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… »

Arrested MILF commander freed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 Feb) – A commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who was arrested Sunday night was released early Tuesday evening on orders of the court. Government peace… »

COMMENT: Complicating Implications (1): On “spoilers,” MNLF, political issues

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 Feb) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission is now on its own information campaign trail. It was booed in Zamboanga City last February 12 for asking the… »

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… »

COMMENT: CAB! What of FAB?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 Jan) –– What of FAB is CAB? To Government Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: An Introductory note.  To Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Peace Process Adviser: A… »

Mindanawons hold rallies in support of GPH-MILF peace process

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – At least 500 residents here turned up in the streets on Wednesday to throw support and solidarity to the peace process between the… »

[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… »

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… »

‘Peace building is Nation building’

Message from Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process December 27, 2013 “Peace on earth, good will to all” is the call of the Christmas season, simple… »

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… »

Civil society hails signing of Power-sharing annex

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/ 08 December) – Civil society leaders in Mindanao hailed Sunday’s signing of the Annex on Power-sharing by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

GPH, MILF signing Annex on Power-Sharing

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are signing in a few minutes the Annex on Power-Sharing to the Framework… »

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… »

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: What kind of development for the Bangsamoro?

PENANG, Malaysia (MindaNews / 6 Nov) – In Mindanao, we have had too many wars and too many development programs that we still continue asking ourselves, what kind of development… »

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… »

PEACETALK: Zamboanga Tragedy: A Pivot Point in the Mindanao Peace Process

Zamboanga City’s hard road to recovery from weeks of urban fighting between Muslim rebels and government troops has been delayed by heavy rains that shut down the city yesterday (Oct.… »

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… »

Civilians taken hostage as MNLF attacks Zamboanga City

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 September) — Armed followers of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have held some 20 civilians hostage in Zamboanga City after a clash with government troops on… »

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… »

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… »

COMMENT: An Option to Consider (2)

II. Facing Realities GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 August)– How the FAB got stuck in the roadmap is water under the bridge. So are the questions: Could the peace process have… »

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… »

FASTRAC to provide technical support for next annexes and Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 August) – After three months of delay, the United Nations-World Bank-Moro Islamic Liberation Front partnership dubbed Facility for Advisory Support for Transition Capacities (FASTRAC) has finally taken… »

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… »

CSO dialogue with MILF’s Murad

Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs (Mincode) chair Patricia Sarenas expresses civil society’s support to the  peace process  between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

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… »

What’s happening in KL?

Government and MILF peace panels pose for posterity in Kuala Lumpur Thursday (11 July 2013) with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. The… »

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… »

Former EU Ambassador heads third party monitors in GPH-MILF peace pact implementaiton

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) – Alistair MacDonald, former Ambassador of the European Union to the Philippines, is the chair of the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT), the body that would… »

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… »

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