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,… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

MNLF, MILF in OIC meet

Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) — MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (L), MNLF chair Muslimin Sema (center) and Randolph… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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)… »

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… »

PEACETALK: Cardinal Quevedo’s Notes on Senate Report on Mamasapano

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) — The larger portion of the report deals with the allocation of responsibility to the Special Action Force (SAF), the military, and the President. It has… »

Maguindanao’s bakwits now 125,302; grandmas say they’re too old to evacuate  

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 March) – Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their villages in Maguindanao following the… »

PEACETALK: Grieving, Doing Justice,Working for Peace (A Letter To All Christians)

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /08 March) — Fellow Disciples of Christ: Greetings of peace in the Lord! As a Filipino and Mindanawon, I grieve profoundly for our gallant SAF (Special Action… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: 7 Feb 1974: Montage From A Kid’s Memory Bank

Warina Sushil A. Jukuy (Originally published in Jihad al Akbar Bilingual Magazine 2003 which the author edited). 7th of February 1974. “Batih na kamu, yanna simud in mga mawisss!” (*… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Traitors in our midst

Treason: treachery towards one’s country or government; betrayal of one’s country to an enemy. Traitor: one who is disloyal; one who betrays his country, cause, friends, etc. – Webster’s Dictionary… »

NHA asks construction firm to “remove and replace” 3 houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/03 November) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has ordered the firm undertaking the construction of 158 housing units for the “bakwits” to “remove and replace” the three… »

COMMENT: BBL: Test of Moro Unity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 22, 2014 – Will Moro leaders and their followers unite in Bangsamoro? The plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be the ultimate test. Is… »

COMMENT: BBL: What in the Aftermath?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law, by its title, is tri-functional. By these three functions, numbered in parentheses inserted in the title quoted below,… »

COMMENT: Misuari: Relevant, Necessary?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 6, 2014 – Is it necessary for Founding Chairman Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front to participate in committee hearings of the Congress on… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: The Realities of Negotiating

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 Oct) — My previous work as “negotiator” was varied. Let me recall some. I dealt with   hostage takers at the Davao Penal Colony where eight hostage takers were “neutralized”… »

COMMENT: FPA and BBL

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 Sept) — Last Monday, while surfing the net for the latest on the Bangsamoro Basic Law bill now in the Congress, we netted an Inquirer Mindanao… »

Dec. 17 is target date for passing Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) – Calendared for first reading Monday, September 14, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, now known as House Bill 4994, is targeted for passing by December 17… »

“We will Rise!” is theme of year after Zambo siege commemoration

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 September) – “We will Rise!” is the theme chosen by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 9, 2013 siege that led… »

PEACETALK: MNLF siege a year after: The task of peacebuilding

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 Sept) — Nobody wins in a war, it has been said. And a year after the shocking attack of Zamboanga City by the Moro National Liberation Front… »

QUN FAYA QUN: Studying the Muslim Communities Post 911

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — The Muslim world has indeed changed after the 9/11 bombing in New York. We may want to ask ourselves, why did it happen? The next… »

Zambo health office conducts anti-measles vaccination for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – The City Health Office is conducting mass vaccination against measles at the evacuation centers and transitory sites that house thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)… »

NHA rushes completion of houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 August) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has committed to complete the construction of 45 duplex loftable units by the end of this month at Martha Drive,… »

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… »

Zambo opens 8th transitory site for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The city government, in partnership with local and international agencies, has formally opened on Thursday the 8th transitory site in a bid to gradually clear… »

Bangsamoro in transition (4): Capacity building, capacity mobilization

Last of four parts: Capacity building, capacity mobilization DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 July) – On September 9, 1996, exactly a week after the Philippine government and the Moro National… »

Zambo villages urged to construct evacuation centers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 June) – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) urged every barangay here to have its own evacuation center where residents could seek shelter in times of calamities.… »

Zambo ‘bakwits’ receive P9.7M livelihood assistance from DSWD

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P9.7 million to 42 Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations comprising of internally displaced persons… »

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: 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… »

More Badjao ‘bakwits’ in Zambo moved to transitory site

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – The local government has transferred another 30 Badjao families from R.T. Lim Boulevard, also known as “Cawa-Cawa” Boulevard, to the transitory site in Sitio Masepla,… »

100 Zambo ‘bakwits’ to complete livelihood skills training

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – A total of 100 internally displaced persons (IDPs) or “bakwits” in this city are set to complete a month-long livelihood skills training Wednesday… »

NHA starts rehab of Zambo siege-affected area

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has started the site development of the Paniran Homeowners Association area in Barangay Sta. Catalina, marking the start… »

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… »

WFP to resume food-for-work program for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will resume next week its food-for-work program that would benefit some 6,000 families displaced by the September 2013 siege in… »

MNLF leaders ask Obama for help

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 April) – While anti-US protesters are marching on the streets of Mendiola in Manila, regional leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are welcoming… »

Paging Obama

Moro National Liberation Front leaders from various state committees call on United States President Barack Obama to “intervene on the Bangsamoro problem” during a gathering 28 April 2014 at the… »

Zambo health official denies prostitution in evacuation centers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 April) – A health official here has denied reports of prostitution and brothel operations inside an evacuation center, particularly at the Mayor Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Complex. Dr.… »

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… »

COMMENT: Impact Overrated (2)

II. Personal Testimony GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 14, 2014 – In the first part of this article, we cited some data from a paper at the University of the Philippines,… »

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