Peace Process

Peace Process

EO on normalization a big boost to Bangsamoro peace deal, MILF says

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is hoping President Duterte’s recent signing of Executive Order 79 for the...

BTA sessions resume nearly a month after inauguration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) – The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) resumes sessions on April 22, 23 and 24 in Cotabato City, nearly a month after its March 29 inauguration.

Gov’t insists on localized peace talks with Reds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – The government will pursue peace talks with communist rebels to end the 50-year old insurgency, but this time it...

Women in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority: only 16 of 98 but a powerhouse cast

“Ang araw na ito ay napakahalaga sa amin upang patuloy na maniwala na magtatagumpay tayo sa kapayapaan” (This day is very important to us so we can continue to believe peace will triumph),” she said.

The autonomy laws and representation, participation and protection of women in the Bangsamoro

Republic Act 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao n the Bangsamoro Republic Act 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao mandates representation of women in the Cabinet (“at least one”), in the Council of Elders “that shall advise the Chief Minister on matters of governance” and in “other decision-making and policy-determining bodies.”

“I hope that women can be the bridge between the Bangsamoro Parliament and the...

WOMEN IN THE BANGSAMORO “I hope that women can be the bridge between the Bangsamoro Parliament and the Grassroots” by Amalia Bandiola Cabuaso The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region...

BARMM Chief Minister to constituents: monitor performance of officials

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – Get involved. The interim Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autononomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) wants  residents to...

Duterte to BTA: Bangsamoro’s future “is now in your hands;”region awaits release of budget

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 March) – “Your region’s future is now in your hands,” President Rodrigo Duterte told members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the body that will govern the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) until June 30, 2022, during its inauguration Friday at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex here.

Bangsamoro Transition Authority elects officials; Balindong is Speaker

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 March) – A former Deputy Speaker for Mindanao in the House of Representatives, was elected Speaker of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) during the inaugural session Friday of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Women commanders speak: “How do you suppose the battle raged on for days and...

She is a daughter, sister, wife and mother. And for the past 42 years, she was a mujahidat with the rank of battalion commander in the Bangsamoro Islamic Women Auxiliary Brigade (BIWAB)

Namera Ambor: “I want to feel good governance, peace and development in the BARMM”

WOMEN IN THE BANGSAMORO Namera Ambor: “I want to feel good governance, peace and development in BARMM by Kristelle Alina Rizardo “Naniniwala ako sa kasabihan na walang taong...

EastMinCom to push for localized peace talks with Reds after Duterte scraps talks with...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 March) – After President Rodrigo Duterte had terminated the appointments of government peace negotiators holding talks with the National...

BARMM inauguration reset again; new date is March 29

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – From March 11 to March 21, to March 25, to March 29.

BARMM inauguration: new date is March 25

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 March) – From March 11 to March 21, the new date for the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the inaugural session of the Bangsamoro Parliament is on March 25.

Bangsamoro in transition: Don’t call them by their noms de guerre anymore

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 13 March) – Don’t call them by their noms de guerre anymore.

MILF’s Jaafar laid to rest; thousands flock to his home to express sympathy

PIGCALAGAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 13 March) -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 1st Vice Chair Ghazali Jaafar was laid to rest shotly before noon Wednesday under the shade of oil palms in his residential compound here.

MILF’s Ghazali Jaafar passes away; his last public appeal to fellow leaders: “be the...

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 13 March) – Ghazali Jaafar, 1st Vice Chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), newly-appointed member of the Bangsamoro...

Mahathir assures Malaysia’s continued help “in the development of Mindanao”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 March) – Noting the “vast economic potential” of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed to boost economic ties between Malaysia and the Philippines and assured President Rodrigo Duterte that Malaysia will “continue to be of help in the development of Mindanao.”

Tawi-Tawi CSO leader will accept her fate in the BTA but “give me the...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 March)   -- Rubbing more salt to injury.“My wish is simple: a direct explanation to me. Why did they have to announce that they will write to me and to others as well as see me. Then silence from their end,” said Tawi-Tawi professor and civil society leader Arlene Napoles-Sevilla who

Still no word from OPAPP on status of Tawi-tawi CSO leader who took oath...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 March) – Is she in or out? What, exactly, is the status of Arlene Napoles-Sevilla, a professor and civil society leader from Tawi-tawi who took her oath as member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) on February 22 but whose appointment paper was not among those released by the Office of the President on February 27?

Bangsamoro in transition: where is the appointment paper of CSO leader from Tawi-tawi who...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /27 February) -- Strange things are still happening in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

Murad vows a government “free of all the ills of governance;” names 10 ministers

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 26 February) – Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the 80-member body that will govern the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) until June 30, 2022, vowed on Tuesday a government that will “really be free of all the ills of governance,” and named the first set of Cabinet ministers during the turnover rites from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the BARMM at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex.

Bangsamoro in transition: so who took their oath as BTA members?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /24 February) -- Something awful happened on the way to the oathtaking ceremonies of the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) last Friday.

Duterte: “The road to peace may be long and rough, but I am glad that we have...

MALACANANG (MindaNews /23 February) -- A new chapter in Philippine history began on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Rizal Hall here with the leadership of the two Moro liberation fronts that waged half a century of armed struggle to assert their right to self-determination, and representatives from other sectors of Moro society and the minorities in the core territory of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)

At the BTA oathtaking, ‘Barong Bangsamoro’ symbolizes ‘Filipino by citizenship, Bangsamoro by identity’

MALACANANG (MindaNews / 23 February) – Men and women of the Bangsamoro in their colorful cultural attire and barong, stepped out of the elevators of the Manila Prince Hotel Friday noon, posed for souvenir photos – and selfies -- at the lobby while preparing for their date with history in Malacanang, the seat of power in the country.

Where will the 80-member BTA plus 25 holdovers hold sessions and offices?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) -- The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the 80-member body that will govern the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) during the three-year transition until June 30, 2022, will take their oath this week and will begin work as soon as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) turns over the region to the transition government on February 25. But where will the BTA hold sessions and offices?

Bangsamoro Transition Authority to take oath Feb. 20; ARMM to BARMM turnover on Feb....

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Feb) – The 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will take their oath of office on February 20 in Malacanang on the same day of the “ceremonial confirmation” of the canvass results of the January 21 and February 6 plebiscite on RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Duterte: Bangsamoro law is “one of the great developments that happened in this country”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 February) – Calling it “one of the great developments that happened in this country” in the last three years, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he is glad the ratification of RA11054 or the Organic Act for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao “succeeded,” asked those who took up arms to bury them and urged everyone to “join us in government.”

PH, JICA to sign loan agreement for road projects in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – The Philippine government is set to sign a loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)...

Bangsamoro is ARMM + Cotabato City + 63 villages in North Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 February) – Five provinces, three cities, 116 towns, and 63 barangays out of Mindanao’s 27 provinces, 33 cities, 422 towns and 10,084 barangays.

Japan’s Foreign Minister meets Domingez, Murad; reiterates support for BARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 February) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met here with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and later with Moro Islamic...

Pikit’s fate: 20 barangays remain with North Cotabato, 22 joining BARMM

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 08 February) -- Among the seven towns in North Cotabato where residents voted Wednesday on the proposed inclusion of...

In Pikit’s war zones, voters say “yes” to Bangsamoro means “no more war, no...

BULIOK, Pikit, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 08 Feb) – Two-month old Myrhana Mangaguil was in deep slumber on the lap of her aunt, Hamira...

674,343 voters in Lanao Norte, North Cot decide on BARMM inclusion on Feb 6

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 05 February) – A total of 674,343 registered voters in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato will troop to...

MILF and MNLF in Lanao Norte: “Let Christians and Muslims vote, free of threats...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 February) – “Let the Christians and Muslims in Lanao del Norte vote on the Bangsamoro organic law free of threats...

Nene Pimentel: “Keep on with our collective effort to establish a lasting peace”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 February) – Given the challenges brought about by the recent bombings of Jolo’s cathedral and a mosque in Barangay...

Appointments to Bangsamoro transition body out after Feb. 6 plebiscite

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 February) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will name the 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) after the February...

Lumads in core territory want Bangsamoro Transition Authority set up ASAP

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 February) – In the wake of Sunday’s bombing of a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, the Mindanao Indigenous People’s Legislative...

Bangsamoro law ratified; how soon can transition from ARMM to BARMM begin?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 January) -- Exactly four years after the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano Tragedy in Maguindanao that left 66 persons dead and effectively killed the chance to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Commission on Elections on January 25, 2019 proclaimed that RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has been ratified by majority of the people in the proposed core territory

MILF to initially decommission1,800 to 2,100 weapons; 9K to 12K forces

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 January) – With the plebiscite results showing the certainty of ratification of RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the decommissioning of the weapons and combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) is also a certainty: immediately after ratification, it has to decommission 30% of its weapons and forces.

For now, BARMM is ARMM plus Cotabato City as 1.6M vote ‘yes,’ 246,185 vote...

DAVAO CITY (MIndaNews / 24 January) -- Although still unofficial until the proclamation by the National Board of Canvassers, final results of the January 21 plebiscite in the five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the cities of Cotabato and Isabela show RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has been ratified by an overwhelming majority in its proposed core territory: 1.6 million “yes” and 246,185 “no.”

Comelec: “clerical error” won’t affect vote results in Cotabato City; Mayor to file protest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 January) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said the discrepancies in statistical data indicated in the Certificate of Canvass (COC) on the number of registered voters and the number of those who actually voted in Cotabato City in the January 21 plebiscite were a “clerical error” that can be raised and corrected during the national canvass in Manila “without affecting the outcome of the plebiscite.” But Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said they will file a protest before the Comelec citing irregularities and threats. She told MindaNews Wednesday morning that the results “did not reflect the true will of the people of Cotabato.”

Cotabato City votes ‘yes’ to inclusion in Bangsamoro autonomous region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 22 January) -- At around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, chants of “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” reverberated in different parts in...

Fear and the fight for Cotabato City’s 113,751 votes: empty streets, closed shops

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 21 January) -- Outside the Cotabato City Central Pilot School along Sinsuat Avenue on Monday, the roll-up doors of stalls on...

From bullets to ballots: MILF chair Murad votes in school where he learned to...

COTABATO CITY  (MindaNews / 20 January) – On Monday, January 21, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will...

Peace Adviser appeals for sobriety following grenade blast in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 January ) – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process has appealed for sobriety following the grenade explosion at the...

Bangsamoro plebiscite: will the BARMM be more than ARMM in territorial scope?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 January) – A total of 2,165,316 registered voters in the five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the cities of Cotabato and Isabela will troop to the polls on Monday, January 21, while at least 600,000 voters in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato will vote on February 6 to finally determine the territorial jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the new autonomous political entity that will replace the 28-year old ARMM.

Cardinal Quevedo optimistic it will be a ‘Yes’ to Bangsamoro

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 20 January) -- As Christians and Muslims ate together at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño parish compound here on Sunday, retired Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Mindanao’s first and only cardinal, fearlessly predicted that the “yes” votes will rule the plebiscite to ratify on Monday  Republic Act 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, also called the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), on Monday.

Transparency

As part of transparency efforts in the run-up to the January 21, 2019 plebiscite for the ratification of RA 11054 or the Organic Law...

Galvez: Ratify Bangsamoro law for a ‘brighter’ Mindanao

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 19 January) -- A “bright new leaf awaits” Mindanao if RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro...

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