Residents report seeing mines in Mamasapano clash site

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/31 January) –The site of the bloody clash Sunday in Mamasapano, Maguindanao between government forces and rebel groups remains unsafe due to the possible presence of unexploded ordnances… »

Mind da News: An Inconclusive Apology

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 30, 2015 — In a 23-paragraph, 2,328-word speech to the nation last January 28 on the January 25 Mamasapano PNP-SAF covert operation turned massacre, President Benigno… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Letting MILF, BIFF, ASG or others carve out Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — There isn’t a square meter of land or underwater area within the jurisdiction of our Republic that does not fall under the jurisdiction… »

Mass held in GenSan for 44 SAF members slain in Mamasapano

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 offered a memorial service here on Friday morning as they joined the entire country in mourning the killing… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: It’s time for a federal system in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The helter-skelter way our government conducts peace-building keeps on backfiring. They seem never to learn. It reminds one of The Gang… »

IP group hits Sen. Cayetano for ‘fanning anti-Moro sentiment’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – An indigenous peoples’ alliance accused Senator Alan Peter Cayetano of fanning anti-Moro sentiment and of being “painfully unversed in the intricacies of the… »

Fallen Policemen

Fellow police officers carry the caskets of slain policemen involved in the Mamasapano clash to be loaded into Philippine Air Force C-130 planes that will take them to Manila Thursday morning… »

PNP holds sendoff ceremony for slain cops

AWANG AIRPORT, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The Philippine National Police held a sendoff ceremony for 42 policemen slain in Mamasapano whose remains were airlifted to Villamor Airbase… »

COMMENTARY: Mamasapano, the President, and the Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /29 January) — The President has called for a day of mourning for those who perished in Mamasapano. When we fly our flags at half mast on… »

It was self defense, not massacre – Murad

CAMP DARAPANAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – “It was not a massacre, it was self defense.” Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said their fighters acted in… »

Preserve Peace

MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim told reporters on Wednesday (28 Jan. 2015) they will pursue peace despite the incident in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao. Murad spoke with reporters at Camp Darapanan in… »

Napeñas’ tour of duty includes Mindanao

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 January) – Chief Supt. Getulio Napeñas, who was sacked as director of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) following the tragic death of 44 of his… »

Davao flies flag at half mast

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday ordered the city’s flags be flown at half mast in a show of sympathy to the fallen Special Action… »

Immediate Burial

Relatives pull out on Tuesday (27 Jan 2015) the body of one of the slain Muslim members of the PNP-SAF that clashed with Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao from the… »

As war drums beat elsewhere, residents in Mamasapano village pray for peace

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 January) –   As war drums are beating elsewhere, residents in this village where a bloody misencounter Sunday left at least 54 persons dead –… »

Slain Muslim cops’ bodies rushed home for immediate burial

CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The bodies of two Muslim members of the Special Action Force that suffered from the intense clash on Sunday… »

US Embassy on Mamasapano: “we just assisted in evacuation of dead and wounded”

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 January) – US troops were not involved in the operations Sunday to get high-value targets Zulkifli bin HIr aka Marwan of the Jemaah Islamiyah and Abdulbasit Usman… »

“He is coming home now, but inside the casket”

CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 January) — The bodies of two Moro members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF) who were killed along… »

PRESS STATEMENT of the Mindanao Business Council on the Mamasapano Incident

While we express serious concern on the possible consequences of the recent tragic incident in Mamasapano in Maguindanao, we maintain our support for the peace process. At this point when… »

NEWS ANALYSIS: Six-million dollar questions on the Mamasapano tragedy

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 January) – Social media has been awash with commentaries on the clash on Sunday (January 25) between members of the Special Action Force, an elite police unit,… »

Dozens feared dead in clash between elite police force from Manila and Moro rebels

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/25 January) — A police law enforcement operation ended in a bloody firefight in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao Sunday that left dozens of elite police personnel dead. Dozens… »

Camp Abubakar

What used to be the main camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Camp Abubakar in Barira town in Maguindanao, is being considered as storage facility for weapons during… »

Mindanao’s revolutionary fronts’ common message to Pope Francis: peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – Peace is the common message of Mindanao’s revolutionary fronts to Pope Francis — from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which signed a… »

‘BBL not a perfect law; Peace in Bangsamoro needs good governance’

DAVAO CITY – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should not be viewed as a perfect law that will solve all problems besetting the proposed political entity that will replace the… »

Dureza to Congress: Extend transition period ‘for MILF political party to mature’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – Former government chief peace negotiator Jesus Dureza on Thursday urged Congress to extend the transition period for the Bangsamoro region beyond 2016, to “give the… »

Political Party

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is concurrent chair of the MILF’s political party — the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP). MindaNews photo by… »

MILF party to field candidates in 2016 for regional gov’t only, not for local  

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 December) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s proposed political party – the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) — will field candidates in 2016 not… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Two men, two days before Christmas  

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Dec) —  We did not have a car pass. The Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces elements doing sentry duty at the Simuay entrance to Camp… »

Murad to head MILF political party; assembly on Dec 23-25

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 December) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is busy completing the requirements to set up a regional political party – the United Bangsamoro Justice Party or… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Casualties of peace

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Police have filed charges against one Macmod Manibpil as a suspect in the December 9, 2014 bombing of a bus in Maramag, Bukidnon… »

COMMENTARY: A better way for Bangsamoro constitutional amendments

NAGA CITY (MindaNews/14 December) — Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas’s column piece “How may Congress handle the Bangsamoro bill?” (12/8/14, p. A19), more particularly on how Congress can handle the serious… »

MILF meets Civil Society

MILF Peace Panel chair Mohagher Iqbal chats with North Cotabato Board Member Kellie Antao and members of civil society organizations during the Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Solidarity Conference in Davao… »

MILF assures it will stop using child soldiers

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Tuesday vowed to exert all efforts to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers and remove the group from the… »

PEACETALK: “IPRA itself is a peace agreement”

This position paper on the Bangsamoro Basic Law was submitted by Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ to the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on October 29, 2014) … »

Decommissioning of MILF starts in January 2015

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — The decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will start by January next year, a senior official of the rebel group said… »

Dozens displaced, 27 houses burned in rido in North Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — A rido involving members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front erupted near the boundary of Aleosan and Midsayap towns… »

Goldberg reiterates US support to Mindanao peace process

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 November)– United States (US) Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg reiterated his government’s full support to the continuing peace process and the creation of the proposed… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Reality check on Bangsamoro pact

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 Nov) — Over the past few days, I came across both good and bad news about the Bangsamoro peace deal. A reality check of some sort. “Good” because the… »

House Committee on Bangsamoro goes to island provinces  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Nov) — The 75-member House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will conduct public hearings in the island provinces of… »

Bangsamoro Forum

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim and other participants of the Philippines Development Forum on Bangsamoro held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City Thursday (6… »

Bangsamoro Development Authority submits economic blueprint

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao —  “This is very unique,” Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed said of the Bangsamoro Development Plan, which was handed by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) to… »

SouthCot’s Gov. Fuentes: ok to Bangsamoro but “be sure it will solve problems”

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) — South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes does not have anything against the establishment of the Bangsamoro government but wants to be sure that the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Rodriguez to IPs in Bangsamoro: “Do not worry. IPRA will be applicable”

UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 October) — The chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) has assured residents of this predominantly Lumad town that… »

How not to conduct the Bangsamoro public hearings

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — The House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) scheduled a three-day one-town, four-city series of public hearings from October 22… »

Committee on Bangsamoro Law has two old warriors as members

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — Sulu st district Representative Tupay Loong and Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon sat beside each other at the end of the four-hour public hearing on the… »

PEACETALK: BBL affirms the Bangsamoro identity while keeping it attached to Filipino nationhood

(Submitted by Datu Zamzamin, Mayor of Radjah Buayan to the AdHoc Committee on the BBL at its Public Hearing and Consultation and Hearing on House Bill No. 4994 in Cotabato… »

COMMENT: BBL: Test of Moro Unity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 22, 2014 – Will Moro leaders and their followers unite in Bangsamoro? The plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be the ultimate test. Is… »

COMMENT: BBL: What in the Aftermath?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law, by its title, is tri-functional. By these three functions, numbered in parentheses inserted in the title quoted below,… »

COMMENT: Misuari: Relevant, Necessary?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 6, 2014 – Is it necessary for Founding Chairman Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front to participate in committee hearings of the Congress on… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: The Realities of Negotiating

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 Oct) — My previous work as “negotiator” was varied. Let me recall some. I dealt with   hostage takers at the Davao Penal Colony where eight hostage takers were “neutralized”… »

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