Category Archives: Peace Process

CPP: “‘No’ is a no” to localized peace talks 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) –The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) expressed confidence that all New People’s Army (NPA) units on the ground are firmly united under a central leadership, reiterating its position that a “’no’ is a no” to the localized peace talks that are now being pushed by the Duterte administration. […]

MILF chair on bicam version of Bangsamoro law: “80 to 90% CAB-compliant”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) — The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said they will hold consultations with the Bangsamoro people as soon as they get the “final clean copy” of the proposed Bangsamoro law version of the Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) but will likely accept it as it is “initially […]

The Bangsamoro law: not fully CAB-compliant but “it’s ARMM plus definitely”

QUEZON CITY  (MindaNews / 14 July) — It may not fully comply with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the peace agreement signed by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2014, but “it’s ARMM plus definitely,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said of the new political entity that would […]

What makes the new Bangsamoro political entity “more than ARMM”?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) — Flashing the peace sign shortly after suspending the Day 3 session at 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday with “95% of the work done,” Zubiri reiterated what he told MindaNews earlier that afternoon: “1,000 per cent better than ARMM” (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao). Last month, he said the same […]

Palace to issue EO on localized peace talks with Reds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) – Malacañang will issue an executive order setting the guidelines for the localized peace talks that local government units may hold with New People’s Army (NPA) units operating in their respective areas, presidential spokesperson Harry S. Roque said. Roque said during a Palace briefing on Thursday that the guiding framework for […]

New Bangsamoro political entity: from ARMM to BARMM; from BBL to OLBARMM

ORTIGAS (MindaNews / 10 July) — From ARMM to BARMM. The new autonomous political entity that will replace the 28-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be known as the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as agreed upon by the 28-member Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) that has been meeting at […]

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

Source: senate.gov.ph Approved on 30 May 2018: 21 yes Text of approved bill: Legislative History Entitled: 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, ENTITLED AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND THE ORGANIC ACT FOR THE AUTONOMOUS […]

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

Source: congress.gov.ph 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 […]

STATEMENT: Seek Peace and Pursue It

(Statement of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform on the GRP-NDFP peace process) The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) is saddened by the latest development in the peace process. Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in a statement during a forum of peace advocates, said the […]

UNYPAD educates Luzon youth leaders on Bangsamoro history and BBL

By: UNYPAD ComTeam COTABATO CITY/ June 30, 2018 – In a bid to increase understanding and awareness among Filipino youth leaders on the struggle, sentiments and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people, the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) shared the Bangsamoro history and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the youth leaders of Luzon…

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 […]

BBL Deserves our Much-Needed Critical Support and Political Awareness under the new Presidential Administration

A Statement from United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Issued on 28 July 2018 in Cotabato City, Philippines   BBL Deserves our Much-Needed Critical Support and Political Awareness under the new Presidential Administration   We, the Bangsamoro youth, strongly believe that Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) remains the most viable option for the cessation of…

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 June 19, 1971 Manili Massacre : “All I can remember is that the blood was so warm”

(This piece by Ms Aveen Acuna-Gulo was published by MindaNews as a four-part series on June 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2003 in www.mindanews.com to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Manili Massacre. It was also published by its newspaper-subscribers. We are re-publishing this in 2018, on the 47th commemoration of the June 19, 1971 […]

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 […]

STATEMENT of PAPP Dureza: “We are resetting the planned backchannel and panel meetings to a later date”

(Statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza on peace talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF) In our common effort to make sure that we achieve a conducive and enabling environment for peace, President Rodrigo Duterte instructed us last night to engage our bigger “peace table” – the general public as well as other sectors in government […]

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 […]