THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: A Bangsamoro community can be our model

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)–Part of our hopes for the Bangsamoro administration is to perform better in developing and maintaining their communities. Nowhere in our island region so far… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (3)

3rd of a Series II. What GPH Says GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are one in their agreement to… »

PEACETALK: Transitional Justice and the Bangsamoro

[Welcome Address: Launch of ForumZFD's Moving Beyond: Towards Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Peace Process, at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City on July 14, 2014). It is my pleasure… »

“Compulsory reading” on Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro launched  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – “Transitional Justice? What’s that?“ The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) provides… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Democracy needs intensive care in Mindanao, especially the ARMM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — Earlier on, in a public meeting in Zamboanga City where the crowd booed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) contingent, it’s lead speaker… »

Soldier, alleged MILF rebel killed in Lanao Sur clash

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – A soldier and a suspected member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were killed in an encounter Friday in Marantao, Lanao del Sur in what… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big?

I. What MILF Says GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 12, 2014 – The peace process between Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has bogged down after the Office of… »

Mind da News: Transition Getting Shorter

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 2, 2014 – The transition proper period of the Bangsamoro for proper transition is getting shorter, so implies a report of The Philippine Star (June 29:… »

Mind da News: All About Respect and Respectability

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 1, 2014 – Last June 24, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino keynoted the sixth International Conference on the Consolidation for Peace (COP6) held in Hiroshima, Japan.… »

MILF, MNLF meet in Jeddah; vow to activate Bangsamoro Coordination Forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the different factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) including Nur Misuari’s group, met in… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Wishing the MILF Well in Their Party-Building

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 June)–One wonders how the MILF will go about the task of organizing and capacitating their Bangsamoro electoral vehicle or political party. They’re not exactly famous… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What Does MILF Mean by a Ministerial Form of Government?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 June) — The MILF specifies a ‘ministerial form of government” as their preferred system for the Bangsamoro jurisdiction. It is unclear what they mean or… »

Military links BIFF attacks to presence of terror suspect

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 June) – The military had linked fresh attacks by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao to the alleged presence of a suspected terrorist in… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to Congress by July 28

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – Exactly seven weeks to the day it received the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), Malacanang is still conducting what a… »

Gov’t troops, BIFF clash anew in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – Four rebels were killed and several others were wounded as fighting erupted anew in Maguindanao between government troops and members of a breakaway Moro rebel… »

COMMENT: Nagíng* ‘Nagging Customary’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 May)— In our last two-article COMMENT (Impact Overrated, MindaNews April 10 and 14, 2014), we noted the misperception about peace and economic development in Mindanao as… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What We Really Want From the Bangsamoro Agreement

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/06 May) — The greatest any Filipino or Mindanaon can expect from the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is genuine peace, the goodwill it fosters for… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Persistent cynicism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — In a way, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) can thank the weakness of our democracy for the concessions it won from negotiating… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: The imperative of hands-on democracy now

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) – We’ve had over a century of democracy and electoral politics but real democracy and inclusive development—its putative by-product—continues to be elusive.… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Normalization: some practical considerations

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Of the four Annexes to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Annex on Normalization is one that bears… »

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… »

Best Easter gift freedom for all kidnap victims – gov’t peace panel chair

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – The best Easter gift would be to see all kidnap victims in the South who were believed seized by Abu Sayyaf bandits released, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer,… »

Former foes vow joint moves vs ‘spoilers’ of peace

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 April) – The Army, police and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Sunday vowed to work together to thwart efforts by so-called spoilers to sabotage the… »

BTC submits “partial” draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has not finished drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but was expected to submit a “partial” draft to the Office… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Stories and Realities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — For almost more than four decades, we were made to believe that there was such thing as a Bangsa Moro nation – a nation of… »

BTC to submit draft Bangsamoro law to Aquino on Monday

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 April)—The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will finally be submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacañang by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) on Monday (April… »

MILF defection not true – Jaafar

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Political affairs chief Ghadzali Jaafar of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) denied reports that four of their commanders, including 4,000 of their men,… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: MILF Peace Pact can be formula for disaster

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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… »

Celebration in Mendiola

[Play slideshow] Moro people in Manila rejoice at the signing on Thursday, 27 March 2014, of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic… »

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… »

Bangsamoro Emblem

Marguina Dalamban had her face painted with a Bangsamoro emblem as she joins the celebration at the Cotabato City Paza while waiting for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on… »

Boys in the Camp

Two young boys walk past Moro Islamic Liberation Front mujahideens in formation at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao on 27 March 2014 as the MILF celebrates the signing of… »

Quencher

A Moro Islamic Liberation Front mujahideen quenches his thirst at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao 27 March 2014 as the MILF celebrates the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To be instruments of peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – On Thursday, 27 March, one prays to the God of many names that a gentle wind blows across the thousand islands of our ancestral… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Deals to Be Done

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The establishment of the Bangsamoro in lieu of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao before President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III steps… »

BIAF Checkpoint

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces man a checkpoint at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao province on March 23, 2014. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

Welcome Bangsamoro Government

A vendor staples a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) flaglet to its barbecue stick pole in a shop in Cotabato City on March 22, 2014. He sells the flaglets for… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Is it really a declaration of unity?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 March) — On March 18, 2014, in commemoration of the 1968 Jabidah Massacre, members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who claim to be “the pioneer… »

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: A Done Deal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/20 March) — That the Bangsamoro will be established by the time President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III will step down on June 30, 2016 is a done… »

MILF unprepared for elections, says former chief peace negotiator

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 March) – A former chair of the government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday expressed apprehensions it might be premature… »

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… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What’s the Real Story on the BIFF?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 March) — As the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gets closer to its objective—which we are asked to believe is GENUINE PEACE and NOT SECESSION—there… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Who’s Minding the Defenses of Peace?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — “Since wars begin in the minds of men,” states the charter of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “it is… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Is Peace an Objective or Just a Tactic?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/1 March)–The signing of the annexes to the proposed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)—presumably the terms and conditions for peace in Mindanao—have set the stage… »

Freed MILF commander

Freed commander Ustadz Wahid Tundok of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 118th Base Command during a press briefing Wednesday morning, thanked the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, the mayors of Datu… »

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Foreword to “Bangsamoro Quest: The Birth of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front”

The development of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been wrapped in such a colorful history. To some extent, the MILF itself, as an organization, continues to be viewed… »

Military to file protest before ceasefire body vs 2 MILF commanders

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) — The military is set to file protest today before the Government of the Philippines- Moro Islamic Liberation Front Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Emerging, Reconciling

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 February)–In a sense, pushing the Bangsamoro deal through is like coaxing two uneasy and not entirely friendly parties to submit to a shotgun wedding. Not… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Still more hard questions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 February) — Hardly a day passes but that there’s violence somewhere in Mindanao, especially in areas of contention in the peace negotiations. Ambush, kidnapping, killing,… »

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