PEACETALK: What happens when Peace processes fail, and when they succeed?

Kristine Höglund and Isak Svensson Upssala University*, Sweden The Philippines stands at a critical juncture. The Congress is currently deliberating on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and its passage will be… »

House committee votes ‘yes’ on draft Bangsamoro law

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 20 May) – After three days of hectic deliberations, the House ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law approved on Wednesday the draft measure which lawmakers… »

Marathon Hearing

The House Adhoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law ends its two-day marathon hearing on the proposed amendments on Tuesday evening (19 May 2015) at the House of Representatives in… »

House committee rejects provision on titular head of Bangsamoro gov’t

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — The House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday struck down the provision creating the office of a titular head of government… »

2nd Day of Voting

Members of the House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law resumes voting on the new working draft of the BBL at the House of Representatives in Quezon City… »

Palace version of BBL won’t address Mindanao armed conflict – Makabayan bloc

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – Malacanang’s version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not address the root cause of the armed conflict in Mindanao, progressive lawmakers said in a… »

Boxing Champ Meets Peace Champ

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo (right) and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao talk in the sidelines of the voting of the House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro on May 18,… »

Cry from Moro Women

Moro women march from South Gate to North Gate of the House of Representatives in Quezon City to call for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 18,… »

BBL’s fate in the hands of 98 reps, most of them from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 May) – The fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) — whether it is one that adheres to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement… »

Rodriguez on BBL voting: “we’re ready to vote;” but are the rest?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews /17 May) – When members of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) convene at the Nograles Hall on Monday afternoon, May 18, Committee… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: What to do with China?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) — I talked on the phone last Saturday with Zambales Gov. Hermogenes ” Jun” Ebdane who was a colleague in the Arroyo Cabinet. He has set up… »

“Yes to BBL” groups to march around Congress; “No to BBL” groups troop to Luneta

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – Peace groups supporting the passage of a “meaningful” Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or one that respects the spirit and letter of the Comprehensive Agreement on… »

Experts say GPH-MILF peace pact a significant achievement in fighting terrorism

MAKATI (MindaNews/17 May) — International security analysts  and Singapore based geopolitical experts  led by former Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, former Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) lauded the Philippines… »

MIND DA NEWS: For Now, Best Options

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 May) — The establishment of Bangsamoro as meaningful autonomy under the realm of justice, peace and prosperity is in a seriously precarious situation unless… »

PEACETALK: Achieving Comprehensive Peace with BBL: Why Lawmakers are confused about the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula? (Part I)

Lawmakers and policymakers before the start of the sponsorship for the Draft BBL could debate the central question that begs interpretative reservations about the Framework of Bangsamoro Agreement (FAB) and… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL Guessing Game

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 May) – The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law pending in the Congress since early September 2014 is now the subject of a guessing game. Fate… »

PEACETALK: The Bangsamoro Basic Law: Roadmap to Just and Lasting Peace

The Long Tortuous Road to Peace and Bangsamoro Self-Determination The journey to peace in Southern Philippines has been arduous and tedious, at times hostile and adversarial, replete with stops and… »

House Committee on BBL resets voting to May 18, 19, 20

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – The Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) on Monday night announced the resetting of its voting on the proposed law to May… »

Rallies held in Mindanao as House committee sets vote on BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – Peace advocates on Monday held rallies in key cities in Mindanao to drumbeat support for the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law which was scheduled… »

PEACETALK: Peace in Mindanao, Now Na; Bangsamoro para sa Bayan, para sa Lahat!!

(Speech delivered by Gus Miclat, Executive Director, Initiatives for International Dialogue; Convener of All-Out Peace Campaign; Friends of the Bangsamoro; Secretary-General; Mindanao Peaceweavers. Martsa Rally ng Bangsamoro para sa Bayan,… »

“Vote for our future, Vote for Peace,” House Committee urged as it votes on BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — “The future of Mindanao and the Philippines is in your hands,” a Catholic priest said as he and other supporters of the peace process urged… »

MINDA DA NEWS: Not the “Common Man”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 May 2015) — MindaNews reported last Thursday, May 7 (House leaders to peace advocates: BBL won’t be less than ARMM) House Speaker Feliciano Belmente Jr. as… »

Peace groups march to Congress as BBL committee votes on May 11

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 May) – Thousands of supporters of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will march from St. Peter’s Parish along Commonwealth Avenue to the House of… »

PEACETALK: Strength, but not without Shame

[A Reflection on Our Trustworthiness vis-à-vis Muslim Filipinos] DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — In presenting the report of the Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to both the… »

COMMENT: BBL: Citizens’ Peace Council Tells Congress (2)

II. More on the Police GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — This piece is a continuation of two BBL comments – one, “On Deleted Provisions”, and the other, “Citizens’ Peace… »

Wearing it Proud

While most of the athletes bear their names or region on the back of their jerseys, these football players from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Region had their jerseys… »

16th Congress can make history as “legislators-peacemakers

  QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – Members of the 16th Congress can make history before they step down on June 30, 2016 by “unlocking the door to a just peace”… »

House leaders to peace advocates: BBL won’t be less than ARMM

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that Congress will pass will not be less than the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that it seeks to… »

Wanted terrorist Abdulbasit Usman killed by MILF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) – Abdulbasit Usman, one of the country’s most wanted terrorists was killed 11:50 a.m. Sunday in a chance encounter with troops of Moro Islamic Liberation… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Off with the mask and the alias now!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – As the final phase of Congress’s consideration of the Bangsamoro Basic Law nears the end, let us reflect on some of… »

At least a thousand march for peace in Marawi; Alonto-led MNLF affirms solidarity with MILF

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/28 April) – At least a thousand residents joined the Bangsamoro Walk for Peace early Tuesday morning  to push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

COMMENT: BBL: On Deleted Provisions (continuation)

 I. On Bangsamoro Police (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) — Some provisions of Article XI on “Public Order and Safety” of Draft BBL (HB 4994 and SB… »

7 killed, 7 wounded in Wao village attacks; mayor, parish priest call for sobriety

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNew / 26 April) – The mayor of Wao in Lanao del Sur has called for sobriety to prevent the escalation of violence that left seven residents dead… »

COMMENT: BBL: On Deleted Provisions

I. On Bangsamoro Police GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 24, 2015 – The House AHCBBL (Ad Hoc Committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law) said it had deleted five provisions of the Draft… »

PEACETALK: We have gone this far in our peace process; there should be no turning back

(Thank You Speech by Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer Awarding Ceremony, Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 22 April 2015) Your Excellencies: Former… »

COMMENT: A New Wall Is Rising

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – A new wall to scale is rising in the path of Draft BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law – HB 4994, SB 2408)) even… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Taking a leap of faith on the BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – The MILF Panel Chairman, Mohagher Iqbal, has been asking—as does PNoy as well as the government negotiating panel—that we “fast-track” the… »

OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF, MILF leaders in Davao City; secretariat for Bangsamoro Coordination Forum set up

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 20  April) — The secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met separately with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic… »

OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF and MILF

Iyad Bin Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) arrives for his meeting with the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum – composed of leaders of the… »

COMMENT: BBL: Meaningfulness and Transition

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 19 April) — Passing a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that embodies Draft BBL virtually intact is not enough to have a BBL meaningful for the establishment… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: An alias is an issue of trust and confidence

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — It is good that the truce with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has held fast thus far, prevailing more or less throughout… »

TURNING POINT: Of Aliases and the Peace Talk

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 16 April) – There was an intriguing twist in the House hearing on the Mamasapano incident last week. Attention shifted, at one point, from the… »

PEACETALK: Matching the Peace Commission with Parity of Esteem: What kind of BBL comes after politicking?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) — Where is written in parchment that bloodcurdling politicians are supposed to be on God’s side of public spiritedness? President Aquino III was well-advised… »

Peaceful Conversations

Pro-BBL campaigner Archbishop Antonio Ledesma (left) and Rep. Rufus Rodriguez ( 2nd district, Cagayan de Oro), chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Rodriguez: BBL okay assured, but for eight provisions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – The chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will push for the passage of the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: What hindsight tells us

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – As they say, hindsight is 20-20 vision. Looking back, it is clear now how myopic the central government had been in… »

PEACETALK: Ten Easter Challenges for Peace in Mindanao

(Easter Sunday message of Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro City, 05 April 2015) As we start the Easter season recalling Our Lord’s triumph over injustice,… »

A gathering of generations

Three generations of Moro women peace workers – Samira Ali Gutoc of Lanao del Sur, Bainon Karon of Maguindanao and former Santanina Rasul of Sulu – were among the participants… »

Friends of Peace

Former Comelec chair and 1986 Constitutional Commission member Christian Monsod, Mindanao Business Council chair Vicente Lao, Mindanao’s first Cardinal,  Orlando B. Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato; Amina Rasul of the Philippine… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Calvary for BBL & Peace Negotiators 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) — Christianity’s traditional annual “Calvary” is over now.  But for the peace workers and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the long road of Calvary is still continuing.… »

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