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Peace Process

Dimaporo bill: extend Bangsamoro transition period until 2028 to ensure success of normalization process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 December) –  Lanao del Norte Rep. Khalid Dimaporo has filed the fourth bill proposing an extension of the transition...

TPMT: Bangsamoro peace pact implementation “fundamentally on track” but some elements “require more time...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 December) –  An independent body monitoring the implementation of the peace agreement between the Philippine government (GPH) and the...

Only 45 session days left to act on bills to extend Bangsamoro transition to...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 December) --  Two bills have been filed in the House of Representatives seeking to extend the transition period in...

Galvez: Duterte for extension of Bangsamoro transition; Hataman proposes review and roadmap

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 November) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is asking Congress to extend the transition period of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in...

Theme of Mindanao Week of Peace amid pandemic: “Dialogue Towards Harmony”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 November) – “Dialogue Towards Harmony” is the theme of this year’s Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP), the 22nd of the annual...

ANGAY-ANGAY LANG: Kalinaw Mindanaw: The Story of the GRP-MNLF Peace Process, 1975-1996 (1)

1st  of 18 parts (This is a revised version of the book “KALINAW MINDANAW: The Story of the GRP-MNLF Peace Process, 1975-1996” published in 2000) This...

Mid-term review recommends extension of Bangsamoro transition until June 2025

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 October) – A mid-term review of the three-year transition in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) listed...

ANGAY-ANGAY LANG: (2) Pamalandong sa Peace Negotation GPH-MNLF, 1975-1987

Last of two parts Sensitive Issues in the Negotiations Focus on three aspects: the problem of territory, for whom is autonomy, and why autonomy? Territory. At the...

ANGAY-ANGAY LANG: (1) Pamalandong sa Peace Negotation GPH-MNLF, 1975-1987

1st of two parts  ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 04 October) -- This was written in 1992, viewed from the government side. Now, this is a...

BANGSAMORO SPEAKS: Balance compassion and discipline and at the same, uphold the rule of law

(Privilege speech delivered by MP Mohagher Iqbal, Minister of Basic, Higher and Technical Education of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao during the...

Bangsamoro Parliament has yet to act on resolution expressing “grave concern” over proposed Anti-Terrorism...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) –  The interim Bangsamoro Parliament has yet to act on a proposed resolution expressing “grave concern” over the...

Cotabato City seeks exclusion from BARMM until June 30, 2022

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 February) – A year after it voted ‘yes’ to inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),...

Senate asks BTA to name reps to Congress-Bangsamoro Parliament Forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – The Philippine Senate has asked the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim...

Ceasefire holding; Sison says he is ready to meet Duterte in Hanoi  

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 04 January) --  Despite a shaky start, the 16-day holiday truce between the Philippine government appears to be...

Bangsamoro region sees influx of foreign investors in 2020

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) --- The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is expecting influx of foreign investors in 2020 to...

Galvez warns vs resuming peace talks at national level; says localized talks “highly effective”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 December) – Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez has urged everyone to “exercise caution” in resuming peace negotiations with the...

Misuari vows to help crush Abu Sayyaf

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 December) --- The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is counting on Moro National...

GRP, NDF panels recommend ceasefire from 23 Dec. 2019 to Jan. 7, 2020

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 December) – The government and National Democratic Front (NDF) peace panels in an agreement signed December 21 in Utrecht,...

Bello meets with NDF reps in Utrecht for Duterte’s “last card” for peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 December) – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, government peace panel chair in the negotiations with the National Democratic Front...

PhP 65.6-B budget for Bangsamoro 2020 approved; Education gets biggest chunk 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 November) – Exactly eight months to the day the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) was inaugurated, the Bangsamoro Parliament on...

NorthCot turns over 63 barangays to Bangsamoro region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 November) – Sixty-three villages in six North Cotabato towns that voted yes to inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region...

BARMM Cabinet reshuffled: Ebrahim to serve as Finance Minister

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 November) – Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim announced changes in the Cabinet of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region...

“Lessons Learned” book on the GRP-MNLF peace nego: a journey back to 1993-1996

JAKARTA (MindaNews / 25 September) – Twenty-three years after the Final Peace Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front was...

Murad: running a government is thrice more difficult than running a revolution

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 September) – Running a government is thrice more difficult than running a revolution, interim Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj...

MILF in transition: from armed group to social movement; from base commands to cooperatives

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 September) – As interim Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Ahod “Al Haj Murad”...

Mixed messages at decommissioning: put guns beyond use, give gun as token, will give...

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 10 September) – Saturday’s event at the gym of the old provincial capitol in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao,  was supposed...

Cardinal Quevedo on Pat Diaz: “Like Jesus, a man of peace, a man of...

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 08 Sept) – Journalist Patricio Ponce Diaz, described by Cardinal Orlando Quevedo as “peacemaker” and “editor and writer extraordinaire”...

MILF combatants and firearms decommissioned; Duterte accepts gun from MILF chair

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 08 September) — The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and interim Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous...

TESDA allots P275M to capacitate decommissioned MILF fighters

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 07 September) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has allotted P275 million to help transform former combatants of...

Decommissioning of MILF combatants, weapons begins; Duterte to witness rites

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 07 September) – Seven months after the organic law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was ratified...

Decommissioning of 12,000 MILF combatants starts Sept. 7

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 August) – The decommissioning of 12,000 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) armed wing will be from...

OPAPP to adopt “Human Fraternity” as “primordial document” for peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 August) – The Presidential Peace Adviser on Wednesday declared before an audience of Christian and Muslim religious leaders in...

DOF vows to help BARMM manage finances, budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /04 August) -- Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the creation of a technical working group (TWG) to help the...

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...

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