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… »

GPH, MILF: draft Bangsamoro Basic Law done by Aug. 18 “In sha Allah”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 10 August) – The peace panels of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front ended their 10-day “workshop” here Sunday without completing, again, like in the three… »

Echoes of Peace

Echoes of Peace from Mindanews on Vimeo. Unresolved issues over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law have recently raised concern among Moro  communities across Mindanao that  violence may erupt should the… »

QUN FAYA QUN: An Open Letter to Rigoberto D. Tiglao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 August) — Dear Mr. Tiglao, I would like to tell you that your article last August 3, 2014  entitled “The next firestorm to hit Aquino” is… »

GPH, MILF peace panels open doors to civil society reps; vow only option is peace  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 August) – For the first time in their 10-day meeting here, the peace panels of the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

Zambo City files intrusion complaint against MILF members

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – The city government has filed a complaint for intrusion against alleged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members before the Office of the Presidential… »

Pool of independent lawyers now assisting GPH, MILF peace panels  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 August) —  A newly-formed pool of independent lawyers is assisting the peace panels of the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the… »

GPH, MILF peace panels begin 10-day meet to finalize draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /02 August) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels began Friday afternoon their 10-day meeting here to finalize the text of the… »

GPH, MILF panels meet where GPH, MNLF reached breakthrough in 1996

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) — The venue of the 10-day meeting of the peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) here was the… »

PEACETALK: Separating Peace-Building From The Bangsamoro Basic Law

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 31 July) — In a previous piece, I wrote that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was expected to be enacted by Congress before the next State… »

COMMENT: Between the Lines: What?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 July)– In our Mind da News article, “SONA 2014 at a Glance”, July 29, we commented in passing on the President’s four-paragraph statement concerning the “Bangsamoro”… »

GPH, MILF peace panels meet anew to finalize draft BBL; Senate, House leaders await draft BBL  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) — The peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are going to hold a “lengthy meeting” starting Aug 1 to… »

Bangsamoro in the SONA: two minutes and two oversights

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) — Two minutes and two oversights. Those who were anticipating an important announcement from the President on his supposed “legacy” project — the Bangsamoro, the… »

SONA Watch

A small Moro Islamic Liberation Front unit watches on TV the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III in Marawi City on Monday, 28 July 2014. Many… »

‘Nakaka-disappoint naman,’ say MILF rebs on PNoy’s SONA

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – Inside a small, dark office, five young Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels gathered around a small TV set to watch the State of… »

Moro woman leader: “No other option but the peace process”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) — Amid the uncertainties brought about by the still unresolved issues hounding the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (5)

(5th and Last of the Series) IV. Molehill or Mountain? GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 26, 2014 – In Parts I, II and III, we see what the Moro Islamic Liberation… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: A Bangsamoro community can be our model

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)–Part of our hopes for the Bangsamoro administration is to perform better in developing and maintaining their communities. Nowhere in our island region so far… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big? (3)

3rd of a Series II. What GPH Says GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are one in their agreement to… »

PEACETALK: Transitional Justice and the Bangsamoro

[Welcome Address: Launch of ForumZFD's Moving Beyond: Towards Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Peace Process, at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City on July 14, 2014). It is my pleasure… »

“Compulsory reading” on Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro launched  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – “Transitional Justice? What’s that?“ The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) provides… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Democracy needs intensive care in Mindanao, especially the ARMM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — Earlier on, in a public meeting in Zamboanga City where the crowd booed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) contingent, it’s lead speaker… »

Soldier, alleged MILF rebel killed in Lanao Sur clash

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – A soldier and a suspected member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were killed in an encounter Friday in Marantao, Lanao del Sur in what… »

COMMENT: BBL Concerns: Little, Nothing or Big?

I. What MILF Says GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 12, 2014 – The peace process between Government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has bogged down after the Office of… »

Mind da News: Transition Getting Shorter

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 2, 2014 – The transition proper period of the Bangsamoro for proper transition is getting shorter, so implies a report of The Philippine Star (June 29:… »

Mind da News: All About Respect and Respectability

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 1, 2014 – Last June 24, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino keynoted the sixth International Conference on the Consolidation for Peace (COP6) held in Hiroshima, Japan.… »

MILF, MNLF meet in Jeddah; vow to activate Bangsamoro Coordination Forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the different factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) including Nur Misuari’s group, met in… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Wishing the MILF Well in Their Party-Building

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 June)–One wonders how the MILF will go about the task of organizing and capacitating their Bangsamoro electoral vehicle or political party. They’re not exactly famous… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What Does MILF Mean by a Ministerial Form of Government?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 June) — The MILF specifies a ‘ministerial form of government” as their preferred system for the Bangsamoro jurisdiction. It is unclear what they mean or… »

Military links BIFF attacks to presence of terror suspect

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 June) – The military had linked fresh attacks by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao to the alleged presence of a suspected terrorist in… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to Congress by July 28

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – Exactly seven weeks to the day it received the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), Malacanang is still conducting what a… »

Gov’t troops, BIFF clash anew in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – Four rebels were killed and several others were wounded as fighting erupted anew in Maguindanao between government troops and members of a breakaway Moro rebel… »

COMMENT: Nagíng* ‘Nagging Customary’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 May)— In our last two-article COMMENT (Impact Overrated, MindaNews April 10 and 14, 2014), we noted the misperception about peace and economic development in Mindanao as… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: What We Really Want From the Bangsamoro Agreement

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/06 May) — The greatest any Filipino or Mindanaon can expect from the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is genuine peace, the goodwill it fosters for… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Persistent cynicism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — In a way, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) can thank the weakness of our democracy for the concessions it won from negotiating… »

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,… »

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