Bangsamoro region - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Bangsamoro region


Over 8,000 MILF fighters decommissioned in 2019 – OPAPP

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Wilven Mayor says a total of 12,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters will be decommissioned by 'early 2020'

DECOMMISSIONING. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels stand guard at the entry of Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019 ahead of a weapons decommissioning ceremony. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

AFP to train 255 ex-MILF fighters to help secure Bangsamoro region

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces will work alongside soldiers and cops in the Joint Peace and Security Team, says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr

WAR AND PEACE. Former MILF rebels join a training on capability building in Al Barka, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

12,000 former MILF troops to be decommissioned in 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Decommissioning of the troops comes after the ratification of the Bangsamoro Law and is part of the Philippine government's agreement with the MILF

PEACE DEAL. In this photo taken on October 15, 2012 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stand in formation inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

Threats, vote-buying in Bangsamoro region on eve of midterm polls

May 12, 2019 - 9:07 PM

International Alert Philippines says the stakes are high for the Bangsamoro region, as it needs elected officials who will help ensure the region's success

HIGH STAKES. The 2019 midterm elections will be the first in the Bangsamoro region, with voters choosing leaders who can spell progress or added challenge to the new region. File photo by Rappler

MILF submits list of nominees for members of Bangsamoro government

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The list of 41 names, submitted the week before the Bangsamoro plebiscite, includes at least 3 women, one Christian, and one member of an ethnic group

Milf chairman Al Hadh Ebrahim Murad votes for the first time in his life during the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebescite on January 21,2019 in Simuay Junction Elementary school in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

[OPINION] Bangsamoro sub-state, not federalism

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM

This political nonsense about 'federalism' should be stopped as an exercise in political witchcraft

Duterte ends BBL impasse: Mother LGUs' vote needed for inclusion in Bangsamoro

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The 6 towns of Lanao del Norte and 39 North Cotabato barangays will have to get the support of their province and municipalities, respectively, before they can join, contrary to what the Bangsamoro Transition Commission wants

HOUSE VERSION ADOPTED. President Rodrigo Duterte tells the bicameral conference committee on July 11, 2018, to adopt the House version’s provision on the coverage of the Bangsamoro region. In this file photo, Mindanao lawmakers celebrate the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Bangsamoro region ‘lesser than ARMM’ feared

May 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

The real battle for the powers of the new Bangsamoro region will take place during the bicameral conference committee hearings, when the Senate and the House reconcile their versions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

HUDDLE. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 29, 2018. Sourced photo

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Duterte eyes dividing Bangsamoro entity

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wonders if the Bangsamoro entity should be further divided into regions representing tribes. He wants the issue resolved this year, by the time Congress passes the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) Executive Chair Datu Roel Ali Sr. after the latter delivered his welcome remarks during the 16th founding anniversary of STCPD at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018. Also in the photo is Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chair Eduardo del Rosario. Malacañang Photo

BBL should ensure wise fiscal spending in Bangsamoro – Dominguez

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:05 PM

'A lot of this you have to understand needs the acceptance of the public outside of the area. Because taxes from Luzon, Visayas will be provided here and if the people do not agree that this money is being spent correctly, then we will have a problem.'

Senate Hearing BBL 11th Session February 13 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to Moro people: Give government a chance

Jan 27, 2018 - 1:43 AM

The President is wary the Moro people will take up arms again if Congress does not approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a piece of a legislative proposal that would expand the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

DUTERTE AND THE BBL. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Davao International Airport in Davao City after participating in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day in New Delhi on January 26, 2018. Screen shot from Faceboook livestream.

DOCUMENT: Revised draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 18, 2017 - 2:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte commits to push for the legislation that will complete the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Duterte 'a bit pessimistic' about Mindanao peace talks

May 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

I m not nervous but I’m a little bit worried that nothing will come of it says Duterte about government talks with the MILF and MNLF

OUTLOOK FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Duterte introduces MNLF chairman Nur Misuari to his Secretaries during a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential photo

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Duterte set to sign EO on new Bangsamoro Transition Council

Nov 02, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Representatives of the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF are expected to join the body that will draft a revised law creating the new Bangsamoro region

FIRST PRESIDENT FROM MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte wears a conical hat during the launch of the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other Conflict-Affected Areas in Regions 9, 10, and 12 at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on October 29. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

Mindanao peace: Looking from afar in hope and admiration

Jul 14, 2015 - 11:00 AM

There are all kinds of tensions in the world and if the Philippines can make the peace process work by creating a democratic inclusive and genuinely autonomous region it will become a model for resolving conflict elsewhere

Bangsamoro law: Key is making Moro autonomy work

Jun 23, 2015 - 6:45 PM

To build and not squander the gains of the peace process with the MILF we must adopt an incremental interest based strategy with the primary strategic goal to make Moro autonomy work

Should peace be contingent on the BBL?

Feb 17, 2015 - 10:05 AM

The peace effort in Mindanao deserves a paradigm that should not be merely grounded on political considerations be it from the Aquino administration or from the MILF

Oplan 'Lambat-Sibat,' Gigya attack, cheating website | The wRap

Nov 28, 2014 - 8:47 PM

The Philippine National Police reports a ‘downward trend’ in crime in the capital A hacker collective attacks a media integration platform affecting 80 news sites around the world The Philippines is the newest market for a cheating website

#AnimateED: Maguindanao massacre: ARMM’s bloody legacy

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:30 AM

The scars of impunity are too deep for the incoming entity the Bangsamoro to wash over

Gov't, MILF peace panels meet over delayed bill

Aug 01, 2014 - 3:34 PM

The meeting is expected to last 10 days and the two panels hope to produce a draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law that is acceptable to both sides

IN LIMBO. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has yet to arrive at a consensus on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. File photo by Rappler

Bangsamoro challenge: Open up the process

May 26, 2014 - 10:07 AM

People need to feel that they own they process that they can genuinely participate in its mechanisms and not only to agree or express support

Can this at least be the end of war?

Apr 02, 2014 - 8:40 AM

The political currency that extremists might possess could be undermined through greater legitimacy of the political establishment

My Mindanao: Peace at long last?

Mar 30, 2014 - 10:00 PM

I believe that a new breed of Muslim leaders visionaries and intellectuals will be the catalyst for change

SCARS. The front part of Sta. Barbara Elementary School in central Zamboanga City is tattered by bullets from the siege. Photo from JR Lopez Gonzales

'World can follow Bangsamoro example'

Mar 27, 2014 - 10:41 PM

Diplomats hail the historic deal that aims to end almost 4 decades of conflict

Bizmen on Mindanao's dev't: We must do our part

Mar 27, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The Makati Business Club calls on their fellow businessmen to participate in the development of Mindanao s economy following the signing of the historic MIF peace pact

ARMS DEAL. This photo taken on Oct 15, 2012 shows members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) standing in formation during a celebration inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, in the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

CBCP: Reach out to Bangsamoro deal's critics

Mar 27, 2014 - 8:34 PM

The CBCP president pushes for a continuing dialogue with groups like the MNLF

'This is the crowning glory of our struggle'

Mar 27, 2014 - 5:24 PM

3rd UPDATE The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front sign the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro on Thursday March 27

Captured MILF commander released

Feb 25, 2014 - 8:06 PM

Police drop charges against Wahid Tundok

Soldiers attack MILF breakaway units

Jan 27, 2014 - 9:59 AM

3rd UPDATE The MILF is helping the military run after the BIFF