Trumpeting Peace

Trumpeting Peace

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza plays the trumpet with saxophonist Blue Villamor at the dinner for members of the peace implementing panels of the government and Moro Isla ...

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Ooopss, it’s GPH in peace process with Bangsamoro but GRP with NDF

Ooopss, it’s GPH in peace process with Bangsamoro but GRP with NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) -- It’s the same Philippine government but in the Duterte administration’s peace process, it’s “GPH” with the Bangsamoro and “GRP” with the Nation ...

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Membership in body drafting Bangsamoro law up from 15 to 21; panels begin work ASAP

Membership in body drafting Bangsamoro law up from 15 to 21; panels begin work ASAP

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/14 Aug) – Membership in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft the new Bangsamoro law has been increased from 15 to 21, “to ensure incl ...

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PEACETALK: “No more waiting. Start implementing”

PEACETALK: “No more waiting. Start implementing”

(Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza delivered an extemporaneous speech at the August 13, 2016 launch of the implementation phase of the GPH-MILF peace process ...

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PEACETALK:  There must be a final closure to this cycle of conflict in Mindanao

PEACETALK: There must be a final closure to this cycle of conflict in Mindanao

(This piece was delivered by Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim at the August 13, 2016 launch of the implementation phase of the GPH-MILF peace process under ...

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Dureza: “Great determination”  to move forward in Bangsamoro peace process

Dureza: “Great determination” to move forward in Bangsamoro peace process

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/ 13 August) – Their presence, in the words of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, was to show the “great determination of the Philippin ...

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Dureza: GPH panel dealing with MILF will also deal with MNLF, etc.

Dureza: GPH panel dealing with MILF will also deal with MNLF, etc.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 August) – The government panel that will discuss implementation of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the Moro Islamic Libera ...

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GPH, MILF to meet in KL on August 13-14; Santiago heads GPH panel

GPH, MILF to meet in KL on August 13-14; Santiago heads GPH panel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 August) – The 10-member government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Implementing Team will meet in Kuala Lumpur on August 13 and 14 to beg ...

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PEACETALK: MILF will always be guided by protocols and mechanisms

PEACETALK: MILF will always be guided by protocols and mechanisms

(MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal delivered this message during the launch of the book "Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity" on 19 July 2016 at Discovery Prime ...

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Duterte: pass Bangsamoro law ASAP, minus contentious provisions

Duterte: pass Bangsamoro law ASAP, minus contentious provisions

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 23 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte wants the enabling law for the future Bangsamoro political entity passed and implemented “bukas kaagad” (lite ...

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Dureza and Murad: a reunion across the breakfast table

Dureza and Murad: a reunion across the breakfast table

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /23 July) – From 2001 to 2003, lawyer Jesus Dureza, Presidential Assistant for Mindanao, sat across the negotiating table in Kuala Lumpur with Al Haj Murad E ...

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GPH-MILF Implementing Team to meet in KL in early August

GPH-MILF Implementing Team to meet in KL in early August

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /21 July) --- The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will formally resume the Bangsamoro peace proces ...

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Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The roadmap to peace under the Duterte administration will neither be “federalism first and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it is rejected,” nor “ba ...

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“Peace is for Everyone” book of Bangsamoro stories: read, weep, hope

“Peace is for Everyone” book of Bangsamoro stories: read, weep, hope

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /14 July) – “A very good book… I could not help but cry when I started reading the stories,’’ Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia of the Autonomous Region in ...

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

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 constitutio ...

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PEACETALK: Complicated Peace Infrastructure

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. W ...

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

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 Fron ...

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COMMENT: Duterte put in bad light

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 desig ...

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

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-parliame ...

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

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” durin ...

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PEACETALK: A Vision of a Future Mindanao

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 fo ...

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

“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 o ...

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PEACETALK: This new dawn is here to stay

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 ...

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PEACETALK: Stand up for Peace! Long Live the CAB

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 a ...

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

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 sepa ...

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

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 two ...

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

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 ( ...

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Army chief: Maute group is no ISIS

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 but a b ...

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Questions on security issues dominate PMA forum on Bangsamoro peace process

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 a ...

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PEACETALK: What next in the Mindanao peace process?

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 for ...

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TPMT says vaccination vs violent extremism is ‘successful conclusion to peace process’

TPMT says vaccination vs violent extremism is ‘successful conclusion to peace process’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 February) – The failure of Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) under the Aquino administration has somehow eroded the confidence of the Moro ...

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

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 ...

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PEACETALK: ‘As is, where is’  Mohagher Iqbal

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 meet ...

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Presidential bets present Bangsamoro peace agenda in dialogue with peace groups

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 Bangs ...

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

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 20 ...

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Beyond PNoy: moving on in the Bangsamoro peace process

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 administ ...

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

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 ...

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Who, what killed BBL?

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 ...

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Bangsamoro law won’t pass under PNOy

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 paved ...

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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”

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 after ...

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Bangsamoro law in the House: no numbers, no quorum

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 Liberatio ...

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

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 Basic Law (B ...

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

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, estee ...

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Marcos: Senate “might still manage” to pass Bangsamoro law by Dec. 16

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 ...

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Ferrer on BBL passage: not much time but “we’re still hoping”

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 ...

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Dec. 16 deadline might pass with no BBL passed but Deles says “we’re not giving up”

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 w ...

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Business, int’l groups push for passage of “acceptable” BBL

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 ...

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PEACETALK: 2016 Philippine election politics causes hiatus in Bangsamoro Law process

PEACETALK: 2016 Philippine election politics causes hiatus in Bangsamoro Law process

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/ 18 Oct) -- This week, tens of thousands of aspiring candidates – from president and vice president, through senators and members of Congress, to governors, ...

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