‘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… »

BBL interpellations suspended until after SONA; only 8 of 38 Reps finished

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – The House of Representatives suspended interpellations on the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday before adjourning sine… »

Sema: MILF “wanted the moon and stars and everything” but is getting only the rays of the sun

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – One of the vice chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday night said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

House will pass BBL after SONA; Iqbal says “come what may”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 08 June) — The House of Representatives will finish its interpellations on HB 5811, the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), on Wednesday before… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Power scramble 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 June) — I read reports saying that Mindanao is well and “ok” on power needs due to the many new power plants being put up. True? Not… »

PEACETALK: “I say Muslim Mindanao is a nation… We are a nation of many nations”

(Maguindanao Rep. Bai Sandra A. Sema, one of the vice chairs in the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law delivered this sponsorship speech for HB 5811 or the… »

Rodriguez: quorum problems affecting June 11 target for BBL approval

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez admitted Tuesday night that the issue on quorum is affecting their June 11 target to approve House Bill 5811,… »

BBL’s substitute bill at the plenary: a night of speeches but who was listening?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 02 June) – “Be on the right side of history,” Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Framing Autonomy: Issues and Concerns on the changes in the economic provisions of the original BBL draft as approved by the Ad Hoc Committee

Atty. Ishak V. Mastura, LL.M. Bangsamoro Study Group [Powerpoint presentation of Atty. Ishak V. Mastura, LL.M., co-convenor of the Bangsamoro Study Group at the Experts’ Forum on Autonomy Framework in… »

Autonomy framework in the House Ad Hoc Committee’s BBL: a critical analysis

Atty. Naguib G. Sinarimbo Bangsamoro Study Group [Powerpoint presentation of Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, co-convenor of the Bangsamoro Study Group, at the Experts’ Forum on Autonomy Framework in the House Ad… »

House Committee’s “Bangsamoro” is “less than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – The House of Representatives will meet in plenary on Monday, June 1 until Congress adjourns sine die on June 11, to deliberate and vote on… »

MIND DA NEWS: All’s not well ahead

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 May) — No amount of media hype can hide or dissemble the fate of the Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL) in the Congress. In the Senate, SB… »

GPH, MILF peace panels urged to return to nego table, agree on new timetable

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) — A former member of the government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is proposing that the peace panels… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Party politics, elections under MILF

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – It’s unfortunate that many of the most deplorable abuses that figured in elections past were perpetrated in Muslim-dominated areas of Mindanao… »

Plenary debate on Bangsamoro law begins June 1

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/24 May) — Debates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or what the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) has renamed as the Basic… »

MNLF, ARMM legislators will be in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 24 May) — If the provision in the House Committee-approved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on the composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is adopted by… »

PEACETALK: Achieving comprehensive Peace with BBL Part 2: How to arrive at decisions given the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 May) — A larger question before Congress about the Bangsamoro is how members as “policymaker” (rather than that suggested by the nomenclature “lawmaker”) should decide on… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Man of the hour

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — In MindaNews, there is a nice, poignant picture of my friend and cousin Rufus Rodriguez, congressional representative of my home city Cagayan de… »

Committee-approved BBL: Is it faithful to the peace pact? Is it more than ARMM?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 22 May) — By a vote of 50 in favor, 17 against and one abstention on Wednesday afternoon, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Rep. Catamco on IPs in the Committee-approved BBL: “not so happy”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/22 May) – “Not so happy.” North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco proposed at least 12 amendments to the then 18-article, 242-section draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, focusing on Indigenous… »

MILF close to removal from UN list of groups using child soldiers

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 May) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced it was on its way to completing the UN-MILF action plan to get it delisted as a group… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: What to do with China?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) — I talked on the phone last Saturday with Zambales Gov. Hermogenes ” Jun” Ebdane who was a colleague in the Arroyo Cabinet. He has set up… »

PEACETALK: Achieving Comprehensive Peace with BBL: Why Lawmakers are confused about the Whole-of-Government negotiation formula? (Part I)

Lawmakers and policymakers before the start of the sponsorship for the Draft BBL could debate the central question that begs interpretative reservations about the Framework of Bangsamoro Agreement (FAB) and… »

“Vote for our future, Vote for Peace,” House Committee urged as it votes on BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — “The future of Mindanao and the Philippines is in your hands,” a Catholic priest said as he and other supporters of the peace process urged… »

PEACETALK: Strength, but not without Shame

[A Reflection on Our Trustworthiness vis-à-vis Muslim Filipinos] DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — In presenting the report of the Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to both the… »

TURNING POINT: Of Ingratitude and Selective Perception

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/04 May) — For about a week, the Filipinos were one and united on Mary Jane Veloso. They prayed, joined rallies, signed petitions and exerted all other… »

Malacanang, MILF, AFP confirm Usman killed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /04 May) – Malacanang and officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have confirmed the killing Sunday of… »

Wanted terrorist Abdulbasit Usman killed by MILF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) – Abdulbasit Usman, one of the country’s most wanted terrorists was killed 11:50 a.m. Sunday in a chance encounter with troops of Moro Islamic Liberation… »

At least a thousand march for peace in Marawi; Alonto-led MNLF affirms solidarity with MILF

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/28 April) – At least a thousand residents joined the Bangsamoro Walk for Peace early Tuesday morning  to push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

PEACETALK: We have gone this far in our peace process; there should be no turning back

(Thank You Speech by Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer Awarding Ceremony, Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 22 April 2015) Your Excellencies: Former… »

OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF, MILF leaders in Davao City; secretariat for Bangsamoro Coordination Forum set up

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 20  April) — The secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met separately with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic… »

OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF and MILF

Iyad Bin Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) arrives for his meeting with the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum – composed of leaders of the… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: An alias is an issue of trust and confidence

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — It is good that the truce with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has held fast thus far, prevailing more or less throughout… »

Criminal charges to be filed against 90 MILF/BIFF/PAGs for SAF 35 deaths

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – Criminal charges are being prepared against 90 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and private armed… »

DENR-12 allots P7M for reforestation of 3 Maguindanao, SouthCot upland villages

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 has allotted around P7 million for the reforestation of three upland… »

Kato deputy now heads BIFF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – A Middle East-educated sheik (Islamic scholar) now leads the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) after its founding chair Amiril Umra Kato died of cardiac arrest on… »

Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato: “I am against never-ending peace negotiations”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato, the first chair of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway group from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) succumbed… »

MILF, mayor confirm BIFF founder Amiril Umra Kato is dead

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato, founder of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) passed away Tuesday, Mayor Samsoddin “Pink” Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town… »

PEACETALK: Matching the Peace Commission with Parity of Esteem: What kind of BBL comes after politicking?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) — Where is written in parchment that bloodcurdling politicians are supposed to be on God’s side of public spiritedness? President Aquino III was well-advised… »

Rodriguez: BBL okay assured, but for eight provisions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – The chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will push for the passage of the… »

PEACETALK: Ten Easter Challenges for Peace in Mindanao

(Easter Sunday message of Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro City, 05 April 2015) As we start the Easter season recalling Our Lord’s triumph over injustice,… »

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