PEACETALK: Would Mindanao be a better place without media?

(Welcome remarks of Atty. Benedicto Bacani at the media forum “Beyond Mamasapano: Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process” on July 24 in Cotabato City) Welcome to Cotabato City and to this… »

Bishops want a Bangsamoro Basic Law “rooted in social justice and promotes social justice”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The country’s Catholic bishops adopted during its recent plenary assembly the Mindanao Catholic Bishops’ statement on the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

Rufus: BBL deliberations to resume August despite petitions in Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 July) – The House of Representatives will resume deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) next month without waiting for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Just Asking Questions Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) — The Philippine Constitutional Association (Philconsa) and former Rep. Jacinto Paras (Negros Oriental) filed separate petitions last week asking the Supreme Court to… »

Senator Rasul to Senator Marcos: invite your mother to talk about Tripoli Agreement

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 June) –   Former Senator Santanina Rasul is urging Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., to invite his mother, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, to his June 9 public hearing at the… »

PEACETALK: Achieving comprehensive Peace with BBL Part 2: How to arrive at decisions given the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 May) — A larger question before Congress about the Bangsamoro is how members as “policymaker” (rather than that suggested by the nomenclature “lawmaker”) should decide on… »

PEACETALK: The Bangsamoro Basic Law: Roadmap to Just and Lasting Peace

The Long Tortuous Road to Peace and Bangsamoro Self-Determination The journey to peace in Southern Philippines has been arduous and tedious, at times hostile and adversarial, replete with stops and… »

“Vote for our future, Vote for Peace,” House Committee urged as it votes on BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — “The future of Mindanao and the Philippines is in your hands,” a Catholic priest said as he and other supporters of the peace process urged… »

MINDA DA NEWS: Not the “Common Man”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 May 2015) — MindaNews reported last Thursday, May 7 (House leaders to peace advocates: BBL won’t be less than ARMM) House Speaker Feliciano Belmente Jr. as… »

Peace groups march to Congress as BBL committee votes on May 11

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 May) – Thousands of supporters of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will march from St. Peter’s Parish along Commonwealth Avenue to the House of… »

COMMENT: BBL: Citizens’ Peace Council Tells Congress (2)

II. More on the Police GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — This piece is a continuation of two BBL comments – one, “On Deleted Provisions”, and the other, “Citizens’ Peace… »

House leaders to peace advocates: BBL won’t be less than ARMM

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that Congress will pass will not be less than the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that it seeks to… »

B’laan Datu Antonio Kinoc, MILF peace panel member, passes away

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) –Antonio “Tony” Kinoc, a B’laan Datu who served as alternate member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel representing Indigenous Peoples, passed away… »

Wanted terrorist Abdulbasit Usman killed by MILF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) – Abdulbasit Usman, one of the country’s most wanted terrorists was killed 11:50 a.m. Sunday in a chance encounter with troops of Moro Islamic Liberation… »

COMMENT: BBL: Meaningfulness and Transition

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 19 April) — Passing a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that embodies Draft BBL virtually intact is not enough to have a BBL meaningful for the establishment… »

PEACETALK: Minding Advice and Consent: Why allow Congress to micromanage a process for war, not negotiation for peace?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) — One year ago today, the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro was signed at Malacanang Palace. How can we make headway in enacting the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic… »

PEACETALK: Ask questions. Propose solutions. The future is yours. You have a stake in it.

[Acceptance speech of Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the MILF Peace Panel and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), of the Fr. William Francis Masterson, SJ Award of the Xavier University in Cagayan… »

“Justice for civilian killed, justice for carabao and cow killed”

TUKANALIPAO. Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 Feb) –  Twenty-nine year old Zayna Kiang wants to know when the promised compensation for civilian victims of the Mamasapano tragedy would be given since it’s been… »

MILF guerrillas watch from a distance as PNP Board of Inquiry visits encounter site  

SITIO ALILING, Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 25 Feb) –“Tingnan nyo, basta may coordinate, wala talagang problema (See, if there’s coordination, there is really no problem), Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

CRUCIBLE: Sovereignty versus Sub-State

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 23 Feb) — It is an honor to be given the opportunity to share my view in today’s Joint Committee hearing of the Senate on the Bangsamoro… »

PEACETALK: The Long, Lonely Road Through Camp Abubakar

NARCISO RAMOS HIGHWAY (MindaNews/ 15 Feb) — Camp Abubakar, for so many years, was a name which evoked fear among the Christians but served as a source of pride for… »

Widows of slain Moro rebels, civilians air grief, anger in “listening session”

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 February) – The widows of slain Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and the civilians killed in the January 25 encounter here aired their grief and anger… »

Drones flew over Mamasapano village in run-up to Jan. 25  

SITIO AMILIL, Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 12 Feb) — A full week before the January 25 operations to get Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli bin hir aka Marwan, residents here… »

Pope’s message on peace a “clarion call” to work harder; memorable for MILF, Muslims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – Pope Francis’ message on the Bangsamoro peace process is “a clarion call” to everyone to work even harder, “collectively harnessing the power of… »

Pope: bringing peace to Mindanao “will result in just solutions”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — President Aquino said nothing about the peace processes involving the Bangsamoro and the communist guerrillas in his speech to welcome Pope Francis in Malacanang but… »

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… »

PNoy meets with BTC on draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 July) – President Benigno Simeon Aquino III met with members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in Malacanang for nearly four hours on Thursday to… »

Former GPH peace panel chair on GPH-MILF peace process: “remain steadfast”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 July) – A former government peace panel chair in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has urged the public to “remain steadfast, no matter… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (2)

2nd of a series I. What MILF Says (Continuation) GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 13, 2014 – By the statements of Chairman Murad Ebrahim and Peace Panel Head Mohagher Iqbal, also… »

GPH-MILF “workshop” in KL ends; panels to meet again in Manila

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) — “Modest progress.” The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ended Friday noon  their four-day “workshop”… »

GPH, MILF in KL set up teams on power-sharing, wealth-sharing, territory

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 July) — The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are back in Kuala Lumpur on a three-day… »

July 8, 2013 and 2014: A year later, same issues hound Bangsamoro peace process  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 July) — Between July 8, 2013 and July 8, 2014, the peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

GPH, MILF peace panels return to KL to discuss Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 July) – The Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are returning to Kuala Lumpur today to discuss the draft… »

Bangsamoro in transition (4): Capacity building, capacity mobilization

Last of four parts: Capacity building, capacity mobilization DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 July) – On September 9, 1996, exactly a week after the Philippine government and the Moro National… »

Bangsamoro in transition (2): Too much to do, too little time

2nd of a series: Too much to do, too little time DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 July) — When President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA)… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Miscalculations Fatal To Peace Pact



DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 June) – WORRISOME. The latest word on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro  (CAB) with the MILF is worrisome.  President Aquino met discreetly with KAGI MURAD  for the… »

COMMENT: COP6: Notes on Quotes and Notes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 June) — The International Conference on the Consolidation for Peace, the sixth of the series since 2006 (hence, COP6) was held in Hiroshima, Japan last June… »

A month later, draft B’moro Basic Law still under review by PNoy’s office

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 May) — One month. The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to the Office of the President (OP) on… »

THE VOICE: CSOs as Cheering Squads

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/04 May) — Have CSOs (civil society organizations) in Mindanao reduced themselves to being cheering squads for the GPH-MILF (Government of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front) in their… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

A mother’s wish granted: “Mujahid will not grow up to be a sniper”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 28 March) — The mood was festive as thousands of Moro men and women gathered at the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Camp Darapanan… »

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)… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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