Category Archives: Bangsamoro

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Mindanao Confessions: A Peace Process Drop-out

NEW ZEALAND (MindaNews / 17 Aug) — “I can no longer in good conscience support the government’s formal peace efforts that not only builds peace on a foundation of gross injustice and deception, but uses ‘peace and development’ as an excuse legitimizing the state-facilitated killing of nearly 5,000 people.  The current state of impunity perpetuates […]

At last, draft BBL transmitted to Senate, but no certificate of urgency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 August) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17 is finally in Congress, but no certificate of urgency accompanied its transmittal. Instead, Undersecretary Ryan Estevez of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) under the Office of the […]

Delay in passage of BBL expected as draft Bangsamoro law has yet to reach Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 August) — Delay in the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is to be expected as the draft law, as of August 14, has yet to reach Congress exactly four Mondays after its submission to President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Jr. last month announced he was […]

Abella: draft BBL on the way to Congress; ex-Pres. Arroyo files Bangsamoro bill

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 12 August) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may finally be on its way to Congress by Monday, August 14, exactly four weeks after it was submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17. This, as former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now Pampanga’s second district Representative to Congress, filed House […]

OUR MARAWI: “Enemies of the State”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 07 August) — [Note: Upon his assumption to the caliphate after the demise of the Holy Prophet of Islam (saw), Hazrat Abubakr as-Siddiq (ra) told the Muslim throng in Madina that attended his investiture: “Correct me when I am wrong and support me when I am right.”] This has […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: BBL 2014 vs BBL 2017: An initial analysis

CAGAYAN DE ORO  CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) — After decades of armed struggle for self-determination and numerous failed attempts at forging peace, the Bangsamoro people are given another chance at peace with the submission on Monday, July 17, of a new draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to President Rodrigo Duterte.  I […]

Duterte to certify draft BBL as urgent

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify the new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced Tuesday. Abella told a press briefing in Malacañan Palace that the President views the BBL as “one of the solutions to address the root cause of the problems of Mindanao.” […]

Draft BBL submitted

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a copy of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) from Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Ghazali Jaafar in a turnover ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. Also in the photo are (from left) Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel chair Mohagher Iqbal, […]

Duterte: “There shall be a Bangsamoro country”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) — “Within the context of the Republic of the Philippines, there shall be a Bangsamoro country,” President Rodrigo Duterte declared Tuesday after receiving a copy of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Duterte committed to “support and husband” the proposed BBL in Congress to ensure the passage of the […]

Give me Liberty or give me Death!

  The American colonials still kept hoping that there would be peace in America. But Delegate Patrick Henry knew that the British masters would never give the colonials freedom. In the Second Virginia Convention on March 20, 1775, Mr. Patrick Henry delivered this immortal speech: They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to […]

Davao folk more hopeful on GPH-MILF peace process than with GRP-NDFP talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – Dabawenyos believe the government’s peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will more likely succeed than that with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), results of a survey conducted by the University of Mindanao’s Institute of Popular Opinion said. The survey administered on 1,200 respondents from May 17 to 26 found that 40 percent of them […]

BTC to submit draft BBL to President Duterte on July 18

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 05 July) —  The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will submit its draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang on July 18, a month and two days after completing it and six days before the President delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) where he is […]

GPH, MILF sign protocol on “cooperation and coordination” in war on drugs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 July) — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a protocol Friday that sets the “cooperation and coordination mechanisms” in addressing the drug problem in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and some parts in the Davao region which has MILF presence. During the 4th Consultative Meeting […]

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law signed; ready for submission to President Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has completed its task to draft a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and is ready to submit it to President Rodrigo Duterte as soon as he is avaiable to receive it. “Tapos na and ready for submission,” BTC chair Ghazali Jaafar told MindaNews in […]

GPH, MILF to create communications roadmap to educate public on the peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 June) – The government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will create a single communications roadmap to strengthen the knowledge of the public on the Bangsamoro peace process. GPH implementing peace panel chair Irene Santiago and MILF implementing peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal met last Wednesday and Thursday […]

Five-member BTC Coordinating Committee to finalize draft BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /05 June) — The five-member Coordinating Committee of the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will meet again this weekend to finalize the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and submit it to the plenary for deliberation. This after the five standing committee of the 21-member BTC – Fiscal Autonomy, Political Autonomy, Basic Rights, Transitory, […]

Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society on Martial Law, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

  25 May 2017 It is unfortunate  that we  are caught again in a situation where people have to live in high level  of fears and uncertainties in their securities. This situation is brought about on one hand by terror attacks and on the other hand, by the counter-terrorism response.  In both cases, the civilians […]

Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy on the Marawi Crisis

May 25, 2017 The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy strongly condemns the violent attacks perpetrated by lawless elements in the Islamic city of Marawi and Lanao del Sur, made more heinous as it occurred as the Muslim faithful are preparing for the holy month of Ramadhan. Any act inciting to terror in the hearts […]

Moro Islamic Liberation Front on declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao

24 May 2017 After the disturbing events that have unfolded in Marawi City, Malacanang has announced that the President has declared Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao. Such proclamation, presumably made within the legal processes of the Government of the Philippines, is apparently designed to contain the Marawi incident and to prevent it from […]