PEACETALK: On the Draft BBL

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — There is a lot of speculation going on vis-a-vis the said draft, considering that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission’s (BTC) protocol says that it works by… »

PEACETALK: Learning a lesson from the LGC and the ARMM

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 23 April) — The current administration of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has given its full support behind the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The imperative of hands-on democracy now

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) – We’ve had over a century of democracy and electoral politics but real democracy and inclusive development—its putative by-product—continues to be elusive.… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Normalization: some practical considerations

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Of the four Annexes to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Annex on Normalization is one that bears… »

BTC signs draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: 11 yes, 2 with reservations, 2 absent

UPDATED COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 20 April) –  The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was finally completed by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the end of a four-hour plenary session… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: MILF Peace Pact: What if….?


  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — There are many questions that since have arisen after the signing of the comprehensive agreement for the Bangsamoro (CAB). Most of them are questions… »

Former foes vow joint moves vs ‘spoilers’ of peace

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 April) – The Army, police and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Sunday vowed to work together to thwart efforts by so-called spoilers to sabotage the… »

BTC submits “partial” draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has not finished drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but was expected to submit a “partial” draft to the Office… »

Working Towards a Reconciled Diversity

Working Towards a Reconciled Diversity Statement of Catholic Bishops and Educators on Peacebuilding in Mindanao Davao City April 10, 2014 Sustainable peace and the righting of historical injustices have been… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Stories and Realities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — For almost more than four decades, we were made to believe that there was such thing as a Bangsa Moro nation – a nation of… »

IPs to President Aquino: on the Bangsamoro

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT April 7, 2014 HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III President of the Republic of the Philippines Malacanang, Manila Your Excellency President Aquino:
Greetings of Peace… »

Catholic bishops, educators vow to strengthen peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — Catholic bishops and educators vowed to strengthen the role of the Catholic Church “in the promotion of lasting peace in Mindanao” as they welcomed the… »

COMMENT: Impact Overrated (2)

II. Personal Testimony GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 14, 2014 – In the first part of this article, we cited some data from a paper at the University of the Philippines,… »

PEACETALK: Many and Differing Narratives… towards a Shared Vision and Shared Future?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — Whenever we speak of peacebuilding in Mindanao, we need to be reminded that there are several narratives both from within and without of the diverse… »

Miriam and Miriam meet on Bangsamoro peace pact after Lent

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) –  Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Senator Miriam Santiago will meet to discuss the Bangsamoro peace pact “after Lent,” Ferrer told a gathering of… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What’s our idea of community?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) – The impending birth of the Bangsamoro entity and its official recognition as a distinct community should give us pause. It should… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law not yet done but submission set for Monday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has yet to meet in plenary on Sunday to deliberate on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but has set… »

BTC to submit draft Bangsamoro law to Aquino on Monday

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 April)—The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will finally be submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacañang by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) on Monday (April… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Political will and the Bangsamoro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – To cynics and skeptics about the Bangsamoro peace deal: suppose we give peace a chance, what would we lose and what… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Deals to Be Done (2)

II. Before and After GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 4, 2014 – In the first part of this article posted last March 26, we discussed the impact of the transition proper… »

Santiago claims Bangsamoro pact is “unconstitutional;” Ferrer says it is constitutional

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 April) – The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is “unconstitutional,” Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said… »

2 days after March 31, BTC has yet to submit draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) – Two days after its supposed March 31 deadline, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has yet to submit its draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). BTC chair… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: MILF Peace Pact can be formula for disaster

 if…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) — I was not able to watch live the TV coverage of the signing of the peace agreement  at Malacanang but from what I gathered from… »

CRUCIBLE: Moro Dialectic and RP-Malaysia’s Unwritten Rule

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) — We would supposedly talk about the recently held Arab Summit in Kuwait. It is thought that said event spoke volume of the dynamics… »

THE VOICE: Euphoria, Yin & Yang Over Agreements

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) — There’s just something about being euphoric that’s eerie.  We just can’t shake off our penchant for pomp and revelry like what we just witnessed over… »

MIND DA NEWS: CAB in reality

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 March) — With dignitaries from Asia, the Arab countries, European Union and the America among the more or less 1,500 witnesses, the Government of… »

Quevedo to Ateneo grads: “contribute to peace, correct tragic imbalances in society”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — Mindanao’s first Cardinal urged graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University, whether they are Christians, Muslims or Lumads, to contribute in their own little ways… »

The men and women in Pikit gathering

[Play slideshow] They had suffered the most in times of war, fleeing to evacuation centers where they stayed for weeks, sometimes months. The town plaza in Pikit, North Cotabato had… »

Celebration in Mendiola

[Play slideshow] Moro people in Manila rejoice at the signing on Thursday, 27 March 2014, of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic… »

From the battlefields of Mindanao, Bangsamoro peace pact signed in the gardens of Malacanang

KALAYAAN GARDENS, Malacanan Palace (MindaNews /27 March)  — From the battlefields of Mindanao, the 17-year old peace negotiations between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

CAB signing start of much more challenges – Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman hailed Thursday the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Deals to Be Done

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The establishment of the Bangsamoro in lieu of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao before President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III steps… »

Celebrating the Bangsamoro: “They’ve run out of green cloth,” says Iqbal

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews/26 March) – On Saturday, five days before the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Negotiations over; GPH, MILF initial Bangsamoro pact

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – After 17 years, the Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally ended peace negotiations on Saturday, March 22, with the initialing of… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Is it really a declaration of unity?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 March) — On March 18, 2014, in commemoration of the 1968 Jabidah Massacre, members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who claim to be “the pioneer… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Questions without answers – for now

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – In a statement Wednesday, lawyer Jess Dureza, a former chair of the government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), offered… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: A Done Deal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/20 March) — That the Bangsamoro will be established by the time President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III will step down on June 30, 2016 is a done… »

MILF unprepared for elections, says former chief peace negotiator

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 March) – A former chair of the government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday expressed apprehensions it might be premature… »

CRUCIBLE: Religion and Politics in the Philippines: Asset and Liability

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – Today is March 18. It is a commemoration day of the Jabidah Massacre – that infamous event that triggered the Moro struggle in… »

After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) —  The  Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  will celebrate two significant events in the history of the Bangsamoro this month: the signing… »

SIDEBAR: March in the history of the Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Will the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) this month and the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by March 31… »

Call of the Times

Tarpaulins calling for support to the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the charter that would govern the Bangsamoro region envisioned by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front,… »

Crafting of dev’t plan for Bangsamoro starts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 March)—Another milestone was achieved for the Mindanao peace process with the launching Wednesday of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) here, the roadmap for short- and medium-term development… »

Sajahatra Bangsamoro’s feat bared

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/5 March)— The peace panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) met here Tuesday, this time not to sit… »

Voc-Tech Scholarships

MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal and GPH peace panel chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (rightmost) look on as certificates of scholarship for technical and vocational  courses provided by TESDA are… »

COMMENT: ‘Distrust’ in Muslim-Christian Relation (2)

II. Distrust Perceived GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/1 March) – In the last issue, we related our personal knowledge and experience to put in proper perspective the perceived Muslim-Christian distrust as… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Is Peace an Objective or Just a Tactic?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/1 March)–The signing of the annexes to the proposed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)—presumably the terms and conditions for peace in Mindanao—have set the stage… »

MILF commander thanks military custodians

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 February) – The commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 118th Base Command who was arrested  late Sunday afternoon and released early Tuesday evening thanked the 6th… »

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Foreword to “Bangsamoro Quest: The Birth of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front”

The development of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been wrapped in such a colorful history. To some extent, the MILF itself, as an organization, continues to be viewed… »

ARCHIVES: Quevedo on Injustice: the Root of Conflct in Mindanao

ARCHIVES Injustice: the Root of Conflict in Mindanao By Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI (Note from MindaNews. This paper was delivered by Cotabato Archbishop  Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., also president… »

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