Peace Process

Peace Process

Leonen:“I would rather that the proposals be different: honestly different”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/22 August) –  The government’s proposed peace settlement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is still a “work in progress” and ...

The GPH and MILF peace panels’ proposals: their 11-point summaries

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (MindaNews/22 August) –  The Philippine government submitted its  peace proposal to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Monday morning, 18 days...

GPH panel submits “3 for one solution” proposal to MILF peace panel

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/22 August) – “Three for one.” That ‘s how government peace panel chair Dean Marvic Leonen described the government’s peace proposal submitted to...

MILF declares Kato “bughaat;” says Kato has “formally split from MILF”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/22 August) – The Central Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has declared  Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato and his followers...

Pres. Aquino meets with MILF chair Murad

GENERAL SANTOS  CITY (MindaNews/05 August)  --  Now the silence can be explained. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al...

3 years after the MOA-AD, silence on the GPH-MILF peace front

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 August) –  Three years after the aborted signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain  (MOA-AD),   secrecy continues to shroud...

MILF to GPH: suspend oil/gas explo of foreign firms in Bangsamoro areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)’s Central Committee today urged government to “temporarily suspend the operations of foreign companies...

Gov’t peace panel defers submission of counter-proposal to MILF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) – The government peace panel has deferred submission of its peace settlement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). No explanation...

Lumads, CSOs agree in principle with proposed MILF peace pact

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) – After two days of consultations Sunday and Monday with the peace panel of the Moro Islamic Liberation...

MILF peace panel meets with Iligan officials

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/12 June) -- In the first foray of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel in the city that vehemently opposed...

Ret. Chief Justice Puno: Mindanao peace should be in charter change agenda

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (MindaNews/15 June) -- The elusive peace in the land of promise, Mindanao should be on top of the charter change...

Makati Business Club urges gov’t, MILF to hasten final peace pact

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/14 May) -- A major business group in the country asked on Friday the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)...

Punongbayan for “more autonomous Muslim Mindanao” but wants clearer view of Bangsamoro sub-state

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) – A senior Makati-based business executive said Friday’s forum with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel gave him...

Paterno: Involve biz sector in GPH-MILF peace process

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/07 May) --  The national business sector should be involved in the ongoing peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic...

GPH, MILF peace panels to meet again June 27 to 28

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/28 April) – The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels signed a joint statement at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, agreeing to meet again on June 27 to 28 for the presentation of the government’s draft peace settlement.

Day One of GPH-MILF peace talks ends on high note; Day 2 sessions...

KUALA LUMPUR  (MindaNews/28 April) –  The smiles on the faces of  the peace negotiators and members of the International Contact Group  as  they came...

Iqbal maintains Kato problem is”internal to the MILF”

KUALA Lumpur  (MindaNews/27 April) --  “The Kato problem is internal to the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front). Leave this problem to us,” MILF peace...

GPH-MILF talks has new facilitator

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/27 April) -- The peace talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has a new facilitator. Tengku...

Peace groups hold rallies in support to GPH-MILF talks

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 April) -- Thousands of peace advocates from different areas of southern Mindanao held rallies today in support of the peace talks...

Bravo asks Kato to return to BIAF

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/25 April) – Abdurahman Macapaar also known as Commander Bravo, one of the three Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) field commanders declared...

Q and A with Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato (3): “We have only one...

Last of three parts SOMEWHERE IN MAGUINDANAO (MindaNews/21 April) --  Since he set up the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF),  Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato said...

Q and A with Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato (2): “I am against...

He said the two parties agreed to a ceasefire but excluded him and commanders Bravo of Lanao del Norte and Pangalian of Sarangani from the coverage. He said the MILF should not have agreed to exclude them because “kung gamitin natin ang utak natin, dapat ako kasama sa ceasefire… kasi kami nakipag-gyera… But instead of including us, they considered me lawless. What does that mean? Foolish. Foolish. Kalokohan.”

Q and A with Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato (1): “Saan ako lawless?”

SOMEWHERE IN MAGUINDANAO (MindaNews/19 April) -- He arrived on horseback an hour and twenty minutes after our arrival at the meeting venue last Saturday, the bespectacled lone rider followed by a band of about 20 armed men hiking down the mountain.

GPH-MILF skirmishes in 2011: zero

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/15 April) –  There are no recorded skirmishes between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) from January 1...

Gov’t vows no repeat of MOA-AD problem; panel to present its draft peace proposal...

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – The government peace panel will present the draft of its proposed peace settlement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front...

Gov’t peace panel to consult govs, mayors of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat re MILF...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) -- The government peace panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will begin its “first leg of consultations...

Gov’t panel to consult LGUs on peace process with MILF

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews/02 April) – Starting mid-April, the government peace panel will begin its consultations with local government officials in Mindanao on the peace...

MILF peace panel holds five consultations in Mindanao; GPH peace panel, zero

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) – While the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel has held five consultations with non-Moro sectors on their proposed...

GPH-MILF talks moved to April

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – The second exploratory talks under the nine-month old Aquino administration  between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines...

Indonesia wants to join Mindanao foreign truce monitors

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/12 March) -- Indonesia wants to join the International Monitoring Team (IMT) mandated to monitor the ceasefire agreement between the government and...

MILF holds third consultation with non-Moro groups on draft peace pact

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel will meet with leaders of non-Moro civil society from the Lanao...

Tension on the ground eases as Gov’t, MILF resume talks

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews)—A military official with operational control over Lanao del Norte province heaved a sigh of relief as peace talks with the Government...

Leonen: MILF’s revised draft agreement is “not a document seeking independence”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s revised draft comprehensive pact containing its proposed political settlement is “not a document seeking independence or secession from the Republic of the Philippines,” government peace panel chair Marvic Leonen said.

Leonen: “for now we will hold MILF to their representations re Kato “

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) –  The government peace panel  will hold the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to their representations that  Ustadz Ameril Umbra...

GPH, MILF renew mandate of IMT, AHJAG; optimistic re political settlement in a year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) --   Both panels expressed optimism one year is a reasonable period “to come to a fundamental agreement on a politically...

MILF to ask gov't to declare “for the record” that GPH is GRP

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January) – From GRP-MILF to GPH-MILF. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will ask the government peace panel in the formal exploratory...

GPH, MILF agree to hold “formal" exploratory talks on Feb. 9 and 10

UPDATED DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 January) – The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed in a day-long “informal” exploratory...

LET THE TALKS BEGIN: Let the panels meet

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) -- The prospects for a  negotiated peace settlement looked more promising for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) than for...

No explo talks with MILF in December; Gov’t hopes for January talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 December) --  The government peace panel chair in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  on December 5 expressed...

Malaysian ambassador on GRP-MILF talks: "don’t worry"

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 December) -  December 14 , the last of the "possible dates"  for exploratory talks  proposed by government peace panel chair Marvic...

ARMM vows to support resumption of GRP-MILF talks

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 December) - The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is supporting moves for the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine...

Gov’t seeks exploratory talks with MILF on or before December 14

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December) -   The chair of the government peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has invited...

Land feud sparks clash in Pikit

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/05 December) - A land dispute has led to an armed clash between members of the Civilian Volunteers Organization and suspected Moro...

MILF: IMT can stay ’til Feb. 28; Peace groups say panels should meet now

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December) -  The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has announced it will "interpose no objection" to the Philippine government's request for...

Gov’t asks IMT to stay beyond Dec. 9; MILF says reckon one year from...

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/02 December) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs  has requested country-members of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) to extend the tour of...

NDF-Mindanao on peace talks with NDF, MILF: do not delay

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 November) -- The National Democratic Front (NDF) in Mindanao urged peace advocates in the island to convince the Aquino government not...

EU envoy rues Mindanao's bad publicity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 November)---European Union's top diplomat in the country bemoaned the portrayal of Mindanao as a "land of chaos" despite its economic...

Options to break impasse on facilitator issue proposed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) -  At least two options on how to break the impasse on the issue of  retaining or replacing Dato' Othman,...

MILF wants Malaysia to retain facilitator; GRP says find someone "acceptable to both"

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) Central Committee has formally requested Malaysian Prime Minister Najib to retain Datuk Othman...

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