Moro, militants welcome Duterte’s vow to “implement all signed peace agreements”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – Moro and militant groups on Thursday welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to “implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal… »

One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) late Friday night to… »

Brothers all

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte listens as Datu Abul Khayr Alonto (right) of Lanao del Sur, chair of a faction the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) expounds on an issue during a… »

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their… »

PEACETALK: Complicated Peace Infrastructure

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) — The peace infrastructure between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is complicated and unstable. We need to… »

PEACETALK: Why a BBL amidst discussions and excitement about federalism?

  COTABATO CITY ( MindaNews / 08 June) — Don’t get me wrong. I am as excited as many Mindanawons about federalism. Our excitement, however, should not distract us from… »

Dureza vows to “continue with the gains and build on” Bangsamoro peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – Returning Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza vowed in a statement sent to the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace… »

COMMENT: Duterte put in bad light

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 May) — Unless it is his way of finding relief from his promises, presumptive President Rodrigo R. Duterte must restrain his cabinet-member designates and top allies… »

PEACETALK: Which should come first? Pass BBL or shift to federalism?

MINDAVIEWS PEACETALK: Which should come first? Pass BBL or shift to federalism? Naguib Sinarimbo COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) — With the proposal to shift to federal-parliamentary government gaining traction in… »

PEACETALK: As Duterte would say, this is about “correcting historical injustice”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 May) — This presumptuous guy, Pantaleon Alvarez is suggesting the Duterte administration will simply scrap all peace agreements – with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and… »

Dureza: there will be “wide consultations” on crafting Bangsamoro peace roadmap

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 May) – “Wide consultations on how to craft the Bangsamoro peace roadmap” will be conducted when the Duterte administration takes over on June 30, lawyer… »

COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Will the Bangsamoro be established under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte? MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim sounds optimistic. (MindaNews, May 15,… »

PEACETALK: Historic victory

(Letter of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on 10 May 2016). His Excellency President-Elect RODRIGO R. DUTERTE Davao City Dear President-Elect… »

MILF’s Murad to Duterte: “We will partner with you and your administration”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 May) –The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has congratulated presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for his “historic victory” during the May 9 Presidential election and… »

PEACETALK: Plan B: Post-BBL Non-Passage

NAGA CITY (MindaNews/04 May) — In the wake (pun intended as funeral vigil, as there was understandable mourning or “deep disappointment and grave dismay” by those who worked and prayed… »

MIND DA NEWS: A ‘Must’: Will Congress See So?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 April) – His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, convener of Friends of Peace, and Moro Elder Guiamel Alim are advocating the… »

Presidential bets answer Babu Amina’s “will we ever live in peace?” query

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 April) — Babu Amina of Datu Piang, Maguindanao asked the five Presidential bets during the last Presidential Debate in Pangasinan on Sunday evening a question… »

Abueva: Duterte presidency will open door to amend Consti for federalism

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – A Duterte Presidency will open the door for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution to allow for the shift from the present unitary, Presidential form… »

PEACETALK: Titayan: Transitions toward unexplored possibilities for inclusive governance in the Bangsamoro

(Remarks at the end of the three-day “Titayan: Bridging for Peace” delivered on April 23, 2016 at the Ateneo de Davao University. Titayan in Maguindanao means bridge).  Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi… »

What if?

  A participant raises a question at the start of the two-day workshop of Titayan: Bridging for Peace at the Ateneo de Davao University on April 22, 2016. Delegates from… »

Pass BBL in 2 years; make Bangsamoro pilot for federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /23 April) — A Moro civil society leader said the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) needs to be passed “not later than two years from now” in accordance with… »

PEACETALK: A Vision of a Future Mindanao

What might this vision be? May I contribute a personal envisioning of the future on the basis of socio-moral principles. I envision a Mindanao where God’s law of social justice… »

“Be positive, pro-active, aware of the gains of the peace process”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo urged participants to a peace symposium here to “be positive, be pro-active and be aware of the gains of the… »


Friends of Peace convenor Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, Mindanao’s first cardinal, speaks at the opening of “Titayan: Bridging for Peace,” a symposium on inclusive political transitions in the Bangsamoro at the Ateneo… »

Cardinal Quevedo convenes sympo on Bangsamoro transition from Aquino to next admin

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) – A symposium to tackle the Bangsamoro peace process as it transitions from the Aquino administration to the next will be convened by Mindanao’s… »

PEACETALK: This new dawn is here to stay

(Speech of Sec. Teresita Quintos Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, on the Commemoration of the 2nd Anniversary of the Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, held… »

PEACETALK: Stand up for Peace! Long Live the CAB

(Welcome remarks of MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal during the commemoration of the Second Anniversary of the Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro held at the Notre… »

PEACETALK: The TJRC report: Of Pain and Hope, Peace and a Common Destiny

(Foreword to the Report of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission by TJRC chair Mo Bleeker. The report was handed over to the Government and MILF peace panels separately on… »

Two years after the signing of the CAB, what is there to celebrate?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Guiamel Alim, a member of the Council of Elders of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) says he does not know what to celebrate… »

The dream “Bangsamoro” two years after the signing of the CAB

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – At the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on… »

Film showing, photo exhibit mark second anniversary of CAB signing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 March) – A photo exhibit, a film showing, and presentation of plaques of appreciation will mark the observance of the second anniversary of the signing of the… »

Army chief: Maute group is no ISIS

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 March) — The armed group led by the Maute brothers that figured in last month’s clash with government troops in Lanao del Sur is nothing… »

Questions on security issues dominate PMA forum on Bangsamoro peace process

BAGUIO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Questions on security issues concerning the proposed Bangsamoro region dominated the roundtable discussion on the status of the peace process at the Philippine Military Academy… »

Iqbal at PMA

MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal interacts with cadets of the Philippine Military Academy in Fort Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City after his talk on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.… »


FOR a time during the presidency of Benigno Simeon Aquino III, it seemed peace in Mindanao was finally within grasp. On Oct. 5, 2012, the Government of the Philippines (GPH)… »

PEACETALK: What next in the Mindanao peace process?

by KRISTIAN HERBOLZHEIMER  and  EMMA LESLIE, Conciliation Resources The non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by Congress did not come as a surprise. It was a scenario foreseen by… »

Duterte: pass BBL and make Bangsamoro an “example” for the rest to follow

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – A Duterte presidency will push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and make the Bangsamoro an example for the rest to follow… »

Duterte’s rebuttal to Poe on the Bangsamoro shows she needs to study more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 February) — He spoke of righting a historical wrong, of offering the Bangsamoro Basic Law “with the same configuration” as well as federalism for all;… »

PEACETALK: The BBL may have been ‘slain’ by government, but it will live in our hearts

(Privilege Speech delivered by Commissioner Robert M. Alonto during the Plenary Session of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission on February 16, 2016 at the Plenary Hall, BTC Office in Cotabato City)… »

Iqbal: official statement on non-passage of BBL “not late but best time to issue it”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – It took the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 15 days after Congress adjourned without passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to issue an “official statement”… »

Cardinal Quevedo sends questions for Duterte who failed to attend peace dialogue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 February) — Mindanao’s lone Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, lead convener of the Friends of Peace, sent Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, two questions he wants the… »

COMMENT: … Biased Media, Too

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – Bangsamoro is stalled. The BBL that would have launched it by June 30, 2016 had been disabled early in the Congress and… »

PEACETALK: “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”

(Opening Statement of government peace panel chair  Miriam Coronel-Ferrer at the GPH-MILF Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 10‎ February, 2016) KUALA LUMPUR (MindNews/ 11 February) — Ladies and gentlemen, it’s… »

PEACETALK: ‘As is, where is’ Mohagher Iqbal

(Opening statement of Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during the Special Meeting with the GPH peace panel in Kuala Lumpur on February 10, 2016. The meeting… »

GPH, MILF peace panels meet in KL for “ways forward”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 February) – The peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are back in Kuala Lumpur for a two-day meeting that started February… »

Presidential bets present Bangsamoro peace agenda in dialogue with peace groups

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 February) – Presidential candidates will discuss before peace groups and Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo, how they will move forward the Bangsamoro peace process when… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Know us. Kilalanin nyo kami. Know our story.

(Privilege Speech delivered by Anak Mindanao Party-List Rep. Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman at the House of Representatives on 3 February 2016) Bismillahi Rahmanni Rahim. Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi taala wabarakatuhu. What… »


MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 3 Feb) – Congress has left the Bangsamoro Basic Law to die on the bloodstained path to elusive, if not illusive, peace in Mindanao, and so… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Pres. Aquino himself sabotaged the passage of the BBL

(Privilege Speech delivered by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate on the position of the Makabayan Bloc on BL-BAR, delivered at the House of Representatives on 2 February 2016)… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: I am for peace but not for appeasement at the expense of the Republic

(Privilege Speech delivered by Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat on 2 February 2016 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City).  To me and to many, the ARMM is not… »

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