Category Archives: Bangsamoro Basic Law

28 legislators to craft final Bangsamoro law: 14 from Mindanao, 7 of them Moro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 June) — Twenty-eight legislators will form the Bicameral Conference Committee that will craft the final version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), half of them from Mindanao, among them seven Moro representatives. The Bicameral Conference Committee is tasked to reconcile the versions passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday […]

Suara Bangsamoro: “The BBL version passed by Congress is not going to answer the Moro problem”

          [Statement of the Suara Bangsamoro (Voice of the Bangsamoro) on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law] This newly-passed BBL does not inspire hope in our hearts that we of the Bangsamoro will receive justice to set right all the injustices committed against our people. There can be no trust […]

SPONSORSHIP SPEECH: “The epitome of real autonomy in this country”

(Sponsorship speech ofDeputy Speaker for Mindanao Bai Sandra Sinsuat A. Sema of the Basic Law for the Autonomous Region of the Bangsamoro on May 29, 2018 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City)  Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Colleagues, I stand before you today not only as the voice of my people – […]

BBL passage is a commitment of the government: Iqbal

By: UNYPAD ComTeam COTABATO CITY/ May 5, 2018 – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel Chairman and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) member Mohagher Iqbal reiterated that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is a commitment of the Government of the Philippine (GPH). Speaking as resource person during the a forum entitled…

NGOs, BTC organized forum on Bangsamoro peace process with ARMM employees

By: Amani M. Musa COTABATO CITY/May 4, 2018 – The Forum ZFD and Kutawato Multimedia Network (KuMuNet) in partnership with Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) organized a forum titled “Bangsamoro Peace Process with ARMM Employees” geared to educate the participants on the transition phase of the ARMM regional government…

MILF: Brace for ‘tough challenges’ in BBL deliberations in Congress

By: Karlos Manlupig – Correspondent / @kmanlupigINQ Inquirer Mindanao / 10:02 PM April 19, 2018 DAVAO CITY – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Murad Ebrahim urged the public to anticipate “tough challenges ahead” when Congress starts deliberating on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Murad said in a statement on Thursday that a stronger…

Bangsamoro law passed by May 2018, Congress leaders assure Duterte, MILF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 April) — Leaders of the two houses of Congress on Wednesday afternoon assured President Rodrigo Duterte and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be passed by May 2018. The President met with the MILF, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, […]

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PEACETALK: Tuloy ang kuwento ng Moro. Tara na’t isulat natin ito

(Speech of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman during the opening program of the year-long 29th anniversary celebration of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, 26 March 2018) Noong Nobyembre 1989, matapos ang pagsang-ayon ng mga mamamayan gawa ng isang plebisito, itinatag ang Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Ang layunin nito: kilalanin ang ating kasaysayan, bigyang-diwa ang […]

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CRUCIBLE: BBL – Entangled Anew? (1)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 02 March) – (First part of a paper presented during the Center for People Empowerment and Governance’s (CENPEG) Forum on “Key Issues on Federalism: A Policy Action Conference” held at the Center for Integrative Development Studies, University of the Philippines on 07 February 2018. Part of this paper was also presented […]

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Moro CSO leaders acknowledge possibility of  ‘watered down’ BBL but…

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 22 Feb) — Leaders of Bangsamoro civil society organizations acknowledge the possibility of a “watered down” version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but hope the law that Congress assured will be passed later this month is “still acceptable” or they will oppose its ratification. “I think people are saying it’s […]

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PEACETALK: We cannot leave peace work only to those in the negotiating tables, the peace panels or the legislators

(Keynote Speech delievered at the 47th Membership Meeting of the Philippine Business for Social Progress on January 23, 2018 in Makati City) I always find it difficult, whenever I am asked to speak of Mindanao, particularly Muslim Mindanao. Eloquence and articulation are not enough to describe the place, the people, the situation. One needs to […]

PEACETALK: We cannot leave peace work only to those in the negotiating tables, the peace panels or the legislators

(Keynote Speech delievered at the 47th Membership Meeting of the Philippine Business for Social Progress on January 23, 2018 in Makati City) I always find it difficult, whenever I am asked to speak of Mindanao, particularly Muslim Mindanao. Eloquence and articulation are not enough to describe the place, the people, the situation. One needs to […]

Senators commit to passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law

By Gaea Katreena Cabico (philstar.com) | Updated December 20, 2017 – 1:25pm MANILA, Philippines — Some senators have voiced support for passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law at a public hearing on the proposed law Wednesday. Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senate sub-committee on BBL chair, promised that the measure will be ready for plenary debate by March 2018. “Marathon hearings” will be…

Peace Advocates, other stakeholders wary of renewed war if Congress fails to pass an acceptable BBL

By Al Iskandar December 10, 2017 The Committees on Local Government, Muslim Affairs, Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity has started deliberating the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with lawmakers agreeing to merge the three (3) versions of Bangsamoro Law filed by three representatives. The BBL crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) was authored by Speakers…

PEACETALK: We push for the enactment of the Basic Law because we firmly believe, it is the right thing to do

(Welcome address of Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front at the Bangsamoro Assembly on November 27, 2017 at the old Capitol building, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao) President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps; Government Officials; Distinguished Guests; Fellow Mujahideens; Representatives from various sectors; Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. […]

MILF to be transformed into NGO once Bangsamoro Basic Law passed

By: Mick Basa November 28, 2017 MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) plans to transform itself into a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on social services once the Bangsamoro government is in place. MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim revealed the plan when asked about the future of the group once the peace agreement…

UNYPAD-NCR chapter participates on Bangsamoro and Beyond: A National Conversation forum

By: UNYPAD ComTeam MAKATI CITY, Philippines/October 7 – The National Capital Region (NCR) chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) has participated in the Bangsamoro and Beyond: A National Conversation organized by ANC in partnership with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) held at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN Network, Quezon…