PEACETALK: Why the euphoria of FAB and CAB did not last long: What comes next for BBL?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 5 March) – The euphoria for the GPH-MILF (Government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front) agreements (Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro) was a… »

MY MY MY MARAWI: 38 Days After Mamasapano, Back in the Senate

PHILIPPINE SENATE (MindaNews / 4 March) – In the Senate last Tuesday (March 3), many of the Senators stood but not one Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) lobby from the movements. Acceptability… »

COMMENTARY: Asking the Right Question: Acceptability of a Watered-Down BBL

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — Much has been said regarding the incident that occurred on the 25th of January 2015, in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Several versions of the facts have… »

Moro Netizens

Young Moro women record on their phones a pro-Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) rally in Tantawan Park in Cotabato City 25 Feb 2015. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

PEACETALK: Justice can be attained if we all sit down with calmer heads

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 March) — I am writing this letter as the hate I see over unfortunate incidents has risen. We have politicians crying for “Blood, Blood, spill it on… »

“Justice for civilian killed, justice for carabao and cow killed”

TUKANALIPAO. Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 Feb) –  Twenty-nine year old Zayna Kiang wants to know when the promised compensation for civilian victims of the Mamasapano tragedy would be given since it’s been… »

COMMENTARY: Another view of the Mindanao divide

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/26 February) — The term adivasis is the generic appellation used in India for the various ethnic groups duly recognized to be its aboriginal population. This designation is similar… »

MILF guerrillas watch from a distance as PNP Board of Inquiry visits encounter site  

SITIO ALILING, Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 25 Feb) –“Tingnan nyo, basta may coordinate, wala talagang problema (See, if there’s coordination, there is really no problem), Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Yes to BBL

Army soldiers walk past a poster urging the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano town in Maguindanao on Tuesday (24 Feb 2015). The soldiers were… »

COMMENT: An Ominous Prelude? (2)

II. Prerogative and Compromise GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – It has become clear the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not be passed as originally provided in the Draft… »

CRUCIBLE: Sovereignty versus Sub-State

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 23 Feb) — It is an honor to be given the opportunity to share my view in today’s Joint Committee hearing of the Senate on the Bangsamoro… »

PEACETALK: The biggest obstacle to peace is anti-Moro sentiment

(Closing statement of H. Marcos C. Mordeno, chair of MindaNews, at the Media Roundtable Discussion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, 21 February… »

MILF vows to pursue talks; says Bangsamoro law must conform to peace pact

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front will continue pushing for the conclusion of the peace agreement with government even if the present Congress fails… »

CHR brings forensic experts in the house where Marwan was killed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /22 Feb) – A team from the Commission on Human Rights visited the site of the January 25 encounters in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Friday in the company of… »

PEACETALK. Let reason and facts sway our opinion, not deeply held biases and mistrust

(Opening statement of Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, chief legal counsel, government peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, at the Media Roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Still Hopeful for Peace

Prof. Abhoud Sayyed Lingga, a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel, talks on the prospects of the peace process during the roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

PEACETALK: We have not abandoned this position, and we will not abandon it

(Opening statement of Robert M. Alonto, Commissioner of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and senior member of the MILF peace panel at the Media Roundtable at the Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de… »

PEACETALK. Let not the tragic Mamasapano incident be a hindrance to attaining peace

(Welcome Remarks of Jerry Orcullo, President of Cagayan de Oro Press Club during the Media Roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic Law Roundtable, Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, 21 February… »

COMMENT: An Ominous Prelude? (1)

I. Take It or Leave It GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 21, 2015 – At no other time than at this critical period in the wake of the Mamasapano incident —… »

PEACETALK. Why hold the Bangsamoro Basic Law hostage to the Mamasapano inquiry?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 Feb) — Government policy on “the primacy of the peace process” cannot be run down or its continuity turned around without addressing the root causes of violence.… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH : Message of peace and how ordinary people can help

(Privilege Speech delivered by Maguindanao 1st district Rep. Bai Sandra S. A. Sema at the House of Representatives on Monday, February 16) Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. Assalamu Alaikum means peace… »

PEACETALK: Do not hold the future of the Bangsamoro in captivity

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Feb) — I speak for my generation. I speak for a generation that is quick to pass on judgment. I speak for a generation of… »

ESSAY: Samaon Sulayman, in memoriam

MANILA (MindaNews/16 Feb) — He was conferred the Living National Treasure distinction, and the State provided him a monthly stipend to allow him to persist with his art. Samaon Sulayman,… »

PEACETALK: The Long, Lonely Road Through Camp Abubakar

NARCISO RAMOS HIGHWAY (MindaNews/ 15 Feb) — Camp Abubakar, for so many years, was a name which evoked fear among the Christians but served as a source of pride for… »

TURNING POINT: Enemies as Partners in Peace

NAAWAN, Misamis Occidental (MindaNews/15 Feb) — For one who is publicly known as among those who are eyeing the highest post of the land in 2016, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano… »

‘Bike for Love’ held in Maguindanao to push for Bangsamoro Basic Law

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 February) — Valentine’s Day became an occasion to push for the resumption of deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which have been put on hold following the… »

Mangudadatu urges Maguindanaoans to help arrest ‘wounded’ Usman

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 February)—Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu challenged Friday his fellow Maguindanaoans to help locate Filipino terror suspect Abdul Basit Usman, whom the official claimed was wounded in the… »

Drones flew over Mamasapano village in run-up to Jan. 25  

SITIO AMILIL, Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 12 Feb) — A full week before the January 25 operations to get Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli bin hir aka Marwan, residents here… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL Cast in Limbo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – The urgent Mindanao peace measure, the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill (HB 4994, SB 2804), is not doomed; but House Ad Hoc Committee… »

Maranaos donate money to MILF ‘martyrs’ during pro-BBL rally

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – At first, the money came in trickles. Coins, P20 bills, then P50 bills. Then as suddenly as it started, everyone was throwing bills… »

With BBL, children in conflict areas can dream

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – Children in conflict areas in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) can have dreams beyond the war, according to a spokesperson from… »

BBL supporters go to streets, plazas

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – As the Senate inquiry on the Mamasapano carnage began, throngs of Bangsamoro people and representatives of civil society organizations went to the streets… »

For Bangsamoro

Marawi City residents participate in the Bangsamoro National Day of Mourning rally in Plaza Cabili, Banggolo on Tuesday (10 Feb 2015). The rallyists are calling for the passage of the… »

BBL is the Answer

MILF members and supporters stage a peace rally in Cotabato City Tuesday morning (10 Feb 2015) as part of the move to push the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Deliberations in… »

MILF, supporters hold peace rally in Tawi-tawi to support BBL

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – About 300 members and supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Tawi-tawi staged a rally in the capital municipality of Bongao… »

Unit endorses P863-M investments in ARMM

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/8 February)—Two big-ticket projects worth P863.05 million were endorsed to operate in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Lawyer Ishak Mastura, head of the ARMM’s Regional Board… »


COMMENT: Marwan Dead at Pyrrhic Cost

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 February)– The question now is no longer “Is Marwan (alias of Jemaah Islamiyah bomb-terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir) dead?” His death has been confirmed by the US… »

COMMENTARY: President Aquino’s Second Address on Mamasapano

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 Feb) — Today’s reading from Hebrews says: “Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account,… »

COMMENTARY: Demanding justice without abandoning the desire for peace

by Paul Adolfo Peace and genuine autonomy have been very elusive in Mindanao, and for us as a nation. Several attempts to end the conflict between the Government and the… »

Q&A with Cardinal Quevedo: “Peace is the only solution to living together, developing a territory together”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, the Archbishop of Cotabato, was in Bergamo, Italy to celebrate the Santo Nino mass for 3,000 Overseas Filipino Workers… »

COMMENT: BBL Innocent Victim?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – The 12-hour encounter, more or less, between the Moro rebels and the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Barangay Tukanalipao,… »

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: “Drowning in a flood of Impunity and Fear:” UN Envoys are entreated regarding the worsening situation of IPs in the Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) ­– Timuay (chief) Alim Bandara stated, “we cannot keep silent anymore,” in his testimony about nine indigenous leaders who were killed from May 1… »

Quevedo on Mamasapano: “Justice should not be selective but inclusive”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 03 Feb) — Justice should not be equated with revenge and should not be selective but inclusive, for all those who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Mindanao’s… »

GenSan city council cites 44 slain SAF members

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — The city council here cited as heroes the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) who were slain in a clash… »

In pursuit of Marwan, deaths in the marshland

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 01 Feb) — “Hindi namin namalayan ang pagpasok nila. Nagising kami nang nagputukan na” (We did not notice their entry. We woke up to the sound… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: War in our hearts

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 February) – Is it grief for the death of the 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force or deep-running revulsion for the Moro people in general… »

COMMENTARY: But what shall we do with the #Fallen120000?

“There can be no peace without justice. We must not be held hostage by our desire for peace and allow the massacre to remain unpunished.” – Inquirer editorial 1/31/15 QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/01… »

COMMENTARY: The Widow, the Children of Mamasapano, and the Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 January) — As I prayed over the Gospel of Jesus calming the storm today (Mk 4:35-41), two images from yesterday’s events stood out in my… »

GPH, MILF peace panels sign TOR of decommissioning body

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – The peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the Terms of Reference of the Independent Decommissioning Body during their special… »

COMMENTARY: Mamasapano, the President, and the Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /29 January) — The President has called for a day of mourning for those who perished in Mamasapano. When we fly our flags at half mast on… »

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