Mindanao peace - updates

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Duterte's advice vs Western Mindanao investments a 'wake-up call'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Zamboanga del Norte business leader Rolando Soliva responds to the Chief Executive's statement urging investors to 'stay away' from the western part of Mindanao due to peace and order problems

BUSINESS LEADER. Rolando A. Soliva is the president of the Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also chairs the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office Advisory Council. Photo by Bert Laput

Japan's top diplomat visits Duterte in Davao City

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan is ready to 'expand' support for the Mindanao peace process

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Patahimikin ang mga baril sa Mindanao

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Wala nang lalayas sa sariling tahanan upang umiwas sa bala, wala nang baryong maglalagablab sa apoy, wala nang barilang pupunit sa katahimikan

Military, MILF prepare to secure Bangsamoro vote vs violence

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Military officials and Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders discuss security preparations for the January 2019 plebiscite during the historic Camp Aguinaldo visit of MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

END OF WAR. Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr and MILF Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces chief Sammy Al Mansour at a news briefing in Camp Aguinaldo on November 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Children of Basilan celebrate healing

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:29 AM

'Ang Basilan ay may pag-asa,' over a thousand childen of the conflict-torn province are told at the 'Festival of Love and Peace'

AS HAPPY AS CHILDREN SHOULD BE. Happy Basilan children run with stuffed toys handed out at the Festival of Love and Peace in Sumisip town on October 4, 2018. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Final version of BBL holds fate of Mindanao peace process

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front seeks to restore deleted provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which implements a peace deal with the government

2018 best time to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law – MILF

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front also cautions against making changes in the proposed measure that are not consistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

Duterte not confident BBL allowable by Constitution

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't think the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law can 'hurdle constitutional barriers'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the peace sign as he poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels during the turnover ceremony of the new proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lumad on equal footing with Moro in proposed entity – Iqbal

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:12 AM

Mohagher Iqbal says laws that protect non-Islamized tribes will be recognized in the proposed Bangsamoro entity

LUMADS' WISH. The tribal leaders in Mindanao insist on a Bangsamoro entity that recognizes their right to ancestral domain​. Photo by Mick Basa

MILF's peace deal with PH gov't different from NDF's, says Iqbal

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:01 AM

'For us, what we’re asking is political settlement. We don’t care about the system of government. We don’t care who is running the government.'

TALKING PEACE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte signs the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Malacanang on November 7, 2016. Also in the photo are Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, and GPH Peace Implementing Panel Chair Irene Santiago. Malacanang Photo

Transition commission postpones Bangsamoro Assembly

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission does not specify the reason for the postponement of the event, originally scheduled November 3 to 4

FIRST PLENARY SESSION. The Bangsamoro Transition Council is expected to submit a new draft of the Bangsamoro Law in July. Photo from BTC Facebook page

Achieving peace in Mindanao key to PH economic growth – World Bank

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The World Bank says long-standing armed conflict in Mindanao makes it challenging to unlock the growth potential of the region, which is a major source of agricultural products

UNLOCKING MINDANAO. World Bank says increasing productivity in Mindanao could reduce prices for food and other goods across the country and improve the competitiveness of the agriculture sector. Rappler graphics by Raffy De Guzman

Gov’t, MILF call on public, lawmakers to support new Bangsamoro law

Jul 18, 2017 - 8:21 AM

The Duterte government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front launch a joint communications roadmap to pass the revised Bangsamoro Basic Law

COMMUNICATION ROADMAP. Government's Irene Santiago and MILF's Mohagher Iqbal ink Implementing Panels for Bangsamoro Peace Accords Joint Communication Plans in Manila, Philippines on Juky 17, 2017. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Dureza hopes no more Palace 'tinkering' of BBL draft

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The completed BBL draft created by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza during the Eid'L Fitr Celebration at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Commission finalizes Bangsamoro Basic Law draft

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Government peace panel chairperson Irene Santiago hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the bill as urgent in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24

Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Implementing Panel Chairperson Irene Santiago, during the Mindanao Hour at Malacañang on June 2, 2017, provides the details on the peace corridor set up by both the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Marawi City. She added that the peace corridor, which serves as a safe refuge for displaced Marawi residents and a venue for humanitarian assistance to pass through, is a testament to how far the peace process between the GPH and the MILF has prospered. Malacañan Photo

Lesson from '70s Jolo: War and martial law won't solve the problem

May 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Our classes were interrupted by bomb explosions and gunfight Lives have been lost but war and the declaration of martial law will never solve the problem Not in a hundred years

Becoming white: A letter to all Filipinos

May 27, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The people of Mindanao are tired We are tired of daily conflicts and of being told that Mindanao is a dreadful place We are tired of telling ourselves that this war will soon come to an end

Why solidarity with Mindanao requires opposing martial law

May 25, 2017 - 5:33 PM

We need to block rather than support Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao in order to pave the way for a different kind of peace that will not just benefit Mindanaoans but all Filipinos

Rally in Manila on 24, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

Duterte, Nur Misuari to talk peace over dinner in Davao City

Mar 24, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The President says he and MNLF leader Nur Misuari also talked on the phone about a preparatory document for a proposed federal structure

EMBRACING NUR. President Duterte embraces MNLF leader Nur Misuari in Malacañang in November 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

New Malaysian facilitator for Bangsamoro talks

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Dato Kamarudin bin Mustafa replaces the late Tengku Dato Ab Ghafar bin Tengku Mohamed who died of heart failure last year

KUALA LUMPUR MEETING. Representatives of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front held a special meeting in Kuala Lumpur on March 21. OPAPP photo

BTC gets to work, holds 1st meeting to draft Bangsamoro law

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:30 PM

MILF leaders sit down with rival group MNLF and other Mindanao stakeholders to begin work on drafting a revised Bangsamoro Basic Law

FIRST PLENARY SESSION. The Bangsamoro Transition Council is expected to submit a new draft of the Bangsamoro Law in July. Photo from BTC Facebook page

Duterte appeals to Muslims in Mindanao: Resist extremism

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The President asks Mindanaoans to avoid extremism because it will destroy all of us

MINDANAO'S MAN. President Rodrigo Duterte believes extremism could tear the country apart. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PPD

Duterte urged to create Bangsamoro transitional justice commission

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The commission is expected to help address deep rooted grievances of the Bangsamoro people which President Rodrigo Duterte often talks about

PEACE FOR MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte frequently mentions historical injustices committed against Muslims in Mindanao. File photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte to MNLF, MILF: No peace talks if you protect terrorists

Jan 27, 2017 - 6:35 PM

If the two rebel groups harbor terrorists like the Maute Group you might as well forget about peace talks says President Duterte in a speech in front of soldiers

PEACE FOR MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari at Malacañang Palace on November 3, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

OPAPP hopes to start work on new Bangsamoro law in January

Dec 30, 2016 - 3:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to name in January 2017 the members of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission that is tasked to draft the Bangsamoro bill

WAITING FOR THE NAMES. Photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte and MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during the signing of the executive order creating the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Council on November 7, 2016. OPAPP file photo

WATCH: Marawi students reject war, extremism

Dec 03, 2016 - 2:34 PM

Stakeholders in the future of Mindanao speak their minds on the war and extremism

Duterte: I'm ready to talk to Abu Sayyaf

Nov 25, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Previously Duterte said he refuses to talk peace with the Abu Sayyaf as it would be like slapping the nation

CONFLICTS IN MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte says he's willing to talk to Abu Sayyaf. File photo by RICHARD MADELO/Presidential Photo

Duterte, Ramos have 'very warm' meeting in Palace

Nov 14, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Despite their differing opinions former president Fidel Ramos and President Rodrigo Duterte talk like friends who obviously respect each other

'VERY WARM.' President Duterte and former President Fidel Ramos meet at Malacañang Palace on November 14, 2016. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

Duterte signs EO creating new Bangsamoro Transition Commission

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:13 PM

The MILF hopes Congress can enact the law creating the Bangsamoro region in time for the 2019 polls when leaders of the new region could be elected

Duterte to meet Misuari in Davao City on week of Oct 10

Oct 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The President says the MNLF leader is coming out of his lair in Jolo and will be escorted to Davao for them to talk

TALKS WITH MISUARI. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza discusses with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari (right) during a hand-over ceremony in Jolo, Sulu. Photo by SIMEON CELI/PPD

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Sep 27, 2016 - 12:31 PM

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Duterte: No amnesty for Abu Sayyaf

Sep 26, 2016 - 10:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is rejecting MNLF leader Nur Misuari s suggestion to include the terrorist group in the Mindanao peace talks

Duterte and Misuari discuss possible meeting in Malaysia

Aug 31, 2016 - 12:42 PM

To make the meeting possible President Duterte says he will order the police and military not to implement the warrant of arrest against the MNLF leader

Gov't, MILF to resume peace talks August 30 in Davao City

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Future talks between the two panels will be held in the Philippines says Peace Process Adviser Jesus Dureza

TALKING PEACE FOR MINDANAO. Government peace panel members and MILF peace panel members meet in Malaysia to resume talks on the Bangsamoro peace process. Photo by Carol Ramoran/Rappler

Duterte targets meeting with Misuari in 2017

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to troops in Jolo Sulu the stomping ground of the Abu Sayyaf

WHEN WILL THEY MEET? President Rodrigo Duterte says a meeting with MNLF chairman Nur Misuari would be crucial to the success of the Mindanao peace process

Gina Lopez: End social injustice to bring peace to Mindanao

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:48 PM

You can t talk peace if there s rape going on and social injustice happening says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

Duterte to MILF, MNLF: Cut ties with Abu Sayyaf

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:58 PM

If the two Moro separatist groups choose to foster ties with the Abu Sayyaf President Duterte won t have high hopes for the Mindanao peace process

TERROR GROUP. Members of the Abu Sayyaf pose with hostages, two of whom they have already killed

Duterte: If Filipinos don't want federalism, I will support BBL

Jul 08, 2016 - 7:45 PM

President Duterte also asks for patience saying federalism will not come overnight

MINDANAOAN. President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech at a gathering of Muslim leaders in Davao City on July 8, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte's speech 'shows commitment to peace'

Jun 30, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Ateneo de Davao president Fr Joel Tabora SJ says there are high expectations that President Rodrigo Duterte would finally bring about peace in Mindanao

THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte during the departure honors for outgoing President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacanang Palace grounds on June 30. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Presidential bets on Mindanao: Peace talks, dev't programs critical

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Mar Roxas and Rodrigo Duterte agree that the Bangsamoro Basic Law must be passed Three out of 5 candidates mention anti poverty programs are critical to peace in Mindanao

FACE-OFF. Presidential bets explain their solutions to conflict in Mindanao. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Bello pushes for BBL, ‘marshall plan’ for Mindanao

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Senatorial candidate Dionisio Santiago for his part says everyone wants peace but the BBL has ‘unconstitutional’ provisions

Walden Bello, by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Next president: No choice but to pursue peace with MILF

Mar 28, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Despite obstacles peace panels from the Philippine government and the MILF say there s reason to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the peace deal with the MILF

Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

MILF warns ISIS seeking foothold in Mindanao

Mar 07, 2016 - 2:43 PM

Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim says ISIS seeks to capitalize on growing frustration over the breakdown of efforts to end a decades long Muslim separatist rebellion in Mindanao

ISIS IN PH? Malacanang says there are no verified reports that ISIS is supporting local terror groups in the Philippines.

ISIS-inspired militants on offensive in southern Philippines

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:23 PM

The influence of ISIS in the Philippines is growing stronger and expanding say analysts

ISIS SUPPORTERS. ISIS-inspired Philippine militants show their support for the group.

With BBL 'dead,' transitional justice key to Mindanao peace efforts

Feb 27, 2016 - 9:27 PM

While the proposed BBL was not passed in the 16th Congress the Third Party Monitoring Team of the Bangsamoro peace process says there has been progress in efforts to achieve peace in Mindanao

WORKING FOR PEACE. Peace negotiators say the support of the international community is essential in the peace process. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Back to the future: Resetting priorities for peace

Feb 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

The consideration of the BBL has been postponed till after the national elections in May 2016 This enforced hiatus may be an opportunity to address the issues linked to transitional justice and the peace process

Bangsamoro Basic Law is not yet dead

Feb 03, 2016 - 6:44 PM

We may have lost one track of the Bangsamoro peace process but combating violent extremism and holding on to peace remain to be the better option to attaining right to self determination

Bangsamoro basic law: Forgotten battle?

Feb 01, 2016 - 6:00 PM

We are comforted by our undying aspiration for peace and justice

HOPE. Even though it seems like Filipinos have forgotten the BBL, the Moros still hold on to the hope that they would have peace. Image courtesy of Alejandro Edoria

With BBL 'dead', Aquino to strengthen Mindanao peace gains

Jan 29, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Malacañang says it expects the next Philippine leader to sustain the peace process

STRENGTHEN PEACE GAINS. Malacañang says President Benigno S. Aquino III will continue to fortify the gains in the peace process until he steps down on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)