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”… »

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… »

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