Peace in Mindanao - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Peace in Mindanao


[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

After Bangsamoro law, a bright yet bumpy path to peace

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

There will be a fight for the hearts and minds of people in the region for them to approve of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in a plebiscite. President Rodrigo Duterte has to convince the political leaders to vote yes.

Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcomed the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Young Maranao advocate says empathy key to promoting peace, dev't

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:52 AM

After leaving his hometown to study in Cebu, 21-year-old peace advocate Jamil Faisal Adiong says he realized the potential of Mindanao to prosper if only peace reigns in the region

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

'Dear Digong': Lumad children ask Duterte to end martial law, violence

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Lumad children write their appeals to President Rodrigo Duterte ahead of his second State of the Nation Address

DEAR DIGONG. Lumad children ask the Chief Executive to end martial law in Mindanao Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte to certify new Bangsamoro law as urgent

Jul 17, 2017 - 7:27 PM

UPDATED I have requested both the Senate President and the Speaker to consider it immediately Duterte says during a media interview on Monday July 17 in Malacañang

Abdillah and a city reduced to ruins

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Abdillah was a young boy a Maranao a Moro and a pious Muslim in that order He was buried on the same day his life was taken away from him

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 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

De Lima vs Duterte, Nur Misuari, Clinton vs Trump | 12PM wRap

Nov 07, 2016 - 1:11 PM

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2 separate peace panels for MILF, MNLF-Nur

Nov 07, 2016 - 10:37 AM

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal says the group is not opposed to Nur Misuari s participation in the peace process

TWO PANELS. Philippine government will allow Misuari to draft a law creating a Bangsamoro region, separate from the proposal of the MILF-led Bangsamoro Transition Council

Experts meet in Manila for global forum on federalism

Oct 18, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The inaugural Global Autonomy Governance and Federalism Forum 2016 on October 19 and 20 features over 30 international experts who will share first hand experiences and programs from 15 countries

Courage of conviction

Oct 02, 2016 - 6:20 PM

In the Philippines arguably the prospects for peace following decades of conflict is perhaps closer than ever before precisely because there is courage of conviction

INITIALED. Government and NDF negotiators shake hands after completing the first round of talks since an impasse in 2011. Photo from OPAPP

Clinton vs Trump, Duterte, vs Abu Sayyaf, Philippine peso drop | 12PM wRap

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

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'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

Duterte to Abu Sayyaf: Time of reckoning will come

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:25 AM

The president elect wants the terrorist group to surrender unconditionally and release all its hostages

HOSTAGES. Abu Sayyaf shows 3 foreigners it held hostage. Video screengrab from SITE Intelligence Group

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

Federalism not answer to Mindanao’s woes – Roxas

Mar 28, 2016 - 5:23 PM

The Liberal Party presidential bet thinks federalism is a way of saying localities want more resources but current programs already address the island s needs

DUTERTE'S OPPOSITE? Administration presidential bet Mar Roxas campaigns in Divisoria, where he tells reporters that Mindanao can be served by allocating more funds to the island under the current unitary system of government. Photo by Bea Cupin/ Rappler

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

Duterte to expand BBL; Poe evades question

Feb 21, 2016 - 8:47 PM

While harping on inclusion Senator Grace Poe digressed says Oxfam s Marie Nunez

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

Aquino says BBL bid to continue after his term

Jan 31, 2016 - 3:06 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s orders come after congressional leaders said they are unlikely to pass the bill before Aquino s term ends in June

PEACE. Thousands of supporters of the Bangsamoro Basic Law rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, May 11 2015, as they call for the immediate passage of the law in Congress. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bangsamoro bill 'increasingly uncertain' – peace monitor

Jan 03, 2016 - 3:24 PM

The Third Party Monitoring Team also expresses concern about the BBL s compliance with the existing peace deal

PEACE. Bangsamoro Bill advocates believe the measure is the key to a long-term peace in war-torn Mindanao.

Rappler Talk: How can PH make the peace process work?

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:22 PM

The British government has been a key supporter of the peace process in the Philippines

INFOGRAPHIC: From Marcos to Aquino: The cost of war in Mindanao

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:30 AM

In this infographic we show the cost of war in Mindanao spanning the administrations of Ferdinand Marcos Corazon Aquino Fidel Ramos Erap Estrada Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III

How do you feel about Grace Poe's take on issues?

Sep 16, 2015 - 1:42 PM

Click on your mood for where she stands on corruption social inequality climate change and disasters foreign policy OFWs and the peace process and Mindanao

How do you feel about Mar Roxas' take on issues?

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Click on your mood for where he stands on corruption social inequality climate change and disasters foreign policy OFWs and the peace process and Mindanao

MILF draws flexible timeline for Bangsamoro

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The MILF is counting on President Benigno Aquino III to deliver on his promises but the Muslim rebel group also recognizes the realities in Congress

STILL CONFIDENT. The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are aiming to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before the 2016 elections

ARMM: Failed experiment no more

Jul 16, 2015 - 2:42 PM

The ARMM story deserves a more detailed telling

ANIMATION: War came to Mindanao

Jul 12, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The history of the armed struggle in Mindanao runs deeper than all the liberation fronts that have championed its cause

How do you feel about Jejomar Binay's take on issues?

Jul 01, 2015 - 4:42 PM

Click on your mood for where he stands on corruption social inequality climate change and disasters foreign policy OFWs and the peace process and Mindanao

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

MILF to deactivate weapons, store them in Abubakar

Jun 15, 2015 - 3:36 PM

The decommissioning of rebel firearms is seen to help restore confidence in President Benigno Aquino III s peace process amid delays in legislating the peace deal

TRANSITION. Fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in formation as they wait for the signing of Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao province, southern Manila, Philippines, 15 October 2012. File photo by EPA/STR

Cardinal to Bongbong: Correct your father’s sins vs Muslims

Jun 09, 2015 - 1:38 PM

Cardinal Quevedo says Marcos should not disregard aspirations of the Bangsamoro urging the senator to learn from the mistakes of his father

Drilon eyes September passage for Bangsamoro bill in Senate

Jun 08, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon opposes the opt in provision

TIMETABLE. Muslim groups call for the immediate passage of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#HearMindanao: What is peace in Mindanao for you?

Jun 02, 2015 - 1:02 PM

What does peace in Mindanao mean to you? What do you think of the ongoing peace talks between the government and MILF?

Escudero on Bangsamoro law deadline: We're not Grade 1 students

Jun 02, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Senator Francis Escudero stressed that the Senate will not follow the deadline set by Malacañang or Senate President Franklin Drilon on the passage of the Bangsamoro basic law

Bangsamoro bill: 7 issues for PH, MILF to resolve

Jun 01, 2015 - 7:13 PM

With such a tight deadline will lawmakers manage to legislate a peace deal within the bounds of the Constitution?

#AnimatED: Law should trump violence

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The Bangsamoro Basic Law is a starting point If passed it will be a triumph of dialogue over guns

Osmeña: Palace 'goodies' might help sway senators to pass BBL

May 26, 2015 - 7:01 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III says he won t attend the senators meeting with President Aquino lest he be accused of receiving some kind of pork barrel

BANGSAMORO VOTE. Senator Sergio Osmeña III's 'naughty' remark about using certain rewards for senators comes after talks that congressmen were bribed to vote yes to the Bangsamoro bill. Rappler file photo

Pacquiao: Exclude Sarangani from Bangsamoro

May 26, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The congressman says he supports the creation of the Muslim dominated region but including Sarangani in it might cause instability in his province

CONSTITUENTS. Boxer-congressman Emmanuel Pacquiao, the representative of the lone district of Sarangani, attends the House committee vote on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

3 reasons why we should pass the BBL now

May 21, 2015 - 7:15 PM

Mindanao is an economic bonanza in waiting

Post-Mamasapano, sentiments on peace agreements clash – SWS

May 16, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The results of a nationwide survey show that people living in the Bangsamoro Core Territory are more hopeful than the rest of the nation on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

If not BBL, what?

May 13, 2015 - 10:10 AM

On the Bangsamoro Basic Law it is prudent to take a stand only after knowing all the facts Let us resolve never to open our mouths or rant in social media without doing our homework