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… »

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… »

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 not the… »

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 central part is about to… »

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 prayers for similar incidents never to… »

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 perished in… »

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 summit at… »

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 by passing… »

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 (SAF) of the Philippine… »

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 county counter… »

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… »

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 the… »

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 effort in a… »

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 Moro struggle… »

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 Visayas… »

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 Front peace panel said during… »

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… »

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 Hotel… »

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 urgent… »

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 probing the January 25 Mamasapano… »

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 staff, disclosed there had… »

House goes on 5-session days a week to pass BBL; Senate sets no deadline

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September) — Starting Monday, September 7, the House of Representatives will be holding five session days a week – from Monday to Friday – instead of three… »

GPH, MNLF, OIC meet to set agenda for Tripartite Review

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) – Representatives from the Philippine government (GPH), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet in Manila… »

Minda da News: All Words, No Actions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 18, 2015 – Without leadership in action, the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill –even with its substitute name “Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Basic Law” – will not be… »

Duterte: honor peace agreements

M’LANG, North Cotabato (MindaNews /04 August) – The next President of the Philippines will have to deal with the peace processes with the Moro and the National Democratic Front (NDF)… »

MIND DA NEWS: BBL ‘Binobola’ Lang

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) — In Tagalog (Pilipino) and other Philippine dialects “bola”, adopted from Spanish, means “ball”. The verb form “binobola” has two meanings — literally,… »

Civil society supports BTC reso; says HB 5811’s autonomy is “weaker than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – Representatives from civil society on Thursday expressed support for the resolution passed by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) rejecting HB 5811, saying the House of… »

House resumes BBL interpellation on Aug. 4; still no substitute bill at the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – The House of Representatives will resume the interpellation period for House Bill 5811, the substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday,… »

BBL in PNoy’s SONA: 3 minutes out of 130-minute speech

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) –   One paragraph, the rest video materials, for a total of three minutes on what is supposed to be an “urgent” bill — the Bangsamoro Basic… »

PNoy’s challenge to BBL critics: propose a better soltution

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) — President Benigno S. Aquino III only had a few words to say about the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but he snapped back at those… »

The little girl in red turned out to be Murad’s grandchild

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 July) — Unmindful of the presence of at least 50 journalists, a little girl in red shirt printed with the message “You’ve got to… »

Wondering

Four-year old Sittie Zareenah Ebrahim wonders who is seated beside her grandpa, MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (right) onstage at the Central Committee Convention Hall in Camp Darapanan, Sultan… »

Murad; continue peace process even if BBL not passed within PNoy’s term

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 July) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said on Saturday that it will continue to demand for the implementation of the peace agreements it signed with the… »

Youth outside ARMM urged to “know the history of the Bangsamoro”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – The Executive Secretary of the Autonmous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) urges young people from outside the region to “know the history of the Bangsamoro,… »

PEACETALK: Be true to your vocation as truth tellers, sharers of truth

(Keynote address of Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, at the media forum “Beyond Mamasapano: Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process” on July 24 in Cotabato City)  A Moral and Religious Perspective… »

Murder charges, theft filed vs 102 suspects in Mamasapano tragedy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) – A hundred and two persons, among them three commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and two from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »

PEACETALK: Bias And Prejudice, Challenge To Evangelization

[Privilege Speech of Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI at the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on July 12. Quevedo was President of… »

What people have forgotten about the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – Which BBL? Whose BBL? For whom is the BBL? The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to Congress in ceremonial rites held in Malacanang on… »

Rufus: BBL deliberations to resume August despite petitions in Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 July) – The House of Representatives will resume deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) next month without waiting for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the… »

BIFF attacks a show of force – Army

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 July) – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has been staging attacks to create the impression that it remains a force to reckon with, 6th… »

‘Part of normalization’: Army brigade leaves Camp Abubakar

BARIRA, Maguindanao (MindaNews/01 July) – An Army brigade has been pulled out of Camp Abubakar, a former major camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in this town, a… »

MIND DA NEWS: Don’t Dismiss the Petitions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindNews/28 June) — The petitions of the Philconsa (Philippine Constitution Association) and Jacinto Paras, former congressman from Negros Oriental, to declare unconstitutional, illegal and void the Framework… »

Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida meets GPH and MILF officials in Tokyo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 June) — Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to peace and development in Mindanao, particularly in the Bangsamoro, during his meeting Saturday with… »

Decommissioning’s significance: “ a promise of peace after Mamasapano”

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 June 2015) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, attended the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in the… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Playing favorites

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/17 June) — It was almost noon and the heat inside the gym of the old Maguindanao capitol in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat was getting to be oppressive.… »

Initial MILF Decommissioning

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Hadj Murad Ebrahim and President Benigno Aquino III inspect the firearms during a ceremonial turnover at the old Maguindanao provincial capitol in Sultan Kudarat… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: “If not today, tomorrow”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — Many have now serious  doubts about the future of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) given Congress’ failure to pass it on time. I have … »

PNoy to witness decommissioning of MILF firearms, combatants

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – President Aquino will witness the first phase of the decommissioning processes in Maguindanao on Tuesday, June 16, with the ceremonial turnover of 55… »

“The Tripoli Agreement was succeeding. We had peace” – Marcos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The Tripoli Agreement of 1976 that was signed by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine government (GPH) under then President Ferdinand Marcos,… »

ARMM Local Gov’t Secretary urges passage of BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 June) – The Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DILG-ARMM) has urged the Philippine Councilors League and… »

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