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,… »

BIFF blamed in Maguindanao explosion; 12 injured, including 2 TV5 news staff

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/1 February)—A reporter and a cameraman of TV5 were among the 12 persons wounded in a roadside explosion in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao Saturday morning, military officials… »

CSOs to hold peace rallies in Mindanao in support of GPH-MILF talks

COTABATO CITY(MindaNews/28 January)—Civil society organizations in Mindanao will conduct simultaneous peace rallies, dubbed “Drums for Peace,” in key cities in the island on Wednesday (January 29) to drumbeat support to… »

NorthCot to conduct consultations on GPH-MILF peace process

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 16 January) – The provincial government of North Cotabato will hold massive consultations regarding the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and… »

COMMENT: An Option to Consider (5A)

V. Dilemma and Option [Author’s Note: This article is fifth and last in the series Option to Consider. The fourth in the series, “Crucial Stage”, was published in MindaNews on… »

COMMENTARY: Dilemmas and Delays: Indigenous Peoples, Power and the Bangsamoro (Part 1)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 December)–With the release of “Power Sharing”, the 3rd annex of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the situation of Indigenous Peoples (IP) in the Bangsamoro reached a… »

Marawi police chief taken by MILF members freed

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/6 December)—The chief of police in Marawi City, Supt. Christopher Panapan, was freed Friday noon hours after he was abducted by members of the Moro Islamic… »

Consultations on Bangsamoro Basic Law kicks off

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 3 Dec) – Massive public consultations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law kicks off Wednesday in Lanao del Norte, parallel to the convening of the peace panels of government… »

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: What kind of development for the Bangsamoro?

PENANG, Malaysia (MindaNews / 6 Nov) – In Mindanao, we have had too many wars and too many development programs that we still continue asking ourselves, what kind of development… »

COMMENT: Curious! Just Curious (4)

IV. State of Moro Problem: Enigmatic GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 October)– Unacceptable demands and the policy of crime and punishment precluded negotiation; military action prevailed and wrecked havoc. This is… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Do you believe in Rody Duterte?


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 October) –  It’s been a long while since I last listened to Mayor Rody Duterte deliver a speech. Until last Friday when I was invited by Businessman… »

COMMENT: FVR’s ‘Win-win’ Turns ‘Loss-loss’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – Of the four Philippine presidents after Ferdinand E. Marcos and before Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, we consider Fidel V. Ramos as… »

MIND DA NEWS: Depends on Misuari

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 September) –  Since the other day, by the media reports, the military has started the final stage of its operation to mop up the remaining MNLF… »

MIND DA NEWS :Blame It on Tactical Errors

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 September)– The MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) “invaders” of Zamboanga City have no chance. Numbering 180 (some reports say 300), how could they win against 3,000… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: The lost mujahideen

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 September) – In successive interviews by national TV networks on the Zamboanga City standoff, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla kept saying that their forces… »

GPH, MILF assure Zambo standoff won’t derail peace talks; condemn Misuari

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/11 September) – The peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have assured the standoff in Zamboanga City would not stall the Mindanao… »

CDO blast suspects not in MILF camps – Army

BALINDONG, Lanao del Sur (MindaNews/10 September) – Army personnel found no terror suspects in two Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps in this town earlier alleged to have served as… »

‘Zambo incident involving MNLF won’t affect GPH-MILF peace talks’

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/09 September)— The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) remained optimistic on the prospects of signing a final peace deal with the government as Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) elements… »

Civilians taken hostage as MNLF attacks Zamboanga City

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 September) — Armed followers of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have held some 20 civilians hostage in Zamboanga City after a clash with government troops on… »

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