Dec. 17 is target date for passing Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) – Calendared for first reading Monday, September 14, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, now known as House Bill 4994, is targeted for passing by December 17… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Unsolicited advice to Congress on BBL

(Author previously served as chief government negotiator and presidential adviser on the peace process)   DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) –  I have two initial  suggestions to Congress, if I may, … »

Dureza: extend Bangsamoro transition period to 2019

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) — A former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and government peace panel chair in the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is asking… »

Imagining the future Bangsamoro through the draft Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September 2014) — Among the country’s 17 regions, the future Bangsamoro, targeted to be set up by June 30, 2016, will be distinct from all the rest… »

Q and A with MILF-BTC’s Mohagher Iqbal “We have exerted everything possible and that’s what we got out of the process”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Sept) — Mohagher Iqbal, information chief of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been chief negotiator of its peace panel since July 29, 2003 but had… »

ARMM business sector lauds BBL submission

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 September) –The business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) welcomed the submission by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law finally submitted to Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally in Congress. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Mohagher… »

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Mohagher Iqbal (L), chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the MILF peace panel, and BTC Deputy Chair Akmad Sakkam (R), and 12 other commissioners sign Sunday afternoon the transmittal… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law done; submitted to Congress by Sept. 10

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally done. 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law done; BTC commissioners sign transmittal letter

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  (BBL) is finally done. All 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro… »

MIND DA NEWS: Keep Quiet, Please!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 04 Sept) — To OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and to the Presidential spokespersons, just one small request: Keep quiet, please.… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Mindanaons need statesmen, not bullying strongmen!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sep) – Years of peace-making efforts, negotiations, and bending-over-backwards to accommodate the recalcitrant have not freed Mindanao of turmoil and violence. No sooner… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law “99.99% done”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 August) – The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will not meet their self-imposed deadline of “end of August” for the submission… »

Murad: success in Bangsamoro peace process will make armed struggle “the last option”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — Returning to armed struggle if the 17-year od peace process will not succeed is “not a closed option” but the Moro Islamic Liberation Front “will… »

Q and A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “We will try to work out every effort to make armed struggle the last option”  

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was looking forward to his trip to Hiroshima, Japan on the third week of June not only because he was going to address the 6th Consolidation… »

BIFF Joins ISIS

BIFF spokesman Abu Misri Mama announces the linking up of his group with the Islamic State in an interview somewhere in Maguindanao Thursday (28 Aug 2014). MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh… »

BIFF links up with ISIS, assures Mindanao Christians not to worry

SOMEWHERE IN MAGUINDANAO (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – The breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) announced today they are joining forces with the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group. But BIFF… »

PEACETALK: Devolution and the Bangsamoro

MANILA (MindaNews/28 Aug) — The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will soon be submitted to Congress.  The difficult and lengthy process of agreeing the draft only serves to underline its importance… »

Murad: “what’s happening here is different from the Middle East”  

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 August) — Mindanao and the Middle East should not be compared because the situations in these areas are different, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair… »

Murad to Lumads: “We will not repeat the situation where a majority will oppress the minority”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 26 August) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is assuring Lumads (Indigenous Peoples /IPs) in the proposed Bangsamoro that they… »

GPH, MILF: awaiting “mutual acceptance” three years after the “rejections”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 August) – August 23, 2011, Day 2 of the supposed three-day peace talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the Royale… »

Mind da News: BBL Draft with the President; then What?

BBL Draft with the President; then What? Patricio P, Diaz GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 23, 2014 – In a rare occurrence, Luwaran.com, the official website of the MILF Central Committee… »

MINDA DA NEWS: BBL: Respect Breeds Respect

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Aug) – After 4 p.m. yesterday, I visited the website of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to find the… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL: Vital Questions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/19 August)– By the end of this month or earlier, the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) draft, the proposed BBL bill, will be submitted to the Congress. Three reports… »

In 2-day swing, Binay backs Bangsamoro, ‘denies early campaigning for 2016′

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)—Vice President Jejomar Binay has expressed support to the creation of the Bangsamoro government during a two-day swing in Maguindanao province and in this city. Heavily guarded… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress: less than 50 session days left ‘til yearend  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – Four months after its submission to Malacanang (Office of the President), the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), reviewed and now “mutually acceptable” to government (GPH)… »

Draft Bangsmoaro Basic Law out of peace panels’ hands; back to BTC and OP  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – After a month’s unsuccessful attempts by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels to come up with a “mutually acceptable” draft… »

PEACETALK: Between Davao and Manila: An appointment with the BBL

There is a famous story from the Middle East about man not being able to escape his fate: A wealthy merchant from the city of Baghdad has sent a servant… »

Final draft Bangsamoro Basic Law goes to PNoy next week; Congress before end of August

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 August ) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced Friday noon after a three-day exchange of papers and conversations here between Executive… »

COMMENT: After the Bungling, the Scrambling

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – No rhetoric and justifications can deny that the Office of the President (OP) legal team bungled the review of the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Tengku on GPH, MILF: same page, same word but …

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 11 August) – The Malaysian facilitator in the peace process between the Philippine government(GPH)and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said he never doubted that the 10-day… »

Iqbal monitors son’s health while dealing with GPH peace panel  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 11 August 2014) — The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel was always on the phone during the 10-day “workshop” with the government… »

GPH, MILF: draft Bangsamoro Basic Law done by Aug. 18 “In sha Allah”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 10 August) – The peace panels of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front ended their 10-day “workshop” here Sunday without completing, again, like in the three… »

Echoes of Peace

Echoes of Peace from Mindanews on Vimeo. Unresolved issues over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law have recently raised concern among Moro  communities across Mindanao that  violence may erupt should the… »

GPH-MILF Workshop

MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal chats with Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon, member of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board who was a member of the GPH peace panel… »

Where to after 10-day “workshop” on draft Bangsamoro Basic Law?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 August) — The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels have addressed more than half of the issues that need to… »

QUN FAYA QUN: An Open Letter to Rigoberto D. Tiglao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 August) — Dear Mr. Tiglao, I would like to tell you that your article last August 3, 2014  entitled “The next firestorm to hit Aquino” is… »

GPH, MILF peace panels open doors to civil society reps; vow only option is peace  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 August) – For the first time in their 10-day meeting here, the peace panels of the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

Pool of independent lawyers now assisting GPH, MILF peace panels  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 August) —  A newly-formed pool of independent lawyers is assisting the peace panels of the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the… »

GPH, MILF peace panels begin 10-day meet to finalize draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /02 August) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels began Friday afternoon their 10-day meeting here to finalize the text of the… »

PEACETALK: Separating Peace-Building From The Bangsamoro Basic Law

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 31 July) — In a previous piece, I wrote that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was expected to be enacted by Congress before the next State… »

COMMENT: Between the Lines: What?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 July)– In our Mind da News article, “SONA 2014 at a Glance”, July 29, we commented in passing on the President’s four-paragraph statement concerning the “Bangsamoro”… »

GPH, MILF peace panels meet anew to finalize draft BBL; Senate, House leaders await draft BBL  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) — The peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are going to hold a “lengthy meeting” starting Aug 1 to… »

Bangsamoro in the SONA: two minutes and two oversights

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) — Two minutes and two oversights. Those who were anticipating an important announcement from the President on his supposed “legacy” project — the Bangsamoro, the… »

SONA Watch

A small Moro Islamic Liberation Front unit watches on TV the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III in Marawi City on Monday, 28 July 2014. Many… »

‘Nakaka-disappoint naman,’ say MILF rebs on PNoy’s SONA

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – Inside a small, dark office, five young Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels gathered around a small TV set to watch the State of… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Lessons from Graham Nash

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – And there’s so much time to make up/Everywhere you turn/Time we have wasted on the way/So much water moving/Underneath the bridge/Let the water come and… »

War-weary Moros ask gov’t to pass BBL

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/29 July) – Tired of war and running for dear life whenever fighting occurred, many Moros are asking both the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front to… »

Aquino asks Congress to be considerate on Bangsamoro law

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – President Benigno S. Aquino III asked the consideration of Congress for the delay in the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during his… »

Women Power

Bangsamoro women call for President Benigno Aquino III to honor the Bangsamoro Basic Law drafted by Bangsamoro Transition Commission during a rally in Cotabato City on July 28, 2014, hours… »

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