Marawi rally makes “last stand” on “acceptable BBL”  

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/01 September) — In one of the largest crowds ever gathered at Plaza Cabili in Banggolo, thousands of Meranaos on Monday staged a rally dubbed “The Last Stand… »

Q and A with MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “The struggle will not end”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/30 August) – While Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was discussing scenarios on the peace process late afternoon of August… »

Murad: Senate version “clearly violated the peace agreement” but “will wait until the final process”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 August) –House Bill 5811, the substitute bill to the GPH-MILF draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has been criticized by various sectors, including… »

Rufus’ Sept. 15 target to pass BBL: only 8 session days left

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) – There are only eight session days left from Monday, August 31 until September 15, the target date for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

MindaNews given ‘Award of Distinction,’ GMA’s Morong is McLuhan Fellow

MindaNews was given an “Award of Distinction” by the Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR) in Makati City Thursday, citing the news cooperative’s “commitment to accuracy, fairness and relevance”… »

Pass the BBL now or pass on to next administration?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Aug) — Congress is rushing the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with only 15 session days left from August 24 until the national budget debate… »

Rufus says BBL passed by Sept. 15

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 August) – Only 15 session days are left to tackle the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) until the national budget deliberations go to the plenary… »

MIND DA NEWS: Heed Those Statements

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – The leaders of the Congress, the Palace and the President, especially, must heed the latest statements from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

SWS surveys say Pinoys prefer peaceful means over military ops

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – Despite the tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that left 66 persons dead on January 25 this year, Filipinos continue to prefer peaceful means over military operations… »

Only 18 session days left for BBL before Congress starts plenary debates on budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 August) – As it is holding only three session days per week, Congress has only 18 session days left from August 17 for the interpellation,… »

MIND DA NEWS: ‘CR’ 200% Anti-BBL

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – “CR” is Senate “Committee Report 200” or Senate Bill No. 2894, the substitute to SB No. 2408 or the original Draft Bangsamoro… »

MILF’s Murad: if no BBL under PNoy, next administration

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /08 August) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is still looking forward to the commitment of President Aquino to push for the passage… »

Only 39 session days left for BBL before Congress goes on recess

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /05 August) — Can Congress still pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is “mutually acceptable” to the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that… »

Duterte: honor peace agreements

M’LANG, North Cotabato (MindaNews /04 August) – The next President of the Philippines will have to deal with the peace processes with the Moro and the National Democratic Front (NDF)… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL ‘Binobola’ Lang

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) — In Tagalog (Pilipino) and other Philippine dialects “bola”, adopted from Spanish, means “ball”. The verb form “binobola” has two meanings — literally,… »

Civil society supports BTC reso; says HB 5811’s autonomy is “weaker than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – Representatives from civil society on Thursday expressed support for the resolution passed by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) rejecting HB 5811, saying the House of… »

BTC rejects HB 5811; urges Congress to pass BBL “in its original form”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that crafted the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has virtually rejected the substitute bill of the House of Representatives as… »

Beyond Mamasapano: Tough road still ahead for Bangsamoro peace

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (VERA Files/30 July) — The skeleton of a new bridge, concrete, now stands close to the old wood one made iconic by the bloody incident six months… »

Manifesto of Various Sultanates in the Bangsamoro on The Immediate Passage of the agreed version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

STATEMENT We, the Traditional Leaders and Royal Ladies of the Bangsamoro, representing the various sultanates such as the Sultanate of Buayan, Sultanate of Kabuntalan, Sultanate of Dikaya, Sultanate of Linatangan… »

House resumes BBL interpellation on Aug. 4; still no substitute bill at the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – The House of Representatives will resume the interpellation period for House Bill 5811, the substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday,… »

BBL in PNoy’s SONA: 3 minutes out of 130-minute speech

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) –   One paragraph, the rest video materials, for a total of three minutes on what is supposed to be an “urgent” bill — the Bangsamoro Basic… »

PNoy’s challenge to BBL critics: propose a better soltution

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) — President Benigno S. Aquino III only had a few words to say about the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but he snapped back at those… »

COMMENT: BBL: Aquino Assumes Command (2b)  

II. Truth on Sincerity Exposed (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 July 2015) — The voting of the AHCBBL on its report as recapitulated in the first part of this article… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: BBL: A skeptic’s view

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 July) – “To the end of achieving peace, we are also committed to passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. For far too long, the conflicts in the Bangsamoro have taken on… »

The little girl in red turned out to be Murad’s grandchild

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 July) — Unmindful of the presence of at least 50 journalists, a little girl in red shirt printed with the message “You’ve got to… »

Wondering

Four-year old Sittie Zareenah Ebrahim wonders who is seated beside her grandpa, MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (right) onstage at the Central Committee Convention Hall in Camp Darapanan, Sultan… »

Murad; continue peace process even if BBL not passed within PNoy’s term

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 July) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said on Saturday that it will continue to demand for the implementation of the peace agreements it signed with the… »

Youth outside ARMM urged to “know the history of the Bangsamoro”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – The Executive Secretary of the Autonmous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) urges young people from outside the region to “know the history of the Bangsamoro,… »

PEACETALK: Be true to your vocation as truth tellers, sharers of truth

(Keynote address of Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, at the media forum “Beyond Mamasapano: Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process” on July 24 in Cotabato City)  A Moral and Religious Perspective… »

PEACETALK: Would Mindanao be a better place without media?

(Welcome remarks of Atty. Benedicto Bacani at the media forum “Beyond Mamasapano: Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process” on July 24 in Cotabato City) Welcome to Cotabato City and to this… »

Rifle grenade explodes in Mamasapano village

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 July) – Tension has again gripped this village after a rifle grenade exploded near a farmer’s house Thursday night. Norodin Madsig, 43, said the rifle grenade landed… »

Marcos: “BBL is dead if the Supreme Court voids the peace agreements”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) –   The Senate Committee on Local Government will continue working on the crafting of a substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

PEACETALK: Bias And Prejudice, Challenge To Evangelization

[Privilege Speech of Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI at the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on July 12. Quevedo was President of… »

Bishops want a Bangsamoro Basic Law “rooted in social justice and promotes social justice”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The country’s Catholic bishops adopted during its recent plenary assembly the Mindanao Catholic Bishops’ statement on the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

What people have forgotten about the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – Which BBL? Whose BBL? For whom is the BBL? The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to Congress in ceremonial rites held in Malacanang on… »

Rufus: BBL deliberations to resume August despite petitions in Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 July) – The House of Representatives will resume deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) next month without waiting for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the… »

COMMENT: ‘Bong-Bong’ Bangs Away (4)

III. What He Wants GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 6, 2015 – For eight and a half months, the Senate had failed to come out with a committee report on the… »

PEACETALK: Our past, and what we were and what we are now, are older than all these constitutions

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/05 July) — Two cases have been filed against me, along with the other members of the Government Peace Panel, and other personalities involved in the peace process.… »

MIND DA NEWS: Blessing in Disguise! Welcome!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – We suggested in our June 28 Mind da News article that the Government, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and their supporters should welcome… »

MIND DA NEWS: Don’t Dismiss the Petitions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindNews/28 June) — The petitions of the Philconsa (Philippine Constitution Association) and Jacinto Paras, former congressman from Negros Oriental, to declare unconstitutional, illegal and void the Framework… »

MIND DA NEWS: Just Asking Questions Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) — The Philippine Constitutional Association (Philconsa) and former Rep. Jacinto Paras (Negros Oriental) filed separate petitions last week asking the Supreme Court to… »

COMMENTARY: In the War of Attrition on the BBL, Key is Making Moro Autonomy Work

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – The acrimonious debate on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is focused on its legality and constitutionality. Critics of the BBL are keeping… »

Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida meets GPH and MILF officials in Tokyo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 June) — Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to peace and development in Mindanao, particularly in the Bangsamoro, during his meeting Saturday with… »

MIND DA NEWS: Don’t Take Marcos Seriously …

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. barely knew what he said at his press conference in Davao City last Saturday afternoon at the… »

Decommissioning’s significance: “ a promise of peace after Mamasapano”

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 June 2015) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, attended the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in the… »

Delayed BBL passage = delayed decommissioning of MILF firearms, combatants

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 June) – The continued delay in the passage of the proposed Bangsamro Basic Law (BBL) is affecting the timetable not only of the… »

PNoy and Murad: a chance to right the narrative; transformation, not surrender

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/16 June) – For President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Tuesday’s ceremonial turnover of 55 high-powered firearms and 20 crew-served weapons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

TURNING POINT: Job and Peace

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/16 June) — Every time the Gross National Product (GNP) or the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) makes a significant hike, government planners rejoice and toast to the… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: “If not today, tomorrow”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — Many have now serious  doubts about the future of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) given Congress’ failure to pass it on time. I have … »

Marcos says “large parts” of original BBL will be in the substitute bill

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government said they are not throwing away the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as he is certain that… »

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