Category Archives: Bangsamoro

STATEMENT of IBP Lanao del Sur: Come up with a version most compliant with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

(Appeal of the Integrated Bar of the Phiippines-Lanao del Sur chapter to the Bicameral Conference Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, issued by its President, Aminoden L. Macalancap on 4 July 2018 in Marawi City) In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful The Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Marawi City and Lanao del Sur […]

The proposed Bangsamoro law: BTC, Senate and House versions

On July 9 to 13,  the Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) composed of 18 members from the House of Representatives and 10 from the Senate will meet to come up with the final version of the law creating the Bangsamoro political entity  by reconciling House Bill 6475 and Senate Bill 1717 which they passed in late […]

Senate Bill 1717. Basic Law for the Autonomous Region of the Bangsamoro


House Bill 6475. Basic Law for the Autonomous Region in the Bangsamoro

Source: Approved on 30 May 2018: 227 voted yes, 11 no, 2 abstained. Text of approved bill: History of the bill: House Bill/Resolution NO. HB06475 FULL TITLE : AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE BASIC LAW FOR THE BANGSAMORO AND ABOLISHING THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO, REPEALING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9054, […]

PEACETALK: Why we need a strong autonomy for the Bangsamoro

(An appeal to the Members of the Bicameral Conference Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law by Guiamel Alim, chair of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society in Cotabato City) We, the civil society in the Bangsamoro, representing peace-loving communities therein, strongly believe that the Bangsamoro is an opportunity, rather than a problem. It only takes […]

Maj. Carlos Sol: soldier of peace passes away

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews  / 01 July 2018) —  Major Carlos Sol, Director of the combined secretariat of the government panel’s ceasefire mechanisms in the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) passed away late Saturday night at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City, three days after he suffered a second […]

Less-than-ARMM Bangsamoro is bad for business, “leads to very uncertain future”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) — Uncertainty is bad for business and the business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), expectant of a better deal in the future Bangsamoro — the new autonomous political entity that would replace the ARMM — wants Congress to know that a “less than ARMM” Bangsamoro […]

Politics is a numbers game

Politics is a numbers game. The propaganda team and supporters of President Duterte keep on repeating that 16.6 million people voted for him for president. But that is NOT even a majority vote. Mr. Duterte got only 39.01% of the electoral votes. MORE people voted AGAINST him. Ex-President Aquino got a much bigger percentage — … Continue reading Politics is a numbers game

KISSA AND DAWAT: Subverting Subsidiarity

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) — The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will be going through the crucial stage at the Bicameral Conference Committee (Bicam) next month. Will it come out recognizable as proposed and agreed through the peace process? Or will it come out unrecognizable, mangled […]

KISSA AND DAWAT: (Dis)parity of esteem in our midst

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) — Quite fortunate to be part of a weekend planning of insider mediators looking into and cracking their heads scrutinizing the Senate and House versions, what will potentially come out of the bicameral committee (Bicam) and what the final version will be. Importantly, they can help assess its potential […]

GRADUATION MESSAGE: Go blaze your own trail towards a peaceful and developed Mindanao

(Message delivered by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., during the 53rd Commencement Exercises of the Mindanao State University main campus in Marawi City on 20 June 2018) Every visit to Marawi City is a homecoming for me. Each homecoming reminds me of the different stories of different people under different […]

Stakeholders discuss BBL-prospect for inclusive and lasting peace in the Bangsamoro

By: UNYPAD BSCD Interns COTABATO CITY / June 21, 2018 – More than a thousand stakeholders comprised of peace advocates, community leaders, representatives from the academe, civil society organizations, security sector, local government units and Indigenous Peoples gathered at the Notre Dame University Gymnasium in this city on June 18, 2018 to discuss the Bangsamoro…

The ARMM Cultural Village: Experience the richness of the Bangsamoro  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 June) — The ARMM Cultural Village has set the bar high for heritage and culture-based education, as it presents the Bangsamoro not merely as remnants of the past but as a living community composed of different ethnolinguistic groups that constantly evolve with the times. It allows the people, Bangsamoro and […]

Duterte to MILF: what cannot be included in the BBL, add them via federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) — Reiterating his camapign for federalism, President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday night urged leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to wait for the passage of the final version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and whatever is not included there can be “added in the federal scheme […]

Duterte: oil and natural gas in Ligawasan Marsh belong to Moro people

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17  June) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday night assured the Moro people that they would remain in control and possession of the huge untapped fossil fuel reserves in the 288,000-hectare Ligawasan Marsh, the country’s largest wetland. Duterte said during the 2018 Eid’l Fitr Celebration at the SMX Convention Center Davao that the Moro […]

Cardinal Quevedo’s message to Muslims on Eid’l Fitr: peace in the heart;  lasting peace through CAB-compliant Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) — The message of Mindanao’s lone Cardinal to Muslim brothers and sisters on Eid’l Fitr, the end of the month-long Ramadan, is “peace in the heart” and lasting peace through a Bangsamoro Basic Law that complies with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, […]

BBL’s post-ratification scenario: BTC to serve as caretaker of Bangsamoro region

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) — While the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) versions of the Senate and House of Representatives have been described as  “very diluted” or “mangled” due to the deletion or amendment of essential provisions, a new provision added by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that drafted the BBL was retained by […]

Q&A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “Our people will also judge us”

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) recalls having been surprised to see leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives when they arrived in Malacanang for a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, May 28, 2018. They had met with the President at the Matina Enclaves clubhouse […]

TO THE POINT: BBL Soon in Moro Court

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 11, 2018 – From media reports since May 31, it is most indicative that neither of SB No. 1717 and HB No. 6475, the Bangsamoro Basic Law bills as respectively approved in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, sits well with the leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front […]

PEACETALK: What to do next..?

The two versions of the BBL would undergo a BICAM Conference to reconcile the differences. There are few things to know about the BICAM Conference… First, it is NOT the third House of Congress. It consolidates convergences in the two versions and it offers a formula solution to the differences or simply to adopt the […]

Cardinal Quevedo optimistic Duterte won’t renege on vow to Bangsamoro and Congress’ final BBL will be CAB-compliant

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) — Mindanao’s lone Cardinal is optimistic that President Rodrigo Duterte wont’ renege on his commitment to the Bangsamoro and the 28 legislators comprising the Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) will pass a final version of the BBL that is compliant with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). The government […]

Bangsa Moro Homeland — the Impossible Dream

  Would you negotiate with a pushover? Yes, but only to get even more advantages. The Spaniards only negotiated with the Moro sultanates when they realized they couldn’t defeat them. The Americans signed treaties with the Sulu Sultanate when their hands were full with the Philippine revolution in Luzon. Afterwards, they massacred the people of … Continue reading Bangsa Moro Homeland — the Impossible Dream