PEACETALK:  There must be a final closure to this cycle of conflict in Mindanao

PEACETALK: There must be a final closure to this cycle of conflict in Mindanao

(This piece was delivered by Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim at the August 13, 2016 launch of the implementation phase of the GPH-MILF peace process under ...

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GPH, MILF to meet in KL on August 13-14; Santiago heads GPH panel

GPH, MILF to meet in KL on August 13-14; Santiago heads GPH panel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 August) – The 10-member government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Implementing Team will meet in Kuala Lumpur on August 13 and 14 to beg ...

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President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 August) – The country’s 16th President and first Mindanawon to lead the nation will spend 10 days in Mindanao when he returns this week from Malacanang ...

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THE SMILING FOREHEAD : The Dureza Peace Formula for the Bangsamoro and its Implications in Sulu Archipelago

THE SMILING FOREHEAD : The Dureza Peace Formula for the Bangsamoro and its Implications in Sulu Archipelago

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 July) -- Change is Coming. This is President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise that brightens us up and redeems the homeland and raayat of Bangsa Suluk out of ...

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Reunion Across the Table

Reunion Across the Table

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Sec. Jesus Dureza meets with Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on Thursday to discuss the implementation phase of ...

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Nur still a fugitive but…

Nur still a fugitive but…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 July) -- The Duterte administration will officially deal with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari, presently a fugitive, onl ...

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Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The roadmap to peace under the Duterte administration will neither be “federalism first and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it is rejected,” nor “ba ...

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Moving forward

Moving forward

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim talks about moving forward in the peace process with government in an interview in the garden fronting the MILF Central Co ...

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Murad seeks clarification re Duterte’s ‘federalism first before BBL’ track

Murad seeks clarification re Duterte’s ‘federalism first before BBL’ track

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /15 July) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is seeking clarification on the peace policy of the new ad ...

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15-yr-old girl among 5 killed in latest military-BIFF clash

15-yr-old girl among 5 killed in latest military-BIFF clash

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 14 July) – A 15-year-old girl died as she was caught in the crossfire in a clash between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fight ...

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Bangsamoro arena: from Congress to ConCon

Bangsamoro arena: from Congress to ConCon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – The political arena for the Bangsamoro will now shift from the 17th Congress to the 2017 Constitutional Convention (ConCon) following President ...

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Federalism first; BBL if it fails

Federalism first; BBL if it fails

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) – Federalism first, Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it fails. This is the preview of the Bangsamoro peace roadmap that President Rodrigo Duterte ann ...

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Duterte: US intervention in MidEast invited terrorism in America

Duterte: US intervention in MidEast invited terrorism in America

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) -- US intervention in the Middle East countries invited terrorism in America, President Rodrigo Duterte told a crowd of Moro religious and political ...

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Peace talk

Peace talk

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim spent around 20 minutes to talk peace during a one-on-one meeting Friday night ...

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One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) late Frid ...

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Brothers all

Brothers all

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte listens as Datu Abul Khayr Alonto (right) of Lanao del Sur, chair of a faction the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) expounds on an issue durin ...

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Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their terrori ...

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COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

COMMENT: BBL: Options Apt for Bangsamoro

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Will the Bangsamoro be established under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte? MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim sounds optimist ...

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PEACETALK: Historic victory

PEACETALK: Historic victory

(Letter of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on 10 May 2016). His Excellency President-Elect RODRIGO R. DUTER ...

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Rodrigo Roa Duterte: 16th President, first Mindanawon to lead the country

Rodrigo Roa Duterte: 16th President, first Mindanawon to lead the country

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 May) – Although the results are still partial and unofficial, there is no doubt, and even his rivals have conceded, that with a lead of at least six mil ...

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Cardinal Quevedo convenes sympo on Bangsamoro transition from Aquino to next admin

Cardinal Quevedo convenes sympo on Bangsamoro transition from Aquino to next admin

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) – A symposium to tackle the Bangsamoro peace process as it transitions from the Aquino administration to the next will be convened by Mindanao’s ...

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Questions on security issues dominate PMA forum on Bangsamoro peace process

Questions on security issues dominate PMA forum on Bangsamoro peace process

BAGUIO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) -- Questions on security issues concerning the proposed Bangsamoro region dominated the roundtable discussion on the status of the peace process a ...

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Iqbal at PMA

Iqbal at PMA

MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal interacts with cadets of the Philippine Military Academy in Fort Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City after his talk on Wednesday, March 9, ...

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How VHF amateur radio enthusiasts helped stop escalation of conflict in Lanao del Sur

How VHF amateur radio enthusiasts helped stop escalation of conflict in Lanao del Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 03 March) -- At the height of the hostilities in Lanao del Sur last week, hundreds of VHF amateur radio enthusiasts prevented further escalation o ...

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Army convoy ambushed in Lanao del Sur; one killed

Army convoy ambushed in Lanao del Sur; one killed

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Feb) – Gunmen ambushed a military convoy in Balindong town, Lanao del Sur shortly before noon Tuesday, killing one soldier and stopping vehicul ...

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PEACETALK: The BBL may have been ‘slain’ by government, but it will live in our hearts

PEACETALK: The BBL may have been ‘slain’ by government, but it will live in our hearts

(Privilege Speech delivered by Commissioner Robert M. Alonto during the Plenary Session of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission on February 16, 2016 at the Plenary Hall, BTC Offic ...

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Iqbal: official statement on non-passage of BBL “not late but best time to issue it”

Iqbal: official statement on non-passage of BBL “not late but best time to issue it”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – It took the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 15 days after Congress adjourned without passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to issue an “ ...

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Amid dismay over BBL’s non-enactment: MILF tells Moro people to ‘let reason prevail over emotion’

Amid dismay over BBL’s non-enactment: MILF tells Moro people to ‘let reason prevail over emotion’

OZAMIZ CITY (MindaNews/19 February) — In a strong display of diplomacy and statesmanship, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has called for calm and sobriety in Bangsamoro c ...

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Army, MILF suffer 1 fatality each in ‘accidental’ encounter in Maguindanao

Army, MILF suffer 1 fatality each in ‘accidental’ encounter in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – A government trooper seriously wounded in action when government forces and Moro rebels clashed by accident in Datu Saudi Ampatuan ...

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PRIVILEGE SPEECH: I am for peace but not for appeasement at the expense of the Republic

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: I am for peace but not for appeasement at the expense of the Republic

(Privilege Speech delivered by Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat on 2 February 2016 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City).  To me and to many, the ARMM is not a failed ...

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Hopeful

Hopeful

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Hadj Murad Ebrahim says the MILF is still hopeful that President Benigno Aquino III can still push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic L ...

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Murad to PNoy in recent meeting: passing BLBAR will throw away peace process

Murad to PNoy in recent meeting: passing BLBAR will throw away peace process

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 January) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) looks forward to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but ...

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From SAF last year to rats this year: crop failure in the cornfields of Tukanalipao

From SAF last year to rats this year: crop failure in the cornfields of Tukanalipao

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews /25 January) – The makeshift wooden footbridge still stands between the riverbanks but is no longer used by residents here as the c ...

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ARMM officials mark Mamasapano Tragedy anniversary

ARMM officials mark Mamasapano Tragedy anniversary

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) commemorated Monday the first anniversary of the Mamasapano Tragedy with prayer ...

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Ritual in Mamasapano

Ritual in Mamasapano

An indigenous leader from Cordillera leaves the site of the Mamasapano encounter after a ritual together with the family members of the PNP Special Action Force personnel who peri ...

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No to BLBAR

No to BLBAR

MILF supporters say they want the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) passed, and not the “diluted” Basic Law of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), during a one-day peace summ ...

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Murad to Congress: give importance to peace, pass the BBL

Murad to Congress: give importance to peace, pass the BBL

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 January) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has appealed to Congress to give importance to peace b ...

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PEACETALK: Re-investigation of the Mamasapano Incident: In aid of justice or political conspiracy?

PEACETALK: Re-investigation of the Mamasapano Incident: In aid of justice or political conspiracy?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 January) -- January 25, 2016 marks the first death anniversary of the victims of the infamous Mamasapano encounter between the Special Action Force (SA ...

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Ferrer: enactment of BBL to stave off growth of extremism

Ferrer: enactment of BBL to stave off growth of extremism

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/18 January) -- Government chief negotiator in peace talks with Moro rebels pitched anew for the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to help the coun ...

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Mamasapano folk grateful for new bridge

Mamasapano folk grateful for new bridge

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/18 January) – If there are things that have come out good in this town after the tragedy almost a year ago that left 44 police commandoes, 17 Mo ...

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BIFF harassments, rido disrupt New Year celebration

BIFF harassments, rido disrupt New Year celebration

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) -- The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked three Army detachments in Maguindanao on New Year’s eve but no one was injured as ...

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Reunification Meet

Reunification Meet

After being upset by the peace process, leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) meet for a reunification and reconciliation e ...

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MILF, MNLF leaders move to reconcile, unify

MILF, MNLF leaders move to reconcile, unify

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 15 Dec) – Upset by the decades-long peace process and alleged unfulfilled promises by the government, leaders from the two factions of the ...

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Iqbal meets Iloilo media

Iqbal meets Iloilo media

MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal talks to reporters after the media roundtable discussion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Friday (Dec. 4, 2015) at the University of the V ...

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MILF’s Iqbal sees no passage of BBL under Aquino

MILF’s Iqbal sees no passage of BBL under Aquino

ILOILO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) --  The door has narrowed for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law under the Aquino administration, the head of the Moro Islamic Liberation ...

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8 members of ISIS-inspired group killed in SK clash

8 members of ISIS-inspired group killed in SK clash

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 November) -- Eight members of an armed group believed to be inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria were killed in four-hour gun battle with th ...

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Not over until it’s over

Not over until it’s over

Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer, chair of the government peace panel updates members of the media on the Bangsamoro peace process Friday afternoon, November 13, 2015, at the Apo View ...

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Mastura files intervention with SC in defense of FAB/CAB

Mastura files intervention with SC in defense of FAB/CAB

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) – Give the Bangsamoro a day in court. Datu Michael Mastura, lawyer and historian and direct descendant of the hero Sultan Kudarat, filed Tuesday an u ...

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Mamasapano mayor worried over innocents tagged as behind SAF 44 killing

Mamasapano mayor worried over innocents tagged as behind SAF 44 killing

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – Municipal Mayor Benzar Ampatuan  expressed concerns over the safety of innocent civilians in his town tagged by a government panel ...

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Mind da News: Complicating the Simple

Mind da News: Complicating the Simple

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 18, 2015 – Last September 8, President Aquino, at the exclusive “Meet Inquirer Multimedia Forum” with the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s editors and st ...

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