New book on “Bangsamoro” now off the press

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) – The two-volume “Bangsamoro: Documents and Materials” published by the Ateneo de Davao University in partnership with MindaNews, is now off the press, the… »

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… »

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… »

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)… »

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… »

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… »

Iqbal to CSOs: fast-track consultations on Bangamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which is drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) wants civil society organizations to “fast-track” their consultations so the Commission can… »

PEACETALK: Bring the FAB home: Weave the Amakan Annex

Jeremy Simons (i-Emergence/Initiatives for International Dialogue) DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 February) – With all the fanfare and back-slapping surrounding the release of the annex on Normalization, did anyone notice the challenges… »

[SPECIAL REPORT] The women in the Bangsamoro peace process: history, herstory

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/28 January)  —  When the history of the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Bangsamoro is written, the story of the women who helped and… »

QUN FAYA QUN: What lies ahead at the end of the tunnel?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 January) — On January 25, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) jointly signed the last remaining annex to… »

CSOs to hold peace rallies in Mindanao in support of GPH-MILF talks

COTABATO CITY(MindaNews/28 January)—Civil society organizations in Mindanao will conduct simultaneous peace rallies, dubbed “Drums for Peace,” in key cities in the island on Wednesday (January 29) to drumbeat support to… »

GPH, MILF extend IMT, AHJAG tour of duty by another year

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/26 January) – Barely a  day after signing the last of the four annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) that would now pave the way… »

Britain, EU, Japan welcome conclusion of GPH-MILF peace talks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – The signing on Saturday of the Annex on Normalization and Addendum on Bangsamoro Waters to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) has continued to… »

Switzerland lauds signing of last Annex, Addendum to FAB

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – Switzerland hailed the signing of the Annex on Normalization and the Addendum on Bangsamoro Waters to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro on Saturday as… »

GPH-MILF peace deal: “Let it be the real final peace agreement”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/26 January) –  Local and international communities  hailed Saturday’s signing of the last annex that would complete the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), with a Sulu-based professor… »

Mindanao reps confident Congress will pass Bangsamoro Basic Law

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/25 January) –  Rep. Jesus Sacdalan, the governor of North Cotabato whose province petitioned and got the Supreme Court to stop the August 5, 2008 signing of the… »

GPH, MILF sign last Annex this weekend

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 24 January) –  From FAB to CAB. Fifteen months after signing the Framework Agreement on the Bangsmaoro (FAB), the peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH)… »

Malaysian facilitator: GPH-MILF peace pact is “world’s showcase”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/24 January) – The Malaysian facilitator in the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) looks at the nearly completed comprehensive… »

Mind da News: Bridging the GAP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 14, 2014 – Luwaran is the official publication of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) Central Committee. This was the brainchild of Mohagher Iqbal, MILF Vice… »

COMMENT: Yearend Notes: Time Tells No False Tale

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 December) — Man for all his arts may dissemble. But as time inexorably moves on, he comes to grips with truth, sooner or later, as truth… »

GPH, MILF sign Power-Sharing annex; January eyed for signing of comprehensive peace pact

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels signed Sunday night the Annex on Power-Sharing to the Framework Agreement on the… »

GPH-MILF nego on Power-Sharing: only one issue left to resolve

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels were supposed to have ended talks here on Saturday but agreed to extend… »

Bangsamoro Transition Commission and CSO sign MOA on public consultation

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 18 October) –  The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, the body tasked by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law,  and… »

COMMENT: Curious! Just Curious (2)

II. Standoff Not Necessary  GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Oct) — To end Part I of this series, we restated the AFP’s recapitulation of the three-week Zamboanga City standoff… »

GPH, MILF stuck on power-sharing; no deal struck this round

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Oct) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels resumed talks Tuesday, extended it supposedly until Saturday but ended early Sunday morning with… »

GPH, MILF to meet for 10 days next month to finish annexes

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 25 August) – The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels on Sunday afternoon ended the four-day 19th round of talks under the three-year… »

Balindong: “Bangsamoro Basic Law has to be finished as soon as possible”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 23 August) – House Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong and two other Mindanawon representatives sent here by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte to sit as observers in the GPH-MILF… »

Peace talks in KL

Members of the government peace panel led by Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer pose with observers from Mindanao civil society and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the Palace of the Golden Horses… »

Optimism marks resumption of GPH, MILF talks

KUALA LUMPUR  (MindaNews/22 August) – An air of optimism  marked Thursday’s  opening of the four-day talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  on power-sharing… »

GPH, MILF resume talks on power-sharing, normalization; observers present

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/22 August) –  The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels resumed talks at 9:45 a.m. today (Thursday) in this Malaysian capital in the presence of  observers… »

PNoy: poster boy for the Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 August) – After Congress, Mindanao’s business sector. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has become the poster boy in the campaign for the passage of the… »

Murad: MILF’s Central Committee will help fast-track signing of annexes

DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 July) –  The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Central Committee is willing to repeat in next month’s negotiations on the remaining two annexes on power-sharing… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: The Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing Annex: Constitutional Issues

 QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — After initial setbacks, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have finally agreed on the arrangement on Revenue Generation… »

PEACETALK: The “unacceptable status quo” and the Annex on Wealth-Sharing

(Johaira Wahab is a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. She was formerly head of the legal team of the government peace panel negotiating with the MILF. This article reflects… »

Iqbal says MILF got “much more than the ARMM” for the future Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) did not get everything that it proposed to the Philippine government’s (GPH) peace panel on the issue of wealth-sharing… »

ARMM’s Hataman renews pledge to “step aside to make way” for Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) commended the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels for finally… »

Signing of GPH-MILF wealth-sharing annex: not as euphoric but still historic

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) –  The mood may not have been as euphoric as it was in early October when the final text of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro… »

GPH, MILF sign Annex on wealth-sharing

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews/13 July) –  Finally. The Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally reached an agreement on the Annex on Wealth-Sharing  at around 10:40 p.m.… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro Gayud, o ARMM Na Lang?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 July) — Must it be Bangsamoro or just ARMM? That is the naughty question regardless what has transpired at the 38th Exploratory Talks of the government… »

GPH-MILF talks extended by a day in KL; Annex signing not likely

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – As has been their rule during peace negotiations in the time of the Ramadhan, sessions are supposed to be held in the morning only, in… »

OPENING STATEMENT: Miriam Coronel-Ferrer / GPH peace panel chair

OPENING STATEMENT Miriam Coronel-Ferrer / GPH peace panel chair 38th GPH-MILF Formal Exploratory Talks 08 July 2013, Kuala Lumpur Good morning to everyone. Assalamu alaykum to Malaysian Facilitator Tengku Dato’… »

OPENING STATEMENT: Mohagher Iqbal / MILF peace panel chair

OPENING STATEMENT Mohagher Iqbal / MILF peace panel chair 38th GPH-MILF Formal Exploratory Talks 08 July 2013, Kuala Lumpur It has been two months and 29 days since we met… »

Murad and PNoy exchange letters on delays in peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) – Before the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels resumed talks in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, July 8, their leaders had discussed the… »

GPH-MILF peace process: only 1,092 days to the end of PNoy’s term

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 July 2013) – With only 1,092 days left to the end of the Aquino administration, the CSO Summit on the Bangsamoro Peace Talks on Thursday called on… »

“Time is running out….”

Leaders and members of  peace groups gathered at Apo View Hotel in Davao City on July 3 and 4, 2013 and called on government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Why are we in this CSO Summit on the Bangsamoro Peace Process?

(Opening remakrs at the  CSO Summit on the Bangsamoro Peace Talks, Apo View Hotel, Davao City on July 3, 2013 by Ms Patricia M. Sarenas, chair of the Mindanao Coalition… »

PEACETALK: There is no greater prize than peace and prosperity

(Permission was granted to MindaNews to reprint this piece of British Ambassdor to the Philippines Stephen Lillie, as printed in the Philippine Star) My term as Ambassador in Manila is… »

MIND DA NEWS: Annex on Wealth-Sharing snagged

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 June) – Initialed last February 27, the Annex on Wealth-Sharing has remained snagged and, together with the other annexes, can delay longer – if not much… »

Impasse on wealth-sharing annex stalls GPH-MILF talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) – Eight months after the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and four months after President Benigno Simeon Aquino III said peace was… »

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