Murad to head MILF political party; assembly on Dec 23-25

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 December) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is busy completing the requirements to set up a regional political party – the United Bangsamoro Justice Party or… »

COMMENT: Another Extension Puzzles

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 18, 2014 – The House of Representatives has reset again its timeline to pass its version (HB 4994) of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to March 2015… »

COMMENTARY: A better way for Bangsamoro constitutional amendments

NAGA CITY (MindaNews/14 December) — Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas’s column piece “How may Congress handle the Bangsamoro bill?” (12/8/14, p. A19), more particularly on how Congress can handle the serious… »

Inclusion of 39 North Cotabato barangays in BBL highlights public hearing in Midsayap

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/13 December)  — Questions on the possible implications of including 39 barangays in North Cotabato in the Bangsamoro dominated the House public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Midsayap BBL Hearing

At least 1,500 people gather for the public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Dec. 12, making it the biggest attendance so far among the… »

Biz leader calls for creation of Islamic banking department in Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A business leader from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao called for the creation of an Islamic banking department as one of the provisions of… »

COMMENT: BBL: Don’t Miss the Key

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 December) — The House Ad Hoc Committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will end by December 17 its consultations and hearings on the proposed BBL. These… »

PEACETALK: The Toxic Brew of Federalism and Political Dynasties

MELBOURNE (MindaNews/05 December)–It appears that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has inspired a renewed vigor among local leaders in Mindanao to push for the shift to a federal form of… »

Iqbal on federalism: ‘MILF will neither endorse nor reject it’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal on Wednesday said the MILF will neither endorse nor reject proposals for a shift to a… »

Mind da News: Cat Out of the Bag

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – December 3, 2014 – Presidential Communications Operations Office chief Herminio Coloma has just let the proverbial cat out of the bag (The Philippine Star, December 1,… »

MILF assures it will stop using child soldiers

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Tuesday vowed to exert all efforts to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers and remove the group from the… »

PEACETALK: Reflection on the mandate of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/02 Dec) — Can we reach a negotiated transition through successive consultations? The MOA-AD (Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain) was struck down as unconstitutional for “lack of… »

Bangsamoro Law triggered resurgence of moves for federal government, say advocates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) – Some provisions in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law have fueled moves to push for federalism in the country, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday… »

PEACETALK: “IPRA itself is a peace agreement”

This position paper on the Bangsamoro Basic Law was submitted by Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ to the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on October 29, 2014) … »

Rep. Rodriguez says support for Bangsamoro Basic Law is “universal”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) — Despite some concerns, the proposed Bangsamoro Law is receiving overwhelming support  from residents  in Northern Mindanao, the chair of the House of Representatives Ad… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: The BBL deserves to live and flourish! (Part 1)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — I have just read the House version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in its entirety. Offhand, I would have to say it… »

Decommissioning of MILF starts in January 2015

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — The decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will start by January next year, a senior official of the rebel group said… »

Rep. Biazon asks Iliganons to “listen to your hearts”, seek compromise on BBL

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — Warning that the rejection of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would mean “more killings and destruction,” a lawmaker appealed to some 500 people who attended… »

No to Bangsamoro Law

Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat stresses a point against the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law during the House public hearing on the draft law in Iligan City on Nov. 28, 2014.… »

MOA-AD foes on the BBL: Unconstitutional

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 November) – They have spoken. Three politicians who led the opposition to the botched Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain or MOA-AD have made known their stand… »

BBL hearing in Marawi: Maranaos complain of measly share from Lake Lanao’s contributions

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Lake Lanao, the second largest lake in the country, became the center of discussion during the congressional public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Maranao Sentiments

Driza Liningding, of the Bangsamoro Peace and Development Council, complains how the economic benefits from Lake Lanao did not trickle down to the vulnerable sector of the Maranaos during the… »

COMMENT: BBL: 16th Congress the only Option, But …

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still on the Committee hearing and consultation phase. Considered as a local bill, the enactment process… »

COMMENT: BBL: To Wait for the 17th Congress?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, November 21, 2014 – Will the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (HB 4994, SB 2408) have to wait for the 17th Congress. This is a realistic… »

ARMM marks 25th anniversary; its ‘last,’ says Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 November) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is resigned to the fact that it will no longer go beyond 25 years, which it… »

The Bomb in a Drawer

For quite sometime, it was just there, inside a drawer of an office table in a village hall in a town in Maguindanao. It is not the usual office stationery… »

Rep. Rodriguez: Bangsamoro Basic Law passed by “end of February”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) — The new target for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is “end of February,” Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the 75-member… »

PEACETALK: On the More Important Provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law

MELBOURNE (MindaNews/16 Nov) — Establishing peace in Muslim Mindanao need not be treated as an indivisible proposition. Correspondingly, the rejection of unconstitutional aspects of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), if… »

Goldberg reiterates US support to Mindanao peace process

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 November)– United States (US) Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg reiterated his government’s full support to the continuing peace process and the creation of the proposed… »

Lawmaker says BBL should ensure welfare of ARMM employees

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law should ensure that thousands of employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will not be displaced once the Bangsamoro… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Reality check on Bangsamoro pact

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 Nov) — Over the past few days, I came across both good and bad news about the Bangsamoro peace deal. A reality check of some sort. “Good” because the… »

House Committee on Bangsamoro goes to island provinces  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Nov) — The 75-member House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will conduct public hearings in the island provinces of… »

Short-term implementation crucial to success of Bangsamoro blueprint – BDA exec

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 November)—The short-term implementation of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), which requires a total funding of P225.6 billion, is crucial to the success of the new Bangsamoro region,… »

Bangsamoro Development Authority submits economic blueprint

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao —  “This is very unique,” Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed said of the Bangsamoro Development Plan, which was handed by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) to… »

PEACETALK: Is the regional government really necessary?

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/31 Oct) –The resolution to the longstanding crisis in Muslim Mindanao is of course not achieved by simply answering this question—“Do you approve of the Bangsamoro Basic Law?”… »

COMMENT: BBL: More Transition Issues

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 October) – This is a sequel of “BBL: Transition Makes or Breaks” (COMMENT: MindaNews, October 26, 2014). In that, we quoted and discussed Sections… »

SouthCot’s Gov. Fuentes: ok to Bangsamoro but “be sure it will solve problems”

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) — South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes does not have anything against the establishment of the Bangsamoro government but wants to be sure that the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Rodriguez to IPs in Bangsamoro: “Do not worry. IPRA will be applicable”

UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 October) — The chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) has assured residents of this predominantly Lumad town that… »

How not to conduct the Bangsamoro public hearings

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — The House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) scheduled a three-day one-town, four-city series of public hearings from October 22… »

Committee on Bangsamoro Law has two old warriors as members

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — Sulu st district Representative Tupay Loong and Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon sat beside each other at the end of the four-hour public hearing on the… »

House committee assures broad consultations on Bangsamoro Basic Law

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 October) — Leaders of the House ad hoc committee studying the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or House Bill 4994 assured on Monday that all key areas… »

COMMENT: BBL: Transition Makes or Breaks

GENERALSANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — While seemingly miscalculated, the Transition Period of Bangsamoro is what will make or unmake Bangsamoro –.to make the Moros happy, contented and progressive in their… »

PEACETALK: BBL affirms the Bangsamoro identity while keeping it attached to Filipino nationhood

(Submitted by Datu Zamzamin, Mayor of Radjah Buayan to the AdHoc Committee on the BBL at its Public Hearing and Consultation and Hearing on House Bill No. 4994 in Cotabato… »

Malaysians eye Bangsamoro investment

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 October)—Malaysian companies are looking to invest in oil palm and rubber plantations in the envisioned Bangsamoro region as part of Kuala Lumpur’s continuing support to the peace… »

Pass Bangsamoro Basic Law

Placards occupy a portion of the bleachers at Cotabato City State Polytechnic College gymnasium, in Cotabato City on October 23, 2014 during a public hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic… »

FVR advises BBL crafters to revisit 1976 Tripoli Agreement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Former president Fidel V. Ramos said the proceedings of the draft of the law creating the Bangsamoro, which is being deliberated in Congress… »

COMMENT: BBL: Test of Moro Unity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 22, 2014 – Will Moro leaders and their followers unite in Bangsamoro? The plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be the ultimate test. Is… »

House committee to hold 4 consultations on BBL in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Oct) – The House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee studying the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will hold four major public consultations this week… »

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Just Coincidence? (Part 2) Harmonizing Transitional Justice, Legal Pluralism, Policing and Penology in the Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /19 Oct) — The insights from Dr. Jianhong Liu, chair of the Asian Criminological Society, into the contradictions between Asian socio-cultural realities and the underlying socio-cultural assumptions… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Iligan City and Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 October) — It was not planned. But I unexpectedly walked into a consultation forum on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a downtown hotel in Iligan… »

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