Category Archives: Peace Process

NDFP asks gov’t to resume talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 June) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) urged the government (GRP) to resume the fifth round of formal negotiations, after it was canceled when the latter withdrew for “lack of compelling reason.” In a statement issued on Friday, NDFP chair Fidel Agcaoili said both parties must heed the clamor of the people […]

Informal GRP-NDFP consultations to continue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) – Despite the cancellation of the 5th round of talks between the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the Netherlands, informal bilateral consultations between the working groups of both panels will continue in the Philippines for the “eventual” resumption of the negotiations. In a statement posted […]

Pray for Peace

Members of the Philippine government and National Democratic Front peace panels attend a special Sunday mass at the ballroom of Radisson Blu Palace Hotel in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on 28 May 2017. The panels are in Noordwijk supposedly for the 5th round of formal peace talks but this was called off due to some “serious […]

5th round of GRP-NDF peace talks called off; Duterte says no to talks for now

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 May) —  The 5th round of formal peace talks scheduled May 27 to June 2 in The Netherlands, has been called off, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to the government peace panel not to sit across the negotiating table “until such time as there are clear indications that an enabling […]

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 […]

Nur Misuari’s temporary liberty extended until November 16

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 May) —  Extended for six months. The regional trial court that last year granted a six-month liberty to Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), has granted him an extension of another six months or until November 16, 2017. Misuari made his first public appearance after the court […]

DAR chief to join GRP-NDF talks on socioeconomic reforms

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – Agrarian Reform Ssecretary Rafael Mariano will participate in the fifth round of peace talks between the government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) on May 26 to June 2, 2017 in Noorwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. The fifth round of talks will tackle, among others, agrarian reform and rural development provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement […]

HR group condemns police, military for arresting Iglesia Bishop and three others

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) — Human Rights group Barug Katungod Mindanao condemned the police and military for arresting last Friday in Ozamiz City Bishop Carlo Morales of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), his wife Ma. Teofilina Morales, church driver Isadome Dalid, and alleged National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Rommel Salinas. […]

Cardinal, Deputy Speaker urge Moro leaders to come up with “single, harmonized” draft Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 May) — Moro leaders “must come up with a consensus” so that what is submitted to Congress in July is a “single, harmonized” draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that incorporates the gains of the four peace agreements government signed with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation […]

PEACETALK: A Credo on Peace in Bangsamoro Land

(Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, is Mindanao’s lone Cardinal).                        I believe that a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is FAB-CAB* compliant is the way to a just and lasting peace. I believe that such a BBL must be the first priority […]

PEACETALK: A Credo on Peace in Bangsamoro Land

(Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, is Mindanao’s lone Cardinal).                        I believe that a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is FAB-CAB* compliant is the way to a just and lasting peace. I believe that such a BBL must be the first priority […]

Duterte’s “pessimistic” remark on the Bangsamoro peace process worries, confuses stakeholders

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 May) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement Friday that he was “a bit pessimistic now” about the Bangsamoro peace process and “a little bit worried that nothing will come out of this” got Moro communities and other peace stakeholders confused and worried as to where the Duterte peace roadmap is headed. […]

Rebs apologize, offer indemnity to civilian hit by IED

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – The National Democratic Front-Southern Mindanao Region has apologized to the family of a civilian who was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) during an attack on Saturday by the New People’s Army (NPA) on plants owned by Lapanday Foods Corporation in Barangay Mandug. Larry Buenafe, a fish vendor, was seriously wounded when […]

GRP, NDF working for consensus on truce, ‘contentious’ socioeconomic provisions — Bello

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – The government and the National Democratic Front are finding ways to arrive at a consensus on a bilateral ceasefire and “contentious provisions” on the proposed Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), Labor Secretary and GRP peace panel chair Silvestre Bello III said Monday. In an interview at the sidelines of the […]

Mayor Sara Duterte tags NPA “terrorist” for early morning attacks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 29 April) — Mayor Sara Duterte condemned the “acts of terrorism” perpetrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) early Saturday morning, calling it a “terrorist organization.” The rebels launched simultaneous attacks in three locations — in Mandug, Bunawan and Calinan — burning two plants manufacturing boxes and plastic.  A security guard and […]

OPAPP still in the process of submitting proposed EO on transitional justice commission

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 28 April) — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is still in the process of getting other agencies in government to look into its draft Executive Order on the creation of the National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRCB) before its submission to the […]

Nur seeks extension of temporary liberty beyond April 27

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 28 April) – The founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has sought, through his lawyer, an extension of his six-month temporary liberty beyond April 27, the day it was supposed to have lapsed. Nabil Tan, Deputy Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and chair of the government’s Peace Implementing […]

MILF rebels demand return of handgun seized by police in Maguindanao

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 April) – About 50 guerrillas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by Datu Solaiman Dimatuntay arrived at the local police station on Monday morning to demand the return of a handgun that was seized Sunday from their leader. The rebels, brandishing high-powered firearms, came on board a multicab and about 10 motorcycles […]

Misuari’s temporary liberty ends April 27; MNLF working on extension

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) —  The six-month temporary liberty granted  by the court  to Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) ends on April 27 but the MNLF is working for its extension. “Ma-extend Maas” (Misuari’s temporary liberty will be extended), Randolph Parcasio, chair of the peace implementing panel […]

NPA frees 2 Army soldiers in Davao Sur

MATANAO, Davao del Sur (MindaNews/19 April) — Two non-commissioned officers of the Philippine Army regained their freedom on Wednesday, after almost three months of captivity in the hands of communist rebels. Sgt Soliman Calocop and Pfc Samuel Garay, who were captured by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat, were released to their […]