THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Party politics, elections under MILF

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – It’s unfortunate that many of the most deplorable abuses that figured in elections past were perpetrated in Muslim-dominated areas of Mindanao… »

Plenary debate on Bangsamoro law begins June 1

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/24 May) — Debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or what the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) has renamed as the Basic… »

MNLF, ARMM legislators will be in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) — If the provision in the House Committee-approved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on the composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is adopted by… »

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… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Man of the hour

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — In MindaNews, there is a nice, poignant picture of my friend and cousin Rufus Rodriguez, congressional representative of my home city Cagayan de… »

Committee-approved BBL: Is it faithful to the peace pact? Is it more than ARMM?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 22 May) — By a vote of 50 in favor, 17 against and one abstention on Wednesday afternoon, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Rep. Catamco on IPs in the Committee-approved BBL: “not so happy”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/22 May) – “Not so happy.” North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco proposed at least 12 amendments to the then 18-article, 242-section draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, focusing on Indigenous… »

MILF close to removal from UN list of groups using child soldiers

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 May) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced it was on its way to completing the UN-MILF action plan to get it delisted as a group… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: What to do with China?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) — I talked on the phone last Saturday with Zambales Gov. Hermogenes ” Jun” Ebdane who was a colleague in the Arroyo Cabinet. He has set up… »

PEACETALK: Achieving Comprehensive Peace with BBL: Why Lawmakers are confused about the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula? (Part I)

Lawmakers and policymakers before the start of the sponsorship for the Draft BBL could debate the central question that begs interpretative reservations about the Framework of Bangsamoro Agreement (FAB) 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… »

PEACETALK: Strength, but not without Shame

[A Reflection on Our Trustworthiness vis-à-vis Muslim Filipinos] DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — In presenting the report of the Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to both the… »

TURNING POINT: Of Ingratitude and Selective Perception

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/04 May) — For about a week, the Filipinos were one and united on Mary Jane Veloso. They prayed, joined rallies, signed petitions and exerted all other… »

Malacanang, MILF, AFP confirm Usman killed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /04 May) – Malacanang and officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have confirmed the killing Sunday of… »

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… »

At least a thousand march for peace in Marawi; Alonto-led MNLF affirms solidarity with MILF

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/28 April) – At least a thousand residents joined the Bangsamoro Walk for Peace early Tuesday morning  to push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

PEACETALK: We have gone this far in our peace process; there should be no turning back

(Thank You Speech by Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer Awarding Ceremony, Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 22 April 2015) Your Excellencies: Former… »

OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF, MILF leaders in Davao City; secretariat for Bangsamoro Coordination Forum set up

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 20  April) — The secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met separately with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic… »

OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF and MILF

Iyad Bin Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) arrives for his meeting with the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum – composed of leaders of the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: An alias is an issue of trust and confidence

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — It is good that the truce with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has held fast thus far, prevailing more or less throughout… »

Criminal charges to be filed against 90 MILF/BIFF/PAGs for SAF 35 deaths

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – Criminal charges are being prepared against 90 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and private armed… »

DENR-12 allots P7M for reforestation of 3 Maguindanao, SouthCot upland villages

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 has allotted around P7 million for the reforestation of three upland… »

Kato deputy now heads BIFF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – A Middle East-educated sheik (Islamic scholar) now leads the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) after its founding chair Amiril Umra Kato died of cardiac arrest on… »

Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato: “I am against never-ending peace negotiations”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato, the first chair of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway group from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) succumbed… »

MILF, mayor confirm BIFF founder Amiril Umra Kato is dead

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato, founder of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) passed away Tuesday, Mayor Samsoddin “Pink” Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town… »

PEACETALK: Matching the Peace Commission with Parity of Esteem: What kind of BBL comes after politicking?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) — Where is written in parchment that bloodcurdling politicians are supposed to be on God’s side of public spiritedness? President Aquino III was well-advised… »

Rodriguez: BBL okay assured, but for eight provisions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – The chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will push for the passage of the… »

PEACETALK: Ten Easter Challenges for Peace in Mindanao

(Easter Sunday message of Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro City, 05 April 2015) As we start the Easter season recalling Our Lord’s triumph over injustice,… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Calvary for BBL & Peace Negotiators 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) — Christianity’s traditional annual “Calvary” is over now.  But for the peace workers and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the long road of Calvary is still continuing.… »

MIND Da NEWS: Apostles of Peace

  GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 March) — Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan from June 7, 1933 when it was founded as a first year high school until March… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS:
 Interweaving narratives in our journey for peace

[Speech delivered by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles during the University Convocation
 at Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) in Cagayan de Oro City on March 26, 2015]… »

PEACETALK: Courage. Lakas o tibay ng loob. Tapang. Conviction.

(Speech of Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, government peace panel chair,  in accepting the Fr. Masterson Award of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City on March 26, 2015) Ang aking pong… »

MILF says recruitment of Higaonons in Iligan is a scam, denies having a camp there

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The reported recruitment and training among Higaonon tribesmen into the ranks of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in a remote barangay… »

All set for graduation in conflict-affected areas in Maguindanao

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (March 25) – All is set for the elementary and high school graduation ceremonies in conflict affected communities in Maguindanao, an education official said Wednesday. Meriam Kawit, Maguindanao… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Never Having To Say  “I’m Sorry”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — “Never having to say I’m sorry” is a title, by the way, of an old favorite song.  That reminds me of this growing call for… »

MILF on Mamasapano clash: SAF was at fault for not coordinating

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 March) – The failure of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force to coordinate with the ceasefire mechanisms of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front led… »

PEACETALK: Cardinal Quevedo’s Notes on Senate Report on Mamasapano

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) — The larger portion of the report deals with the allocation of responsibility to the Special Action Force (SAF), the military, and the President. It has… »

PEACETALK: We have reached this far because we have people in Mindanao who refuse to become victims of war

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) — As a peace advocate who has accompanied the GPH-MILF Peace Talks in the last 15 years, I had been reflecting on the letter of Cardinal… »

Maguindanao’s bakwits now 125,302; grandmas say they’re too old to evacuate  

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 March) – Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their villages in Maguindanao following the… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Must we wait for another 34 years, hundreds of thousands more dead Filipinos and millions more homeless and traumatized by war?

(Privilege speech delivered by Anak Mindanao Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman on the 47th Jabidah Massacre commemoration, 18 March 2015. Hataman is from Basilan.  Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem. Mr. Speaker, distinguished… »

I am Filipino

MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal shows his Philippine passport on Tuesday (17 March 2015), denying insinuations by some sectors, among them former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan… »

‘I am not Malaysian’ – Iqbal

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel today said some sectors and politicians have been making mountains out of… »

PEACETALK: Why gridlock on BBL is democracy deficit: Polarizing the duty to perform FAB and CAB as Peace Pacts

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) — Contemporary treaty law and practice bind the Government of the Philippines not only to respect and to fulfill any obligation arising from prior agreements, but… »

Former BIFF leader, 5 others, arrested in GenSan

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – A former leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and five other suspected rebels believed to have coddled alleged bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman were… »

PEACETALK: Why the euphoria of FAB and CAB did not last long: What comes next for BBL?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 05 March) — The euphoria for the GPH-MILF (Government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front) agreements (Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro) was a… »

No to Child Combatants

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Women Auxiliary Brigade (BIWAB) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front sign their declaration on preventing children from being involved in the armed conflict and associating… »

Money can’t bring back Sarah, says Mamasapano father

CAMP DARAPANAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 12 March) – Farmer Tot Pananggulon clasped tightly on the white envelope he and the others received from Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chair Al-Haj Murad… »

Bakwit population in Maguindanao now 72,585

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) or bakwits (evacuees) in 11 of 36 towns in Maguindanao due to the military operations against the Bangsamoro… »

Widows of MILF combatants receive cash assistance from MILF  

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 March) — Unlike previous occasions in this multipurpose hall, the crowd on Sunday was predominantly female – widows of combatants of the Moro Islamic… »

Mind da News: Justice for the Slain SAF 44

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, March 10, 2015 – To quote the Philippine Daily Inquirer (March 8, 2015: Palace: MILF won’t be spared in quest for justice for SAF 44), “Malacañang assured… »

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