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Chiz Escudero to government: respond to Mindanao’s concerns quickly

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Following the successive bombings of NGCP towers here in Mindanao and even the lack of water (the Zamboanga City Water District has announced water rationing starting January 7, 2016!), I’m glad that Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero has called on the national government to focus its attention and support for the people of Mindanao. “Malacanang should have all hands on-deck with regard to the problems currently besetting Mindanao. The list is getting alarmingly long and there is apparently no end in sight for many of these problems,” said Escudero, the frontrunner in various vice-presidential preference surveys. Foremost among Escudero’s concerns was

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UNYPAD-Sultan Kudarat Provincial Chapter holds two-day Islamic Leadership and Management Training

By: Morsid U. Guiapal ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (January 8, 2016)—The United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) Sultan Kudarat Provincial Chapter in partnership with Mindanaoan Humanitarian and Development Initiatives, Inc.(MinHuDI) held a two-day Islamic Leadership and Management Training to capacitate its officers and members in the province. It was held at Datu Hajji Abubakar

Reverts to Islam in Valencia City join UNYPAD

COTABATO City (January 5, 2016)—Some Reverts to Islam comprising key leaders and youth in the City of Valencia had recently joined United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) organized by Bukidnon Provincial Chapter on Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3, 2016. The participants were first orientated on UNYPAD’s vision, mission, goals, and objectives including programs and

BDA-CenMin pays courtesy calls to MILF Provincial Political Committees in Central Mindanao

Cotabato City—The Regional Management Office of Bangsamoro Development Agency-Central Mindanao Region (RMO-BDA-CenMin) paid courtesy calls on Provincial Political Committees (PolComs) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Central Mindanao on December 9-10, 2015,  with all the committees expressed their commitment of full support to the Tahderiyyah Program Phase 3 Implementation. The project will formally […]

Debian Linux Founder Ian Murdock Has Died

Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died. The cause of his death is unclear at the moment. However, on Monday, his Twitter account posted multiple tweets that suggested that he would commit suicide that night. We are sorry to inform our readers that Debian Linux Operating system founder Ian Murdock has died. He […]

Chiz asks: hasten probe on ABS CBN TV crew ambush in Marawi

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Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero condemned in the strongest terms the ambush of a three-member ABS-CBN News team in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on Dec. 26, as he called on authorities to speed up the investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice. Escudero said the assassination attempt on reporter Ronnie Enderes, cameraman Emelito Balansag and driver Garry Montecillo was “a serious attack against press freedom.” “There is no doubt that the ambush was work-related. Although no one was seriously injured, it is important that authorities go after those responsible for the incident and put them behind bars, otherwise there will

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UNYPAD-National clusters its North Cotabato Provincial Chapter

By: Dats M. Magon PIKIT, Cotabato (December 27, 2015)—On December 24, 2015, the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD)-National Chapter sent a delegation to North Cotabato purposely to cluster its North Cotabato Provincial Chapter into three clusters to further strengthen efforts in working for peace and expedite implementation of programs and services. The special

BTC Chair apprises CSO officers on current status of BBL

COTABATO City—Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chairman Mohagher Iqbal apprised the officers of different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) affiliated with the Cotabato Alliance for Moro Concern (CAMCI) during a gathering held on December 19, 2015 at 8th Avenue Hotel and Resort, Katidtuan, Kabacan, North Cotabato concerning the current status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and […]

BDA-CenMin conducts MBD at Kabacan, North Cotabato

KABACAN, Cotabato—The Bangsamoro Development Agency-Central Mindanao (BDA-CenMin) conducted Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) at Barangay Kayaga (BK), Kabacan, North Cotabato on November 28, 2015, but unfortunately majority of the interested donors were not qualified.  Rosdith Buntag, BDA-CenMin Assistant Regional Coordinator said, “We were surprised that the result of the MBD we conducted at Kayaga, majority of […]

UNYPAD executive officers meet peace advocates from Myanmar

COTABATO City (December 19, 2015)—Three members of the national executive officers of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) namely Tu Alid Alfonso, Ustadz Yusoph Lumambas and Dats Magon briefed visitors from Myanmar on the organization’s role in grass roots ceasefire monitoring held at Alnor Hotel in Cotabato City on December 16, 2015. Myanmar visitors

Typhoon Melor 2015: Bagyong ‘NONA’ updates

Typhoon “Nona” News Updates — Several areas in the Philippines are now under storm signals following the landfall of typhoon “Nona”, also known by its international name “Melor”.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), “Nona” hit the regions of the country at around 11 AM on Monday. Thereby, the following provinces were put under Signal No. 3, 2, and 1. Take a look at the list below for your reference:

Signal No. 3
Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao and Burias Islands, N. Samar, E. Samar, Samar and Biliran

Signal No. 2
Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Romblon Or., Mindoro Occ., Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Southern Quezon, and Leyte

Signal No. 1
Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Lubang Islands, Coron, Rest of Quezon, Polillo Islands, Southern Leyte and N. Cebu

As per news updates online, about 700,000 persons in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon and in Northern Samar were evacuated as part of the a preventive measure.

The figure is close to what was disclosed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

724,839 persons were evacuated due to the said typhoon.

Weather bureau said, “Nona” was last spotted in the east of Catarman in Northern Samar bearing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph).

Nona Update as of 2PM:

TC Update: as of 02PM today 14Dec2015, TY #NonaPH was located in the vicinity of San Jose, Northern Samar or at 20 km West of Catarman, Northern Samar (12.6°N , 124.5°E).

Stay tuned to related news releases.

Source: PAGASA, Inquirer

State of Governance Reform in the ARMM: Coping with Challenges and Limitations (Gaps)

Premises In making assessment on the state of governance reform in the ARMM, there is one basic question that comes to mind: Is the ARMM equipped with adequate authority and substantial resources to make effective reform or is the ARMM simply tasked to build the foundation for reform (transition)? To reform a highly devastated society […]

What would you do?

[Editor’s Note – This is a reprint from the comments posted by Professor Solita Collas-Monsod at on December 5, 2015 presenting facts on the GPH-MILF Peace Talks and the actuation and perceptions by some concerned individuals and groups against the Bangsamoro Basic Law and what are growing concerns in the ground in Bangsamoro Homeland] […]

San Bernardino Shooting: Brief info on suspects Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik #SanBernadino

San Bernardino Shooting News: Wednesday had it that at least 14 lives were lost, while 21 people ended up wounded due to a shooting incident in San Bernardino, California.

The authorities identified the suspects as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27. The couple carried the assault at the Inland Regional Center, where the former’s colleagues conducted a holiday party.

San Bernardino Shooting

According to initial information, the incident happened after some sort of a dispute. Farook and Malik returned on tactical gear and equipped with assault rifles and handguns. The authorities also found pipe-bombs and a remote-control detonator.

Here’s a few information culled by the investigating team pertaining to Farook and Malik:

Syed Rizwan Farook
– Born in Chicago
– Raised in Southern California
– Travelled abroad in July last year
– Said to have been a devout Muslim but stopped attending mosque several years ago
– Worked as environmental health specialist

Tashfeen Malik
– Came to the U.S. on a K-1 fiancée visa
– Had Pakistani passport
– Met Farook online

This issue is still developing in terms of identifying the real motive of Farook and Malik. It is still unclear at the time being.

Meanwhile, here’s the list of the names of the 14 victims (who died) released by Coroner:

1. Shannon Johnson, 45, of Los Angeles.
2. Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, of Rialto, Calif.
3. Aurora Godoy, 26, of San Jacinto, Calif.
4. Isaac Amanios, 60, of Fontana, Calif.
5. Larry Kaufman, 42, of Rialto, Calif.
6. Harry Bowman, 46, of Upland, Calif.
7. Yvette Velasco, 27, of Fontana, Calif.
8. Sierra Clayborn, 27, of Moreno Valley, Calif.
9. Robert Adams, 40, of Yucaipa, Calif.
10. Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, of Colton, Calif.
11. Tin Nguyen, 31, of Santa Ana, Calif.
12. Juan Espinoza, 50, of Highland, Calif.
13. Damian Meins, 58, of Riverside, Calif.
14. Michael Wetzel, 37, of Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

Source: Yahoo!CBC News


That we, the Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the Bangsamoro Homeland, subscribing to peaceful and democratic means of resolving the decades Bangsamoro issue towards final attainment of Bangsamoro aspiration for self-determination, identity and governance. That it is our common belief that all the substantive signed peace agreements entered into by and between the Philippine […]

CFCST Muslim Professionals and students participate in Training of Trainers on Values Transformation

COTABATO City—Three (3) Muslim Professionals and Fifteen (15) students from Cotabato Foundation College of Science and technology (CFCST) in Doroluman, Arakan, North Cotabato participated in Training of Trainers (TOT) on Values Transformation Training (VTT) conducted by Bangsamoro Development Agency-Central Mindanao (BDA-CenMin) in Barangay Balas, in said municipality last November 27-30, 2015. According to Haja Farida […]

Myanmar CSO Leaders Visit UNYPAD CSWG Area in Pagalungan

By: Badroden Mamendig COTABATO City (November 29, 2015)—Leaders of different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Kachin and Northern Shan States mostly working on humanitarian response visited the UNYPAD Community Security Working Group (CSWG) piloted community in barangay Layog, Pagalungan, Maguindanao on November 15, 2015. The community visit was made possible through the joint effort of

Businessman shot and killed in Kabacan, North Cotabato

KABACAN, North Cotabato – Taya “Jun” T. Moreno, a businessman in Kabacan town, North Cotabato was shot and killed at about 4:30 PM on November 24, 2015 at Barangay Poblacion, Kabacan, North Cotabato. A student said that he was on his single motor cycle traversing the Abellera Street, a provincial road from downtown going home […]

314 Blood Units Collected in the Recent 27th MBD

COTABATO City — In the recent 27th Muslim Blood Donation (MBD) conducted by Bangsamoro Development Agency-Central Mindanao (BDA-CenMin) held at the Regional Management Office (RMO) of the agency located at #23, Jasmin Street, Rosary Heights 6, Cotabato City last November 22, 2015, three hundred fourteen (314) blood units were collected. With the text brigade sent […]

UNYPAD Maguindanao Cluster-2 Organize Chapter in Libutan, Maguindanao

By: Saidona A. Lawan LIBUTAN, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (November 26, 2015) — The Maguindanao Cluster-2 Provincial Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) conducted orientations in its newly organized members in Libutan, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on November 15, 2015. The activity was actively participated by 53 young men and women. Musalik Indal, a


After applauding the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) as a demonstration of peace and hope, the world is now witness to how this peace agreement fails to be carried out to its fruition. As civil society organizations with programs for, offices in, and people from the Bangsamoro, we are saddened to […]

Grand Mufti Abdulrahman attends AMAPI’s 47th Founding Anniversary

Kabacan, North Cotabato – The Grand Mufti of Bangsamoro, the Eminence Sheikh Abuhuraira O. Abdulrahman graced the commemoration of the Al Muslimin Alpha Phi, Inc. (AMAPI) 47th Founding Anniversary at Felra Suites, National Highway, Tacurong City, on November 7, 2015 as guest of honor and resource speaker of the occasion. Turn-over ceremony and induction of […]

CBCS joined the 5-day Trainer’s Certification Course

October 2015 – As part of its effort to develop competent staff, the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) tossed its advocacy officer to participate in the 5-day intensive Trainer’s Certification Course (Training of Trainers) conducted and facilitated by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA). The primary aim of the training is to enhance effectiveness of […]

CBCS Attends Regional Workshop on Economic, Social (ESC) Rights

October 23, 2015 – The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Inc (CBCS) represented by Sammy Maulana, Noraisa Sally and Lolita Uka attended the Regional Workshop on Economic, Social (ESC) Rights at Sardonyx Plaza, Cotabato City. The forum provides venue to discuss and share information for additional inputs and case updates mentioned on the Philippine Government’s […]

MIND DA NEWS: Heed Those Statements

By Patricio P. Diaz on August 20 2015 6:39 pm [Author’s Note: Mind da News, the alternate of COMMENT in MindaNews, is a comment on current news. The author may be contacted at] GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – The leaders of the Congress, the Palace and the President, especially, must heed […] shortlisted in 2015 Globe Media Excellence Awards

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A total of 58 entries were shortlisted for various categories of the Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA), the most anticipated premier award-giving body that gives recognition to excellence in journalism in Mindanao. The premier award-giving body which recognizes excellence in journalism from the best breed of scribes in Visayas and Mindanao, the awards gives recognition to print, broadcast, and digital media practitioners who have excelled in their respective fields. Awards night for the GMEA Mindanao leg will be held on November 17. “The number of entries that we received this year is a testament to the commitment of media practitioners

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OXFAM delegation pays courtesy call to BTC

Cotabato City – On Wednesday, October 28, the Philippine-based Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM), an international non-government organization paid courtesy call to the office of Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Cotabato City to seek, explore issues and concerns on the current status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to President Benigno Aquino III on […]

UNYPAD Cotabato City Chapter Conducts Community Forum

By: Jordan L. Talusob COTABATO City (October 18, 2015)— The United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) Malagapas Cotabato City Chapter conducted a community forum on “Contemporary Issues Affecting Bangsamoro Questions” held at Malagapas, RH-10, Cotabato City on October 7. Abdul-Alim Talusob, Cotabato City Chapter Secretary said that the forum was part of the Campaign and Advocacy program