President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 August) – The country’s 16th President and first Mindanawon to lead the nation will spend 10 days in Mindanao when he returns this week from Malacanang ...

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THE SMILING FOREHEAD : The Dureza Peace Formula for the Bangsamoro and its Implications in Sulu Archipelago

THE SMILING FOREHEAD : The Dureza Peace Formula for the Bangsamoro and its Implications in Sulu Archipelago

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 July) -- Change is Coming. This is President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise that brightens us up and redeems the homeland and raayat of Bangsa Suluk out of ...

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Nur still a fugitive but…

Nur still a fugitive but…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 July) -- The Duterte administration will officially deal with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari, presently a fugitive, onl ...

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Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The roadmap to peace under the Duterte administration will neither be “federalism first and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it is rejected,” nor “ba ...

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Bangsamoro arena: from Congress to ConCon

Bangsamoro arena: from Congress to ConCon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – The political arena for the Bangsamoro will now shift from the 17th Congress to the 2017 Constitutional Convention (ConCon) following President ...

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Federalism first; BBL if it fails

Federalism first; BBL if it fails

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) – Federalism first, Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it fails. This is the preview of the Bangsamoro peace roadmap that President Rodrigo Duterte ann ...

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Duterte: US intervention in MidEast invited terrorism in America

Duterte: US intervention in MidEast invited terrorism in America

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) -- US intervention in the Middle East countries invited terrorism in America, President Rodrigo Duterte told a crowd of Moro religious and political ...

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One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) late Frid ...

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Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their terrori ...

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Dureza vows to “continue with the gains and build on” Bangsamoro peace process

Dureza vows to “continue with the gains and build on” Bangsamoro peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – Returning Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza vowed in a statement sent to the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Fron ...

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Rodrigo Roa Duterte: 16th President, first Mindanawon to lead the country

Rodrigo Roa Duterte: 16th President, first Mindanawon to lead the country

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 May) – Although the results are still partial and unofficial, there is no doubt, and even his rivals have conceded, that with a lead of at least six mil ...

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THAT WE MAY REMEMBER:  A birthday cake that was not eaten; a town that has yet to rise from the ashes

THAT WE MAY REMEMBER: A birthday cake that was not eaten; a town that has yet to rise from the ashes

(This piece was first published in www.mindanews.com on 7 February 2004, the 30th anniversary of the burning of Jolo and reprinted in the February 2011 issue of OUR Mindanao newsm ...

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BIFF harassments, rido disrupt New Year celebration

BIFF harassments, rido disrupt New Year celebration

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) -- The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked three Army detachments in Maguindanao on New Year’s eve but no one was injured as ...

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Reunification Meet

Reunification Meet

After being upset by the peace process, leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) meet for a reunification and reconciliation e ...

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MILF, MNLF leaders move to reconcile, unify

MILF, MNLF leaders move to reconcile, unify

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 15 Dec) – Upset by the decades-long peace process and alleged unfulfilled promises by the government, leaders from the two factions of the ...

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Don’t blame Muslims on Davao bombing – MNLF

Don’t blame Muslims on Davao bombing – MNLF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – A leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) appealed not to put the blame on Muslims the bombing incident in Davao City Wednesday that ...

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A Gentle shaft of light shines on Kadtabanga through Shariah

A Gentle shaft of light shines on Kadtabanga through Shariah

  COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) - It’s not every day that one encounters a great woman Moro leader who not only commands respect and allegiance from her fellow leader ...

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Misuari subject to perpetual disqualification for not filing election fund statement

Misuari subject to perpetual disqualification for not filing election fund statement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 October) – Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) ...

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GPH, MNLF, OIC meet to set agenda for Tripartite Review

GPH, MNLF, OIC meet to set agenda for Tripartite Review

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) – Representatives from the Philippine government (GPH), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC ...

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PNoy to witness decommissioning of MILF firearms,  combatants

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 ...

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“The Tripoli Agreement was succeeding. We had peace” – Marcos

“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 Presiden ...

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

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 a ...

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

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 “Basic Law of ...

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

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 Law (AHCBBL) urge ...

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

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 ...

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

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 F ...

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

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 ...

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MNLF, MILF in OIC meet

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 Ran ...

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MNLF, ARMM legislators will be in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

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 ...

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

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 “lawmak ...

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

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 Law (BBL) approved ...

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

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 Ban ...

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

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 (B ...

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

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 ( ...

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OIC Sec-Gen meets with MNLF and MILF

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 o ...

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

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 Preside ...

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

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 vill ...

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

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 A ...

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

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!” ...

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Traitors in our midst

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. – We ...

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

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 a ...

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COMMENT: BBL: Test of Moro Unity

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 ...

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COMMENT: BBL: What in the Aftermath?

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 ...

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COMMENT: Misuari: Relevant, Necessary?

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 ...

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ADVOCACY MindaNOW: The Realities of Negotiating

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 taker ...

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COMMENT: FPA and BBL

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 i ...

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Dec. 17 is target date for passing Bangsamoro Basic Law   

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 Decemb ...

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

“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 t ...

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

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 (MNLF) o ...

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QUN FAYA QUN: Studying the Muslim Communities Post 911

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 question w ...

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