Peace Process

Peace Process

Draft BBL as “urgent bill”: only nine session days left before recess

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) -- The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will finally be certified by the President as an "urgent" bill...

Duterte to certify draft BBL as urgent

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify the new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella...

MILF rebels demand return of handgun seized by police in Maguindanao

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 April) – About 50 guerrillas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by Datu Solaiman Dimatuntay arrived at the local police station...

Duterte will certify for urgent passage only one draft Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will call all Moro revolutionary leaders to a meeting to come up with a...

Duterte renews conditions as GRP-NDF peace panels begin 4th round in The Netherlands

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 03 April) -- As government casualties mount, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday renewed his conditions for the peace...
MURAD MEETS PRESS. MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim faces a press conference at the MILF headquarters in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on Saturday, October 27. MindaNews photo by Ruby Thursday More

MILF chair seeks help from all international NGOs, communities

DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao  (MindaNews/30 October) -- Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim urged all international non-government organizations (NGO) and...

Biz group urges joint gov’t, MILF action against BIFF

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/07 August) — A business group in Mindanao on Tuesday urged the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) Front to jointly...

PNoy says signs augur well for GPH-MILF peace talks but …

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 July) --  It merited  a paragraph in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), a slight improvement from last year’s complete...

ARMM polls to proceed as scheduled; GPH, MILF now inching “closer to the...

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (MindaNews/18 July) –  The Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front  peace panels ended their three-day talks here Wednesday with  a...

Tengku on GPH, MILF: “same page now, but different paragraphs”

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (MindaNews/18 July) –  “On the same page now, but different paragraphs.” This was how Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed...

Murad: MILF has ok’d three-year transition period instead of six

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 July) –  From independence to autonomy, from six years to three years. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has...

Moro leaders bid for ‘higher unity’ as breakthrough in GPH-MILF talks seen

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 July) --  Bangsamoro leaders bid for greater unity over the weekend through a three-day dialogue facilitated by the Moro Islamic...

A tortuous path to peace: MILF to hold Bangsamoro assembly this weekend

THE LONG road to peace takes a short detour to Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, this weekend as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) holds what it calls the “Bangsamoro General Assembly” at its center of gravity in Central Mindanao.

OIC execs to join MILF meeting

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is all set to host an important gathering in line with the bid...

GPH, MILF: status quo unacceptable; will work for new political entity to replace ARMM

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/24 April) – Declaring that the “status quo is unacceptable,” the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels today agreed...

Fr. Mercado to GPH peace panel: Abandon the “3 for 1” formula

 COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) --  The executive director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG)  here wants the government peace panel  (GPH) to...

OIC to sit as observer in GPH-MILF peace talks

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) -- The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front  (MILF)  ended their three-day peace negotiations Wednesday with no significant...

GHP to MILF: It’s still the ARMM

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/19 March) –  The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resumed peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur Monday morning, 12...

Where have all the young men and women gone, 44 years after the Jabidah...

Last of two parts DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19March) – By early 2001, the Aquino administration set out to have the August 8, 2011 elections...

GPH, MILF resume peace talks in KL 12 days before end of 1st...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 March) –  The Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels resume negotiations Monday in Kuala Lumpur,...

Where have all the young men and women gone, 44 years after the Jabidah...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 March) -- Where have all the young men and women gone, 44 years after the Jabidah Massacre sparked a revolution to liberate the Bangsamoro Homeland?

GPH, MILF panels to meet again in March

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/15 February) – The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels have agreed to invite two consultants each when...

A Valentine’s Day surprise for the MILF from the women in the GPH peace...

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/15 February)  --  Only women could have thought of what could be a first, worldwide, in contemporary peace-making history: a Valentine’s gift...

MILF: “We want to finish this process as soon as possible”

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/10 January) -- The two panels are on the same page: government peace panel chair Marvic Leonen wants a peace agreement with...

GPH names 2 new peace panel members

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/9 January) – The government peace panel has named two of its consultants in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front...

The women in the GPH-MILF peace talks

KUALA  LUMPUR (MindaNews/11 December) – First there was only one: Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, University of the Philippines professor of political science,  the lone woman...

GPH, MILF peace panels end three-day talks; will return to KL in January

KUALA LUMPUR  (MindaNews/07 December) – The Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels will return here next month after meeting with their...

New peace formula emerging in GPH-MILF talks

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/06 December) – There is no mention of “three for one” or “Bangsamoro substate”  in the ongoing three-day peace talks between the...

MNLF, MILF meet in Jeddah as GPH, MILF meet in KL

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/06 December)  -- While the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are meeting here,  representatives of the Moro...

IMT and GPH, MILF ceasefire committees meet to set date for Al-barka probe

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 November) --  The ceasefire committees of the government peace panel (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are meeting with...

GPH, MILF peace panels agree to “move forward on substantive agenda”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 Nov) – The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels agreed in Kuala Lumpur today (Thursday) to...

Run for peace, Caravan for peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Oct) --  The methods differ but the calls remain the same: No to all-out war, Yes to Peace. “Running priest” Fr. Robert...

No pursuit operations against MILF in Basilan; AFP files complaint with CCCH

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 October) --  The military is not undertaking pursuit operations against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Basilan but has filed...

EU urges gov’t, MILF to observe stronger ceasefire coordination

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/25 October) — The European Union Delegation to the Philippines has urged the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to...

It’s final: Kato is out of MILF

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/03 October)—The central committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has approved a resolution formally expelling breakaway leader Ameril Umra Kato...

Talking peace with gov’t feels like having jitters during flight – Iqbal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 September) – Talking peace with the Philippine government is like flying a plane where one may experience jitters despite having done...

Civil society to GPH, MILF peace panels: use both drafts to develop working draft

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 September) – Civil society in Mindanao is asking the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels to develop a...

Gov’t has ‘fragmented approach’ to talks with MILF – Rodil

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/13 Sept) – The problem with how the government deals with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is its “fragmented...
SIGNS OF THE TIMES. Supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's struggle for self-determination express their sentiments on the government's proposal through messages pasted on walls along some streets in Cotabato City. MIndaNews photo by Toto Lozano

The Bangsamoro Dream (4): What’s wrong with the ARMM structure?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – “Learn lessons from our mistakes,” Parouk Hussin, the Foreign Affairs chief of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who became the second and last MNLF official who served as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said five years ago when asked what advice he would give the Moro Islamic Liberation Front which was then nearing an impasse in the peace negotiations.

The Bangsamoro Dream (3): 21 years of ARMM, 32 years of autonomy experimentation

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 September) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is 21 years old but the“autonomous region” set-up or “experiment” as many refer to it, including Malacanang, the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, has been existing for the last 32 years, spanning six administrations..

The Bangsamoro Dream (2): “Guberno a sarwang” (alien government)

nd of a series COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 September) –  The supposed grant of autonomy by the first Aquino administration to what would be the Autonomous...

The Bangsamoro Dream (1): Why offer a “failed experiment” as platform for peace?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 September) – When President Benigno Simeon Aquino III met with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Japan on August 4 to talk peace, he did what his mother did 25 years ago: meet with rebel leader Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in his homeland in Sulu, to talk peace. Aquino the son would have wanted to meet with Murad anywhere, even in his camp in Darapanan, Maguindanao.

Peace groups, church leaders to meet on GPH-MILF talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — Local and international peace organizations and church leaders are organizing a two-day conference that will attempt to help find...

MILF chair to GPH: “let us be partners, not adversaries in solving contentious issues”

DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 September) –   Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim says contentious and divisive issues it the peace...

Respect past agreements, MILF urges gov’t

CAMP DARAPANAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 September) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has called on government to respect the agreements reached by both parties in...

Palace says Malaysian mediator arriving; remains upbeat on talks with MILF

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 September) -- The Aquino government has expressed optimism the expected arrival of a Malaysian mediator will help resolve issues besetting the...

MILF to Zamboanga City officials: Let Moros decide their destiny

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 September) – The Moros living in this city should be given a free hand in deciding their destiny, Khaled Musa, deputy...

GPH to MILF: proposal to MILF is “minimum;” entire draft can be changed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/2 September 2011) – The government’s proposed peace settlement submitted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on August 22 is “our opening...
BRIDGE Members of the International Contact Group (from left), Keizo Takewaka, political minister of the Japanese Embassy in Manila (partly covered); David Gorman of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; Emma Leslie of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Cambodia who represents Conciliation Resources; Dr. Steven Rood of The Asia Foundation and Chris Wright, political officer of the United Kingdom’s Embassy in Manila. They shuttled between the government and MILF peace panels and got them to return to the negotiating table after the 11:45 a.m. adjournment at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, to clarify their respective statements. MindaNews photo by Carolyn O. Arguillas

GPH-MILF talks: how the Int’l Contact Group helped save the day for the...

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/24 August)  --  “What is this? A walk-out?” “No, there is no walk-out,”  Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, a member of the government peace panel...

GPH, MILF adjourn peace talks; MILF to consult Central Committee over GPH proposal

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/23 August) – The  Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  adjourned their peace negotiations at 11:45 a.m. today, a...

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