Category Archives: Peace Process

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 […]

Ex-lawmaker optimistic on GRP-NDF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 August) – Hopes for peace remain alive because President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “not the type of a person who immediately closes his mind and heart to everything” when it comes to the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front, former Gabriela representative Luz Ilagan said Monday. “When he was our mayor, we knew that […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Duterte to NDF: “If you want to talk to us, then my God, please stop killing us”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 July) — “If  .. you want to talk to us, then my God, please stop killing us,” President  Rodrigo Duterte asked the National Democratic Front (NDF) as he declared that if the NDF announces it will stop waging war against his administration,  he “will announce a total ceasefire in the […]

GRP reciprocates NDF declaration re no offensive operations

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 18 June) — Government is reciprocating the National Democratic Front’s (NDF) declaration to refrain from undertaking offensive operations in Mindanao to enable government forces to focus their attention on the war against terror groups by also declaring it will not mount offensive operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) to pave way […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]