Category Archives: Peace Process

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 […]

Cardinal Quevedo optimistic Duterte won’t renege on vow to Bangsamoro and Congress’ final BBL will be CAB-compliant

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) — Mindanao’s lone Cardinal is optimistic that President Rodrigo Duterte wont’ renege on his commitment to the Bangsamoro and the 28 legislators comprising the Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) will pass a final version of the BBL that is compliant with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). The government […]

Murad says BBL versions passed are “very diluted” but hopes to regain what they lost during bicam meet

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (08 June) — The chair of the Moro Islamic LIberation Front (MILF) has acknowledged that the versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) passed by the Senate and House of Representatives last week are “very diluted” and may create a Bangsamoro political entity that will be less autonomous than the […]

Matalam 9: encounter or massacre? illegal drugs or land conflict?

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 07 June) —  An encounter or a massacre? Illegal drugs or land conflict? The chairs of the ceasefire committee of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the head of mission and members of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) conducted a “joint verification” in Sitio Biao, Kilada, […]

28 legislators to craft final Bangsamoro law: 14 from Mindanao, 7 of them Moro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 June) — Twenty-eight legislators will form the Bicameral Conference Committee that will craft the final version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), half of them from Mindanao, among them seven Moro representatives. The Bicameral Conference Committee is tasked to reconcile the versions passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday […]

On passage of BBL: no celebration but caution as MILF’s Murad says “struggle is not over”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) — The two houses of Congress passed on Wednesday afternoon and in the early hours of Thursday their versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to pave the way for the abolition of the 28-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in favor of a new political entity […]

SPONSORSHIP SPEECH: “The epitome of real autonomy in this country”

(Sponsorship speech ofDeputy Speaker for Mindanao Bai Sandra Sinsuat A. Sema of the Basic Law for the Autonomous Region of the Bangsamoro on May 29, 2018 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City)  Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Colleagues, I stand before you today not only as the voice of my people – […]

BBL passed by May 30, Duterte to sign it into law July 23, but what kind of Bangsamoro will it be?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) — The two houses of Congress will pass their respective versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before adjourning sine die on Wednesday, May 30, following an assurance Monday night from President Rodrigo Duterte that he would certify the bill as urgent on Tuesday, May 29. Duterte issued the […]

BBL passage is a commitment of the government: Iqbal

By: UNYPAD ComTeam COTABATO CITY/ May 5, 2018 – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel Chairman and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) member Mohagher Iqbal reiterated that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is a commitment of the Government of the Philippine (GPH). Speaking as resource person during the a forum entitled…

NGOs, BTC organized forum on Bangsamoro peace process with ARMM employees

By: Amani M. Musa COTABATO CITY/May 4, 2018 – The Forum ZFD and Kutawato Multimedia Network (KuMuNet) in partnership with Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) organized a forum titled “Bangsamoro Peace Process with ARMM Employees” geared to educate the participants on the transition phase of the ARMM regional government…