Category Archives: Special Reports

3,937 candidates in May 2016 did not file poll expense reports; 40% from ARMM

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is already on his second year as the country’s chief executive, but the polls that clinched him that post continue to bedevil the Commission on Elections (Comelec) – and with reason. Indeed, despite giving the candidates in the May 2016 elections a controversial three-week extension to submit their respective election-spending reports, […]

Bangsamoro, No; Good Governance, Yes

On the same day the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), on 27 March 2014, residents of Wao town in Lanao del Sur staged a rally to express their desire to be excluded from the proposed political entity that seeks to end decades of armed conflict […]

Moro groups race with time, grope for ‘convergence’ on peace agenda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 March) – The peace and development agenda of the Duterte administration aims for, among others, “meaningful implementation of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro towards healing in the Bangsamoro,” and “completion of implementation of remaining commitments under the GPH-MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) Peace Agreement for […]

Bakwits since 2000, 2003: “We will ask the President to help us return to our homes”

BARANGAY LAYOG, Pagalungan, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 19 Feb) — At the height of the wars between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2000 and 2003, hundreds of thousands of civilians were displaced and languished in evacuation centers. For months, they endured cramped evacuation centers where they built temporary shelters made of […]