BBL’s fate in the hands of 98 reps, most of them from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 May) – The fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) — whether it is one that adheres to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement… »

POETRY: Picture-Perfect

Cruising at thirty six thousand feet approximately on an early summer morning sunny, from inside the giant metal bird’s cold belly through the glass window awed I see sheep with… »

4 Mindanao papers win 6 of 12 PPI awards

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) – Four Mindanao newspapers won six out of 12 journalism awards given by the Philippine Press Institute, including the country’s Best Edited daily and weekly papers.… »

1st Conference on Mindanao Literatures set for Feb. 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – Mindanaon writers, literature teachers and reserarches are invited to submit papers for the 1st Conference on Mindanao Literatures on February 24 to 26, 2016. The… »

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… »

Davao council gives nod for Duterte to sign MOU with UPMin for sports complex construction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – The city council passed on second reading an ordinance granting Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte authority to sign for the city a proposed memorandum… »

TARGET PRACTICE: How ready is the NGCP? Carmelito Q. Francisco

2nd of a series DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — The two main blackouts that plunged Mindanao into darkness in the last two years showed how vulnerable the Mindanao power grid… »

How Great Thou Art

Photojournalist RENE B. LUMAWAG on his photograph of the sunrise as seen from the Panabo Mariculture Park  on Sunday, April 12: “We must remember always that …we are just part… »

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,… »

Friends of Peace

Former Comelec chair and 1986 Constitutional Commission member Christian Monsod, Mindanao Business Council chair Vicente Lao, Mindanao’s first Cardinal,  Orlando B. Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato; Amina Rasul of the Philippine… »

Mindanao-wide blackout; still no explanation what caused it

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 April) – Most of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities suffered power outage from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday but as of 4 p.m.… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: We need to strengthen our faith, hope and love to continue advocating for peace

(Deliveredy by Fr. Roberto C. Layson, OMI, during the graduation rites at the Ateneo de Davao University on March 28, 2015. Fr. Layson and his friend, Mike Alon, were conferred… »

ESSAY: Bakwit basics, post-Mamasapano By Marian Pastor Roces

They are taking it on the chin and bearing it. Grinning, in fact. Some 120,000 Maguindanaos from various barangays of Mamasapano, Rajah Buayan, Sharif Aguak, Rajah Saudi Ampatuan, Guindulungan, Talitan,… »

PEACETALK: Why Alan Peter Cayetano owes Sec. Deles, Prof. Ferrer and all women peacemakers in this country a public apology!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — I am no big fan of Secretary Deles and Professor Miriam Coronel- Ferrer. As an independent peace advocate representing the tri-people grassroots in Mindanao, I… »

PEACETALK: We have reached this far because we have people in Mindanao who refuse to become victims of war

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) — As a peace advocate who has accompanied the GPH-MILF Peace Talks in the last 15 years, I had been reflecting on the letter of Cardinal… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Future of the BBL (3): Sharing of Powers under the BBL

3rd of a six-part series (*This six part series is based on an article I wrote with Atty. Janice Lee entitled “The Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Overcoming Constitutional Challenges” which… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Dreaming of a peace dividend

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — The best peace dividend we, Mindanawons, can earn from a successful conclusion to the Bangsamoro issue would be law and order, one instituted… »

Dance for Peace

A member of the Civil-Military Operations of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division leads a group of students in a flash mob at the  Davao City launch of  the nationwide… »

DPWH asks UPMin to fasttrack design for sports complex

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 March) – The Department of Public Works and Highways has asked the University of the Philippines Mindanao to fasttrack its designs for the Davao City… »

PEACETALK: Justice can be attained if we all sit down with calmer heads

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 March) — I am writing this letter as the hate I see over unfortunate incidents has risen. We have politicians crying for “Blood, Blood, spill it on… »

Kapait sa Bibingka

Bága sa ibabáw, bága sa ilalom, sa walá kaláyo, sa tuó kaláyo gihapon, haskang paita, ambot asa mi padulong, among kahimtang daw bibingka intawon. Nanagsumpaking mga puwersa nga armado, tigpanalipod… »

CRUCIBLE: Sovereignty versus Sub-State

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 23 Feb) — It is an honor to be given the opportunity to share my view in today’s Joint Committee hearing of the Senate on the Bangsamoro… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH : Message of peace and how ordinary people can help

(Privilege Speech delivered by Maguindanao 1st district Rep. Bai Sandra S. A. Sema at the House of Representatives on Monday, February 16) Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. Assalamu Alaikum means peace… »

Mindanawon

MINDANAWON Aris Alvarez   Mindanawon Ikaw, ako, tayo Nanawagan. Lahat ay tinatawagan Taga Cotabato o taga Jolo O saan ka mang dako Di ka ba kikibo? O di ka na… »

COMMENTARY: A Mindanawon’s view of the complex issues facing the Land of Promise

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — When Mindanao is in trouble, Manila is shaken and the whole country is upset. How do we understand Mindanao, how should… »

Seniang now a storm, makes landfall over Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 December) – Tropical depression Seniang has intensified into a storm and made landfall over Bakulin, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur early Monday morning, packing sustained winds of 65… »

Fr. Picx: from biking for peace in 2000 to biking for climate in 2014

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 Dec) — He biked “for peace” across the country for 18 days in 2000, meeting truckloads of soldiers on their way to the Estrada administration’s “all-out war”… »

Low Pressure Area approaching Mindanao

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – As Tropical Storm “Queenie” exits the country past Palawan, a Low Pressure Area is also incoming, spotted at 480 km east of General… »

“Pray for long-lasting peace” is this year’s Mindanao week of Peace theme

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) – This year’s theme for the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) is “We pray for long-lasting peace in Mindanao. Give, Share, Live and Proclaim Peace.” The… »

Zamboanga City hosts Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/18 October) — Religious and lay leaders of the Catholic Church across Mindanao’s 21 archdioceses and dioceses will meet here on October 20 to 23 for the 15th… »

Mindanao LGU leaders call for immediate access to adaptation funds;  seek clarity on use of People’s Survival Fund

Davao City (October 6, 2014) —– Local government leaders from 23 municipalities from Maguindanao, Cotabato, Lanao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan, and Surigao provinces flocked to Davao City to renew… »

COMMENTARY: Treevolution: Beyond The Guinness World Record

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 September) — The Department of Environment and Resources (DENR) in partnership with Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) initiated a tree-planting activity dubbed Treevolution, where .6 million trees are… »

Canada gives PhP 20 million in humanitarian assistance to Mindanao

PRESS RELEASE The Government of Canada has announced it is giving Cad$ 500,000 (approx. PhP 20 million) in humanitarian assistance funding for those affected by conflict in Mindanao. The funding… »

Murad: “what’s happening here is different from the Middle East”  

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 August) — Mindanao and the Middle East should not be compared because the situations in these areas are different, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair… »

TURNING POINT Rethinking Charter Change

NAWAAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/24 Aug) — The Philippine Constitution has not been amended since its adoption in 1987. There had been several attempts to tinker with it for some noble… »

PEACETALK: Between Davao and Manila: An appointment with the BBL

There is a famous story from the Middle East about man not being able to escape his fate: A wealthy merchant from the city of Baghdad has sent a servant… »

MEDCo and MinDA

  Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) meets with Paul Dominguez, board vice-chair of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) during a meeting Tuesday, August 12,… »

Group to present emerging, disturbing trends in Mindanao migration

7 August 2014 The Mindanao summit convened by the Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Action Inc. (MMCEAI) will show emerging, and often disturbing trends in the movement of people from… »

ARMM eyes special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi

COTABATO CITY(MindaNews/05 July)—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional government is eyeing the establishment of a special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi province to further bolster trade and tourism exchanges… »

Bangsamoro in transition (2): Too much to do, too little time

2nd of a series: Too much to do, too little time DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 July) — When President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA)… »

A year of change for 28 young Muslims from Mindanao

MANILA (MindaNews/29 June) — After studying abroad for a year, the lives of 28 Muslim youths will never be the same again. Bryan Khetmir, 17, a student from the Ireneo… »

PNoy, Murad meet on concerns over draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  

HIROSHIMA (MindaNews/24 June) – It wasn’t a two-hour talk like their first face-to-face meeting in a hotel near Narita airport in Tokyo on August 4, 2011 but President Benigno Simeon… »

PNoy, Murad in Hiroshima for seminar on BMoro peace pact implementation  

HIROSHIMA (MindaNews/24 June ) — Nearly three months after the March 27 signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Moro Islamic… »

Bangsamoro in Hiroshima

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer exchange pleasantries with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and his wife,… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Every Political Party Should Pay Attention to Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/18 June)– Any political party worth its salt should have a vision for Mindanao and a stand on the issues that continue to bedevil the island… »

Art Talk

Visual artist Kublai Milan shares to Philippine Press Institute president Jesus Dureza and participants at the roundtable on Reporting Culture and the Arts how difficult it is in to be… »

Media’s role

Philippine Press Institute president Jesus Dureza (right) suggests to participants of a roundtable discussion on Reporting Culture and the Arts to give more space for articles and features on culture,… »

MORO IN EXILE: Open Letter to Angeline Jolie

Dear Angelina, I am writing as one of your fans. I do admire your work, your on-screen work but more so your sincere contribution to highlight humanitarian issues. But please,… »

PEACETALK: It’s because we are different that we have so much to share

(Author’s sharing on the “Story of the Church in Pikit” at the International Conference of Cotabato at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City on June 7, 2014)  A church… »

Cardinal Quevedo certain Cotabato City will vote yes to Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 June) – The future Bangsamoro has an early campaigner: Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, Mindanao’s first Cardinal. Quevedo told an international conference here… »

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