Category Archives: GPH-MILF

Duterte will certify for urgent passage only one draft Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) — President Rodrigo Duterte will call all Moro revolutionary leaders to a meeting to come up with a consensus on how to move forward in implementing the legislation aspect of their peace agreements as he acknowledged he will certify for urgent passage in Congress only one draft Bangsamoro law. […]

PEACE TALK. Fatima Pir Allian: “Ang RSD ng Bangsamoro is very much alive”

Fatima Pir Tillah Allian loves to talk about journeys. Her journey as a Moro woman, the journey of her generation, the journey of the Moro people in asserting their right to self determination, the journey to peace.   She was five months old during the “Jolo-caust” (a term Tausug writer Said Sadain used to describe […]

PEACETALK. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Jr. on passing the BBL: “Conservatively, sa House, give me a month or two”  

Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, Jr. sparked a major controversy 10 days after the May 9 elections last year, when the then presumptive Speaker of the House of Representatives was reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying there was “no more need” for a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) because the country will shift […]

PEACE TALK. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III: “It makes more sense to push for BBL first .. but the simplest would be straight to federalism”

On the wall of the receiving room of the office of the Senate President on the 6th floor of the Senate building in Pasay City is a huge portrait of Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., sitting down and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III standing beside him — father and son from Mindanao who became Senate President: the […]

Implementing peace

The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace implementing panels led by Irene Santiago (GPH) and Mohagher Iqbal (MILF) meet at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on 9 February 2017, to discuss ways forward in the implementation of various aspects of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.  MindaNews photo by CAROLYN O. […]

Whatever happened to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 February) —  Only five months left to July when the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), according to the Duterte administration’s peace roadmap, is supposed to submit its draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Congress. As of February 8, however, the BTC has yet to be set up. Presidential Adviser on […]

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: On the Level Lang!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 Feb) — President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed last January 9 the appointment papers of the members of the new 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). MindaNews reported this January 13. MILF’s Luwaran echoed the news on the same day. No national media reported the news. The report, an answer to an information […]

GPH, MILF still looking for a new Malaysian facilitator

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 January) — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF ) peace implementing panels are still “in the process of looking” for a new Malaysian facilitator, contrary to a report that someone has been named, government’s peace implementing panel chair Irene Santiago said. “Tan Sri Zakaria Bin Abdul Hamid is […]

5-member Misuari panel named

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 December) – Lawyer Randolph Parcasio will head the five-member peace implementing panel of the Moro National Liberation Front (MLNF) faction under founding chair Nur Misuari. The panel was named by Misuari in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte dated  November 5, 2016 which he coursed through Presidential Adviser on the […]

SC skirted core issue in ruling on petitions vs Bangsamoro peace pacts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 November) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petitions to declare unconstitutional the peace agreements signed by Government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the ground that they are “premature” but critics say the High Court “skirted the core issue.” In a press briefing at the Supreme Court, […]

PEACETALK: Look at the larger picture, not just the tree but the whole forest

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 28 November) — The peace process has established mechanisms. If there are problems that involve people on both sides, GPH (Philippine Government) and MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), these problems have to be resolved through these mechanisms. We cannot afford a duplication of the Mamasapano Incident on a larger scale or […]

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Fulfillment or Denial Anew? (8)

8th of a series Inter-Branch Courtesy GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 November) This did not mean that Draft BBL was perfect – without errors and “questionables”. But the Congress, in keeping with inter-branch courtesy, should not have arrogated unto itself the power to reverse the constitutionality and legality of Draft BBL as ensured by the Office […]

PEACETALK: To witness the rebirth of a new hope

(Speech of MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim at the signing of the Executive Order increasing the membership and expanding the functions of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, Rizal Hall, Malacanan Palace, 07 November 2016) His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Senate President Koko Pimentel, Speaker of the House Pantaleon Alvarez, Secretary Jesus Dureza, other members […]

Bangsamoro peace process back to separate tracks; Congress to “converge”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 November) — Members of civil society are worried and confused at the direction the Bangsamoro peace process is headed with the retention of parallel tracks for the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the GPH-Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) although only with the faction under founding chair Nur Misuari. […]

Duterte to choose 10 gov’t nominees for BTC; MILF finalizes list of 11

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Nov) –  The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is submitting to President Rodrigo Duterte “more than 10 names” for the 10 government nominees that he will appoint to the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft the Bangsamoro law, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza […]

Nur and Digong: When brothers (and Presidents) meet

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 November) –  “I would like you to just say a few words…using the podium of the President of the Republic of the Philippines,” the 71-year old Mindanawon President Rodrigo Duterte told the 77-year old founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Nur Misuari after delivering a five-minute speech to announce […]

Zambo mayor supports Duterte’s peace efforts but Nur “has to be accountable”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 November) –  The city government of Zamboanga has expressed “strong support to the bold and fresh initiatives” of President Rodrigo Duterte to win peace but maintains that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari “has to be accountable for his alleged crimes.” In a statement, Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco […]

PEACETALK: The MILF is very hopeful that under President Duterte, Congress would pass BBL

(Keynote address of Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front at the Global Autonomy, Governance and Federalism Forum on 19 October 2016 at Dusit Thani hotel in Makati City. Mr. Murad could not make it as he was in Uzbekistan on invitation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation during its International […]

GPH, MILF implementing panels await EO on Bangsamoro Transition Commission

DAVAO CITY (Mindanews / 15  October) – The peace implementing panels of the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are awaiting the signing of the Executive Order on the creation of the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that would draft the law for the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity that would […]

PEACETALK: “We firmly continue to uphold the primacy of the peace process”

(Message of solidarity and unity to the Bangsamoro people, the Filipino people, and Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the celebration of Eidul Adzha 2016/1437 by Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim) The leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) once again conveys its greetings and felicitations to the Bangsamoro people, […]

Mind da News: Must Be “GRP”, NOT “GPH”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — “It’s the same Philippine government but in the Duterte administration’s peace process, it’s “GPH” with the Bangsamoro and “GRP” with the National Democratic Front (NDF)”. This was the lead of a MindaNews report by editor Carolyn O. Arguillas on August 29. She mentioned that President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino […]