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Bangsa Moro Homeland — the Impossible Dream

  Would you negotiate with a pushover? Yes, but only to get even more advantages. The Spaniards only negotiated with the Moro sultanates when they realized they couldn’t defeat them. The Americans signed treaties with the Sulu Sultanate when their hands were full with the Philippine revolution in Luzon. Afterwards, they massacred the people of … Continue reading Bangsa Moro Homeland — the Impossible Dream

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 […]

BODY AND SOLE: Faded glory

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 27 May) – In years past when he took the sporting world by storm by defeating boxing greats, including Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao always kept the Filipinos glued to their TV screens every time he went up the ring. Waiting for his fight was like anticipating the […]

MILF chair Murad: Senate’s proposed Bangsamoro is “generally acceptable”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 March) — The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday said Senate Bill 1717, the substitute bill to the four versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) earlier filed, is “generally acceptable” to them. “Generally, SB 1717 is already acceptable to the MILF… it is acceptable to […]

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COMMENT: BBL* Ahead of Federalization (4)

Last of four parts IV. Do Something GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 March) — The President, the GPH and MILF implementing panels (IPs) and the Congress – they with authority and power to remove the obstructions and hindrances — must do something to insure the safe passage of the BBL by December 2017 and the installation […]

Senate to push for federal form of government — Koko Pimentel

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 July) — The Senate will move for the adoption of a federal form of government, newly installed Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said Monday. In his inaugural speech, Pimentel said the proposed shift to federalism is part of the “Program of Government for Change that your majority senators have agreed upon, […]


OPINION Before the Mamasapano fiasco, majority of Philippine lawmakers had expressed strong support for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during President Benigno Aquino’s term. When the proposed law was turned-over to leaders of congress on September 10, 2014 in Malacañan palace, stakeholders considered it as the springboard for reign of peace […]