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”… »

COMMENT: FPA and BBL

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 Sept) — Last Monday, while surfing the net for the latest on the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill now in the Congress, we netted an Inquirer Mindanao… »

Bangsamoro bill is for genuine autonomy, not separate state — GPH, MILF assure Congress

MANILA  (OPAPP Press Release / 26 Sept)– As Congress began discussions on the Bangsamoro bill for its swift passage into law, the Government of the Philippines (GPH), Moro Islamic Liberation… »

PEACETALK: Dividends of Peace

(Amina Rasul, President of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy delivered this opening statement at the Media Roundtable on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University,… »

COMMENT: At Last… but not the Last

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 September) — At last the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill is now with the Congress. During the 10 a.m. ceremony at Malacañan last September 10, Senate President… »

Dec. 17 is target date for passing Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) – Calendared for first reading Monday, September 14, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, now known as House Bill 4994, is targeted for passing by December 17… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Unsolicited advice to Congress on BBL

(Author previously served as chief government negotiator and presidential adviser on the peace process)   DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) –  I have two initial  suggestions to Congress, if I may, … »

Dureza: extend Bangsamoro transition period to 2019

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) — A former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and government peace panel chair in the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is asking… »

Imagining the future Bangsamoro through the draft Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September 2014) — Among the country’s 17 regions, the future Bangsamoro, targeted to be set up by June 30, 2016, will be distinct from all the rest… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law finally submitted to Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally in Congress. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Mohagher… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law done; submitted to Congress by Sept. 10

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally done. 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic… »

PEACETALK: MNLF siege a year after: The task of peacebuilding

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 Sept) — Nobody wins in a war, it has been said. And a year after the shocking attack of Zamboanga City by the Moro National Liberation Front… »

MIND DA NEWS: Keep Quiet, Please!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 04 Sept) — To OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and to the Presidential spokespersons, just one small request: Keep quiet, please.… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Studying the Muslim Communities Post 911

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — The Muslim world has indeed changed after the 9/11 bombing in New York. We may want to ask ourselves, why did it happen? The next… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law “99.99% done”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 August) – The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will not meet their self-imposed deadline of “end of August” for the submission… »

Murad: success in Bangsamoro peace process will make armed struggle “the last option”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — Returning to armed struggle if the 17-year od peace process will not succeed is “not a closed option” but the Moro Islamic Liberation Front “will… »

Q and A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “We will try to work out every effort to make armed struggle the last option”  

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was looking forward to his trip to Hiroshima, Japan on the third week of June not only because he was going to address the 6th Consolidation… »

Murad: “what’s happening here is different from the Middle East”  

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 August) — Mindanao and the Middle East should not be compared because the situations in these areas are different, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair… »

Murad to Lumads: “We will not repeat the situation where a majority will oppress the minority”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 26 August) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is assuring Lumads (Indigenous Peoples /IPs) in the proposed Bangsamoro that they… »

GPH, MILF: awaiting “mutual acceptance” three years after the “rejections”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 August) – August 23, 2011, Day 2 of the supposed three-day peace talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the Royale… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: “Why not wipe out the MILF rebels?”




DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Aug) — I sat over a few bottles of  SanMig lites a few nights ago  with a friend who just arrived from abroad. He asked several pointed questions… »

MILF commander, village chief son killed in ambush by rival rebel commander in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Aug) – A brigade commander of Moro Islamic Liberation Front and his son, a barangay chairman, were killed in an ambush by a group of another… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL: Vital Questions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/19 August)– By the end of this month or earlier, the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) draft, the proposed BBL bill, will be submitted to the Congress. Three reports… »

In 2-day swing, Binay backs Bangsamoro, ‘denies early campaigning for 2016′

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)—Vice President Jejomar Binay has expressed support to the creation of the Bangsamoro government during a two-day swing in Maguindanao province and in this city. Heavily guarded… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress: less than 50 session days left ‘til yearend  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – Four months after its submission to Malacanang (Office of the President), the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), reviewed and now “mutually acceptable” to government (GPH)… »

Draft Bangsmoaro Basic Law out of peace panels’ hands; back to BTC and OP  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – After a month’s unsuccessful attempts by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels to come up with a “mutually acceptable” draft… »

Final draft Bangsamoro Basic Law goes to PNoy next week; Congress before end of August

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 August ) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced Friday noon after a three-day exchange of papers and conversations here between Executive… »

Tengku on GPH, MILF: same page, same word but …

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 11 August) – The Malaysian facilitator in the peace process between the Philippine government(GPH)and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said he never doubted that the 10-day… »

Iqbal monitors son’s health while dealing with GPH peace panel  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 11 August 2014) — The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel was always on the phone during the 10-day “workshop” with the government… »

GPH, MILF: draft Bangsamoro Basic Law done by Aug. 18 “In sha Allah”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 10 August) – The peace panels of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front ended their 10-day “workshop” here Sunday without completing, again, like in the three… »

Echoes of Peace

Echoes of Peace from Mindanews on Vimeo. Unresolved issues over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law have recently raised concern among Moro  communities across Mindanao that  violence may erupt should the… »

QUN FAYA QUN: An Open Letter to Rigoberto D. Tiglao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 August) — Dear Mr. Tiglao, I would like to tell you that your article last August 3, 2014  entitled “The next firestorm to hit Aquino” is… »

GPH, MILF peace panels open doors to civil society reps; vow only option is peace  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 August) – For the first time in their 10-day meeting here, the peace panels of the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

Zambo City files intrusion complaint against MILF members

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – The city government has filed a complaint for intrusion against alleged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members before the Office of the Presidential… »

Pool of independent lawyers now assisting GPH, MILF peace panels  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 August) —  A newly-formed pool of independent lawyers is assisting the peace panels of the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the… »

GPH, MILF peace panels begin 10-day meet to finalize draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /02 August) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels began Friday afternoon their 10-day meeting here to finalize the text of the… »

GPH, MILF panels meet where GPH, MNLF reached breakthrough in 1996

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) — The venue of the 10-day meeting of the peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) here was the… »

PEACETALK: Separating Peace-Building From The Bangsamoro Basic Law

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 31 July) — In a previous piece, I wrote that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was expected to be enacted by Congress before the next State… »

COMMENT: Between the Lines: What?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 July)– In our Mind da News article, “SONA 2014 at a Glance”, July 29, we commented in passing on the President’s four-paragraph statement concerning the “Bangsamoro”… »

GPH, MILF peace panels meet anew to finalize draft BBL; Senate, House leaders await draft BBL  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) — The peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are going to hold a “lengthy meeting” starting Aug 1 to… »

Bangsamoro in the SONA: two minutes and two oversights

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) — Two minutes and two oversights. Those who were anticipating an important announcement from the President on his supposed “legacy” project — the Bangsamoro, the… »

SONA Watch

A small Moro Islamic Liberation Front unit watches on TV the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III in Marawi City on Monday, 28 July 2014. Many… »

‘Nakaka-disappoint naman,’ say MILF rebs on PNoy’s SONA

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – Inside a small, dark office, five young Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels gathered around a small TV set to watch the State of… »

Moro woman leader: “No other option but the peace process”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) — Amid the uncertainties brought about by the still unresolved issues hounding the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (5)

(5th and Last of the Series) IV. Molehill or Mountain? GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 26, 2014 – In Parts I, II and III, we see what the Moro Islamic Liberation… »

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… »

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