Former GPH peace panel chair on GPH-MILF peace process: “remain steadfast”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 July) – A former government peace panel chair in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has urged the public to “remain steadfast, no matter… »

GPH, MILF end four-day “workshop” in Manila; major issues unresolved

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 July) — Hopes of crafting a “mutually acceptable” draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: A Bangsamoro community can be our model

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)–Part of our hopes for the Bangsamoro administration is to perform better in developing and maintaining their communities. Nowhere in our island region so far… »

PEACETALK: Transitional Justice and the Bangsamoro

[Welcome Address: Launch of ForumZFD's Moving Beyond: Towards Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Peace Process, at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City on July 14, 2014). It is my pleasure… »

“Compulsory reading” on Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro launched  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – “Transitional Justice? What’s that?“ The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) provides… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Democracy needs intensive care in Mindanao, especially the ARMM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — Earlier on, in a public meeting in Zamboanga City where the crowd booed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) contingent, it’s lead speaker… »

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Just Coincidence? – Criminology, Justice and the Bangsamoro Convergence (1)

Part 1 DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) — As defined in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), Transitional Justice and Reconciliation (TJR) seeks ways to redress grievances, correct… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (2)

2nd of a series I. What MILF Says (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 13, 2014 – By the statements of Chairman Murad Ebrahim and Peace Panel Head Mohagher Iqbal, also… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big?

I. What MILF Says GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 12, 2014 – The peace process between Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has bogged down after the Office of… »

GPH-MILF “workshop” in KL ends; panels to meet again in Manila

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) — “Modest progress.” The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ended Friday noon  their four-day “workshop”… »

GPH, MILF in KL set up teams on power-sharing, wealth-sharing, territory

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 July) — The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are back in Kuala Lumpur on a three-day… »

July 8, 2013 and 2014: A year later, same issues hound Bangsamoro peace process  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 July) — Between July 8, 2013 and July 8, 2014, the peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

PEACETALK: Give peace a chance. Or so we thought

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 07 July) — “Give peace a chance.” This is the oft repeated statement that we hear from all quarters. It almost sounds as if we were… »

PEACETALK: Let our peace process continue to be the bright spot amid the violent conflicts

(Statement issued by government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on Monday, 7 July 2014) The implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is in the critical stage of processing… »

GPH, MILF peace panels return to KL to discuss Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 July) – The Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are returning to Kuala Lumpur today to discuss the draft… »

PEACETALK: Let our peace process continue to be the bright spot amid the violent conflicts

(Statement issued by government pesce panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on Monday, 7 July 2014)  The implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is in the critical stage of processing… »

Bangsamoro in transition (4): Capacity building, capacity mobilization

Last of four parts: Capacity building, capacity mobilization DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 July) – On September 9, 1996, exactly a week after the Philippine government and the Moro National… »

Bangsamoro in transition (3): Transitions within the transition

3rd of a series: Transitions within the transition DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 July) – When the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) presented its draft peace agreement to the Aquino administration in… »

Mind da News: Transition Getting Shorter

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 2, 2014 – The transition proper period of the Bangsamoro for proper transition is getting shorter, so implies a report of The Philippine Star (June 29:… »

Bangsamoro in transition (2): Too much to do, too little time

2nd of a series: Too much to do, too little time DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 July) — When President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA)… »

Bangsamoro in Transition (1): Submitting an “acceptable” Bangsamoro Basic Law

1st of a series: Submitting an “acceptable” Bangsamoro Basic Law HIROSHIMA (MindaNews/01 July) — For the second time in the history of the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH)… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Miscalculations Fatal To Peace Pact



DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 June) – WORRISOME. The latest word on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro  (CAB) with the MILF is worrisome.  President Aquino met discreetly with KAGI MURAD  for the… »

COMMENT: COP6: Notes on Quotes and Notes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 June) — The International Conference on the Consolidation for Peace, the sixth of the series since 2006 (hence, COP6) was held in Hiroshima, Japan last June… »

PEACETALK: Challenges (and Hopes) in the Post CAB Bangsamoro: From the third eye

(Delivered at The Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao seminar-workshop in Hiroshima, Japan on June 23). The Agreement and Bottlenecks The Bangsamoro is a work in progress. But the Signing of… »

PNoy, Murad meet on concerns over draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  

HIROSHIMA (MindaNews/24 June) – It wasn’t a two-hour talk like their first face-to-face meeting in a hotel near Narita airport in Tokyo on August 4, 2011 but President Benigno Simeon… »

COMMENT: More to Proper Transition

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – In our last two-part article, “Believe Them or Not?” (MindaNews: June 17 and 21), we tackled the questions of what could be:… »

PNoy, Murad in Hiroshima for seminar on BMoro peace pact implementation  

HIROSHIMA (MindaNews/24 June ) — Nearly three months after the March 27 signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Moro Islamic… »

Bangsamoro in Hiroshima

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer exchange pleasantries with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and his wife,… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Every Political Party Should Pay Attention to Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/18 June)– Any political party worth its salt should have a vision for Mindanao and a stand on the issues that continue to bedevil the island… »

COMMENT: Believe Them or Not?

I. The Real Reason GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Last April 14, the BTC (Bangsamoro Transition Commission) submitted to the OP (Office of the President) a partial… »

ARMM sets new record: P2.5B investments; biomass energy projects top list  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 June) — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has set a new record in 24 years with P2.5 billion investments registered in the first… »

MILF, MNLF meet in Jeddah; vow to activate Bangsamoro Coordination Forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the different factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) including Nur Misuari’s group, met in… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Wishing the MILF Well in Their Party-Building

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 June)–One wonders how the MILF will go about the task of organizing and capacitating their Bangsamoro electoral vehicle or political party. They’re not exactly famous… »

Peace pact signing lures more investments into Bangsamoro area  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) — The Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) has posted a total of P1.621 billion investments in the first five months… »

MORO IN EXILE: Open Letter to Angeline Jolie

Dear Angelina, I am writing as one of your fans. I do admire your work, your on-screen work but more so your sincere contribution to highlight humanitarian issues. But please,… »

Mind da News: BBL Draft Status Explained

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 11, 2014 — Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles last June 6 after the opening program of the International Conference on inter-faith dialogue for peace at the… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to Congress by July 28

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – Exactly seven weeks to the day it received the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), Malacanang is still conducting what a… »

Gov’t troops, BIFF clash anew in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – Four rebels were killed and several others were wounded as fighting erupted anew in Maguindanao between government troops and members of a breakaway Moro rebel… »

Cardinal Quevedo to Lumads: “sorry”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — Mindanao’s first Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, has apologized to the Lumads (indigenous peoples) for their under-representation at the International Conference of… »

Cardinal Quevedo certain Cotabato City will vote yes to Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 June) – The future Bangsamoro has an early campaigner: Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, Mindanao’s first Cardinal. Quevedo told an international conference here… »

PEACETALK: Historical Moment in Mindanao: Bangsamoro

Author’s contribution to the session on Education and Culture of Peace: the Future of Mindanao on June 7, the second day of the International Conference of Cotabato at the Notre… »

PEACETALK: To the indigenous eye, the forest is the resource

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 June) — If we were to put a monetary value to each fully grown tree, which can absorb 50,000 gallons of water every rainfall; shed tons of… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL Draft Still Being Fine-Tuned

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – The BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) draft is still being “fine-tuned” by the legal team of the Office of the President (OP). This… »

A month later, draft B’moro Basic Law still under review by PNoy’s office

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 May) — One month. The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to the Office of the President (OP) on… »

Bangsamoro Overview

Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the GPH peace panel in talks with the MILF, gives an overview of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro during a forum Thursday (May 22,… »

PEACETALK: Of Constitutionalism and the Bangsamoro Basic Law

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/18 May) — The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is expected to be enacted by Congress before the next State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino. Meantime… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law still with Office of the President

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) — Congress resumed session on Monday, May 5 but the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) whose “immediate” passage thousands of residents called for in… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Bangsamoro Development Plan Workshop on Culture  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — The Bangsamoro Development Agency conducted a consultative workshop on culture last May 7, 2014 at Estosan Hotel, Cotabato City. The participants from different organizations (government… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What We Really Want From the Bangsamoro Agreement

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/06 May) — The greatest any Filipino or Mindanaon can expect from the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is genuine peace, the goodwill it fosters for… »

Bangsamoro Rally

Maranaos gather in Balo-i town in Lanao del Norte on Sunday morning (4 April 2014) to urge Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law without delay to attain a lasting… »

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