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… »

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… »

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