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… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Broken Promises, Broken Dreams

(Privilege speech delivered by Maguindanao Rep. Bai Sandra Sinsuat A. Sema on February 1, 2016 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City).  Mr. Speaker, distinguished Colleagues in this August… »

Beyond PNoy: moving on in the Bangsamoro peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /31 January) – “The BLBAR is dead; long live the BBL!” The Congress-proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) under the Aquino administration is dead,… »

Grassroots leader says non-passage of BBL poses new challenges for peace advocates

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 31 January) – A female leader of a grassroots organization here challenged peace advocates “to help find ways in peace-building” given that “ignorance of the… »

BBL passage, decommissioning, etc.. passed on to next administration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the decommissioning of combatants and weapons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other… »

Who, what killed BBL?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — The January 25, 2015 Mamasapano tragedy is to blame for Congress’ failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Senate President Franklin Drilon… »

Bangsamoro law won’t pass under PNOy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – The Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday announced they can no longer pass the law that would have… »

Q and A with MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “The two panels should sit down and plan what will happen to the peace process”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, 67-year old grandfather of nine, has been chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) since July 2003, days… »

Balindong: “This House of Representatives has collectively failed the Bangsamoro people”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) – Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Pangalian Balindong of Lanao del Sur and two other Moro legislators stepped  out of the plenary hall of the House of… »

COMMENT: A-DL, FOIL to BBL: “Hindi ka Nag-iisa”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 26, 2016 – “A-DL” is Anti-Dynasty Law; “FOIL” is Freedom of Information Law. BBL is the original Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law. All three are still bills… »


MILF supporters say they want the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) passed, and not the “diluted” Basic Law of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), during a one-day peace summit at… »

Murad to Congress: give importance to peace, pass the BBL

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 January) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has appealed to Congress to give importance to peace by passing… »

PEACETALK: Re-investigation of the Mamasapano Incident: In aid of justice or political conspiracy?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 January) — January 25, 2016 marks the first death anniversary of the victims of the infamous Mamasapano encounter between the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine… »

Bangsamoro law in the House: no numbers, no quorum

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 January) — A day after House Majority Leader said they cannot guarantee the passage of the Bangsamoro law before Congress adjourns again on February 5… »

MILF: “The BBL will pass if Congress decides to pass it”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) –  “The BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) will pass if Congress decides to pass it. If they don’t, then it is finished, at least for… »

COMMENTARY: Bakit kay Mar lang kayo galit?

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — Yan po ang i-ilan sa mga reaksyon ating natanggap sa ating paglabas ng ating malungkot na saluobin sa pagdeklara kay Mar Roxas bilang Datu at… »

Ranaw Kandilakaw Expedition: Discovering my homeland, my roots

LANAO DEL SUR (MindaNews/16 Jan) — I am a Muslim. A Moro. A Meranao. However, most of my life was spent outside Lanao del Sur, the province of most Meranaos.… »

COMMENT: BBL: Bangsamoro Banished Indefinitely

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 15, 2016 – No matter how unacceptable, let it be stated simply: The Bangsamor is banished indefinitely. This is seen through prevailing circumstances that look irreversible.… »

Congress urged to pass BBL to address “growing threat of religious extremism”

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 January) — Congress must pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to meet “the growing threat of religious extremism not only locally but even among international communities,” Secretary… »

PNoy to meet House reps to push for Bangsamoro law

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 January) – For the second time after December 8, President Benigno S. Aquino III will meet anew with members of the House of Representatives… »

MINDANAO 2015: 8 session days left to resurrect a “dead BBL” or revive a “BLBAR on its death throes”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 January) — As expected, Congress failed to meet its self-imposed deadline to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on December 16, its last session day before taking… »

COMMENT: BBL: Who’s Violating the Constitution? Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 December) — The Philippine Star (December 16, 2015: House drops opt-in provision from BBL) reported the House of Representatives “has decided to delete the controversial opt-in… »

Reunification Meet

After being upset by the peace process, leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) meet for a reunification and reconciliation effort in a… »

MILF, MNLF leaders move to reconcile, unify

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 15 Dec) – Upset by the decades-long peace process and alleged unfulfilled promises by the government, leaders from the two factions of the Moro struggle… »

Bangsamoro nights

They do not celebrate Christmas in the Bangsamoro but the lights within the compound of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in Cotabato City take on a festive mood.… »

Dealing with the Past: TJRC submits report to GPH, MILF peace panels

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 December) – The five-member Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) has handed over to the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels… »

MIND DA NEWS: ­BBL: Hopelessly Hoping

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal is right, “If you look at the process, it looks like they (the… »

Explaining the BBL

Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, GPH peace panel chair, clarifies the misconceptions about the Bangsamoro Basic Law during the media roundtable discussion at the University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo City… »

“Rido” wins National Book Award for Social Sciences

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – The expanded edition of “Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao,” won the National Book Award for Social Sciences category in the 34th National… »

Congress reps urged: “Pumasok na kayo”

ILOILO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – If a government auditor can be suspended for habitual tardiness, what is to be done with members of the House of Representatives who are always… »

MILF’s Iqbal sees no passage of BBL under Aquino

ILOILO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) —  The door has narrowed for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law under the Aquino administration, the head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel said during… »

6 session days to Dec. 16 target for passing BBL; CSOs await Ombudsman’s action on lawmakers’ “chronic absenteeism”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 December) – There are only six session days left from December 7 to December 16, the supposed target date for the passage of the Bangsamoro… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Can we afford further delays in the deliberation and passage of the BBL?

(Privilege speech delivered by Lanao del Sur Rep, Pangalian M. Balindong, the Deputy Speaker for Mindanao, at the House of Representatives on December 1, 2015). Mr. Speaker, esteemed colleagues in… »

Fate of BBL depends on Moro people’s assertion – MILF peace negotiator

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 December) – The future of the Bangsamoro Basic Law depends on the assertion of the Moro people for their rights, a member of the Moro… »

Continue the Struggle

Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga urges Moro civil society groups to continue asserting the rights of the Moro people to keep the peace process going in a forum Monday (30 Nov 2015) in… »

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… »

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