Marcos: Senate “might still manage” to pass Bangsamoro law by Dec. 16

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 November) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is confident the Senate “might still manage” to pass the Bangsamoro law by December 16 this year but it will not… »

Drilon says BBL still a “top priority’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still a “top priority,” Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said as he gave assurance… »

PEACETALK: In the name of the nameless widows of war, of fatherless children…

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 November) — I write this letter not simply for myself, not for the scars I have received or the injuries I have survived of the emotional anguish… »

Ferrer on BBL passage: not much time but “we’re still hoping”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – “It’s not over until its over,” the chair of the government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said… »

Not over until it’s over

Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer, chair of the government peace panel updates members of the media on the Bangsamoro peace process Friday afternoon, November 13, 2015, at the Apo View Hotel… »

A Gentle shaft of light shines on Kadtabanga through Shariah

  COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – It’s not every day that one encounters a great woman Moro leader who not only commands respect and allegiance from her fellow leaders from… »

Dec. 16 deadline might pass with no BBL passed but Deles says “we’re not giving up”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 Nov) – The December 16 deadline set by the leadership of the House of Representatives and Senate to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will likely pass… »

PEACETALK: Rethinking the Mindanao Divide

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/07 November) — In Mindanao aboriginality is distinguished between Lumad and Moro. The latter is a term derived from the English word, Moor, which the Spanish used to… »

Passing the BBL by Dec. 16: 15 session days in the House, 8 session days in the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 Nov) – Congress has been urged by various sectors to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by December 16, the target date set last month by the… »

Business, int’l groups push for passage of “acceptable” BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindNews/04 Nov) – Thirteen business groups in the country, including the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines Mindanao Business Council and ARMM Business Council, have jointly… »

A Day in Court for the Bangsamoro

Datu Michael Mastura (fifth from left, beside Sister Arnold Marie Noel) files his urgent motion for intervention before the Supreme Court in the presence of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (to… »

Mastura files intervention with SC in defense of FAB/CAB

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) – Give the Bangsamoro a day in court. Datu Michael Mastura, lawyer and historian and direct descendant of the hero Sultan Kudarat, filed Tuesday an urgent… »

BBL Discussion

Eileen Mangubat, publisher and editor of Cebu Daily News, chats with government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer (center) and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal in Cebu City on Monday (19 Oct… »

PEACETALK: 2016 Philippine election politics causes hiatus in Bangsamoro Law process

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/ 18 Oct) — This week, tens of thousands of aspiring candidates – from president and vice president, through senators and members of Congress, to governors, mayors, and… »

With BBL in limbo, ARMM polls to push through; Hataman seeks reelection but..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Oct) — With the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in limbo, elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will proceed as scheduled on May 9,… »

PEACETALK: On the BBL: Imperative Courses of Action

(Delivered during the two-day “Peoples’ Conversations on Hurdling Roadblocks in the Bangsamoro Roadmap to Peace” held at EM Manor Hotel in Cotabato City on October 6, 2015)  The Situation of… »

PEACETALK: The good news

(Delivered at the “Conversations on Hurdling Roadblocks in the Bangasmoro Roadmap to Peace” at EM Manor Hotle, Cotabato City on October 5, 2015) COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 October) — May bago… »

Only 18 session days left to pass BBL but CSOs, peace panels say “never say never to peace”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 08 October) – “Never say never to peace,” Mindanao’s civil society organizations and the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels say even… »

Biggest roadblocks to passage of BBL: fear, biases and prejudices

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 October) – The biggest roadblock to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is “the fear of the legislators about the BBL as originally presented,” Mindanao’s… »

COMMENTARY: Beyond the four walls: Land and conflict

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — In our Principles of Economics class, we study why peace is important to the economy. We relate the absence of peace to wasting scarce resources… »

PEACETALK: Bangsamoro is about social justice

(Delivered at the Mindanao Forum on Peace in Mindanao, organized by the Interreligious Council of the Philippines on Sept. 21, 2015 at the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Auditorium by Atty. Christian… »

On the Legislation of the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (H.B. 5811 and S.B. 2894)

Statement of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) on the Legislation of the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (H.B. 5811 and S.B. 2894) The Institute for Autonomy… »

MIND DA NEWS: Tomorrow Never Ends

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – Tomorrow never ends. So it seems do deadlines. The Congress has set December 16 as the new deadline for the passage of… »

PEACETALK: Pressing Peace Legislation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Sept) — The peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) emerged out of a situation of war. It… »

Next steps in MILF decommissioning process depend on BBL, says JNC member

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 September) – The next steps in the decommissioning process for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will depend on the progress in the deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Mindanao Specter over APEC Summit

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /19 Sept) — The Philippines will have a good moment in the sun in November when we host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’… »

THIS BLESSED HOUSE: We can pierce the darkness of hate, bias and prejudice

(Speech delivered at the launching of the book, “Rays of the Invisible Light – Collected Works by Young Moro Writers,” at the ARMM Regional Library in Cotabato City on Tuesday,… »

COMMENT: Neglect Most Evident

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 September) – By coincidence, our urgent trip to Cotabato City last September 4 and the September 3 report of The Philippine Star that we… »

PEACETALK: With Trust and Faith, Peace is possible

TIRANA, Albania (MindaNews/09 Sept) — On March 27, 2014, we, the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), respectively represented here by myself and Prof. Abhoud Lingga, signed the… »

PEACETALK: Peace is always possible

TIRANA, Albania (MindaNews / 08 September) — We thought that there was no possibility for peace in Mindanao after prolonged conflict when more than 50,000 people died, more than a… »

House goes on 5-session days a week to pass BBL; Senate sets no deadline

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September) — Starting Monday, September 7, the House of Representatives will be holding five session days a week – from Monday to Friday – instead of three… »

GPH, MNLF, OIC meet to set agenda for Tripartite Review

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) – Representatives from the Philippine government (GPH), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet in Manila… »

New book by young Moro writers launched next week

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 September) — A new book by young Moro writers will be launched next week in Cotabato City. The book, “Rays of the Invisible Light –… »


(This is the author’s Preface to “Rays of the Invisible Light – Collected Works by Young Moro Writers,” which will be launched at the ARMM Regional Library in Cotabato City… »

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… »

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