Monthly Archives: July 2018

MindDA exec says House shakeup won’t affect major projects in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 31 July) – The recent change of leadership in the House of Representatives will not hamper the implementation of big-ticket projects in Mindanao, an official said on Tuesday. “It’s just a change of leadership and so far as commitment to transforming Mindanao and making sure these projects are implemented, it remains there […]

Prices of durian not expected to go below P40

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 31 July) – Locals and visitors might not enjoy cheaper durian during the 33rd Kadayawan Festival in August as the demand for the “king of fruit” has increased both in the domestic and international markets, an executive of the Davao Durian Council said on Monday. Council president Candelario Miculob told Kapehan sa […]

UPDATE: Car bomb kills 11 in Basilan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 31 July) – A car laden with a powerful bomb exploded at a military checkpoint in Basilan province in the southern Philippines Tuesday morning, killing at least 11 persons, including five government troops, officials said. The deadly blast came less than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, […]

10 killed in van explosion in Basilan

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/31 July) – Ten persons were killed when a bomb exploded inside a van around 5:45 am at an Army checkpoint in Barangay Colonia, Lamitan City in Basilan province. In a text message, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman said the van driver was among the fatalities. He said Army soldiers […]

Fierce Urgency of Then & Now

I wrote this piece – The Fierce Urgency of NOW – on Feb. 21, 2008.  Yet ten years later, while a lot of things changed, a lot remained the same. In fact, things have gotten worse, both in the US and in the Philippines. For a while, the people of the US and the Philippines… Read More Fierce Urgency of Then & Now

Towns to vote on inclusion of their barangays in Bangsamoro

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – Barangays outside of the core territory of the Bangsamoro that are proposed for inclusion in the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will become part of the new political entity if the municipalities to which they now belong will vote in favor of the law creating such […]

Mindanawons bag awards in 8th Global SPEAK Tilt

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/ 30 July)— Eight students from Zamboanga City bagged awards in the 8th Global SPEAK Competition held in Singapore. The winning graders from Mindanao are:  Alessandro Chan and Syd Spencer Teo, bronze medals in the English category; Yuanyuan Shi, gold medal; Audrey Janelle Chua, silver medal; Andrea Torres, Margaelli Vernice Lim, and Lynette […]

Awaiting Demobilization

Young MILF fighters join the Consultative Assembly on the Bangsamoro Organic Law in Camp Darapanan in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on July 29, 2018. The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro provides for the full disarmament and demobilization of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces after the full implementation of the peace deal. MindaNews photo by H. […]

Murad: meeting people’s expectations is the biggest challenge

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 30 July) –  Meeting the Moro people’s expectations is the biggest challenge once the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) is ratified and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front becomes part of government, MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said during the Consultative Assembly on […]

Moro people urged to register to ensure ratification of Bangsamoro law

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 July) —  Moro people of voting age should register with the Commission on Elections to boost the chances of  ratification of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao during the plebiscite, Engr. Aida Soliwan of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s social welfare committee […]

Bangsamoro flaglets

Supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) wave Bangsamoro flaglets during the Bangsamoro Consultative Assembly on the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao inside Camp Darapanan in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Magu…

Bangsamoro law

Ghazali Jaafar (center), 1st vice chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), also chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that drafted the Bangsamoro law, hands a copy of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  to MILF  Chair  Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (left) as MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher […]

5 alleged NPA members from Bukidnon surrender in Cordillera; now back in Bukidnon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) — Five alleged members of the New People’s Army from Bukidnon — aged 17 to 19 — who had earlier surrendered in Abra, Cordillera Administrative Region have been enrolled as beneficiaries of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) in their home province. A press release issued on […]

Signed Bangsamoro law defective; Duterte has to sign anew

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) —  The signing of RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) is defective but corrective measures can be undertaken, including making President Rodrigo Duterte sign it again, former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel and law professor Antonio La Viña said. Duterte, who […]

Checkpoint congestion

Motorcycle riders await their turn to pass a military checkpoint in Midsayap, North Cotabato on July 28, 2018. Most of them are traveling to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Camp Darapanan in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao for the MILF-hosted consultation on the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on July […]

Bangsamoro law signed July 27, exactly 10 years after MOA-AD was initialed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) — Signed Friday, July 27, not Thursday or earlier than Thursday. Malacanang released late Friday afternoon  copy of RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) that President Rodrigo Duterte claimed in two speeches on Thursday, that he had already signed. The […]

Republic Act 11054: Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Republic Act No. 11054 is an Act providing for the the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, repealing for the purpose Republic Act No. 6734, entitled “An Act Providing for an Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” as amended by Republic Act No. 9054, entitled, “An Act to Strengthen and Expand the…

Did President Duterte sign the Bangsamoro law? And what is this other autonomy?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) — Did he or did he not sign the Bangsamoro law? And what is this other autonomy that President  Rodrigo Duterte was talking about? Did President Rodrigo Duterte sign into law the proposed Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) as he claimed he had […]

PENRO steps up protection measures for dolphins in Sarangani Bay

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) – Environment personnel have stepped up their monitoring and enforcement activities in parts of Sarangani Bay to protect its thriving dolphin population and other fish species. Kristopher Benzonan, technical staff of the Sarangani Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said they have set regular monitoring activities in portions […]

GenSan allots P400M for traffic lights, CCTV cams

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) – The city government has allocated around P400 million for the installation of a synchronized traffic signaling and city-wide closed-circuit television or CCTV camera systems. Dr. Agripino Dacera Jr., head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said they have started the initial procurement process for […]

Cop wounded in DavOr attack

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) – A policeman was wounded in an attack by suspected New People’s Army rebels around 4 pm Thursday in Tarragona, Davao Oriental. Police Regional Office 11 spokesperson Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz on Friday identified the wounded policeman as PO1 Johnny Morales. Driz said Morales was with Chief Insp. Marcelito and PO1 George […]