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Exorcising private armies a daunting task

LAKBAYAN delegates from Mindanao, Southern Tagalog and the National Capital Region gather near Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, Parañaque City, in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Through the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, which the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed with the government, the guerrillas have given up armed struggle in exchange for wider autonomy crafted under a proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. The fate of the measure now rests in Congress’ hands.

Posted: December 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Bangsamoro basic law seen to open PH political system to more decentralization

AN ESTIMATED 6,000 Bangsamoro supporters join a prayer rally in Banggolo,Marawi City, on Thursday to celebrate the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. RICHEL V. UMEL / INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

A former city mayor here has urged members of the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to consider the proposed measure “in the larger context of reforming the political system in the country.”

Posted: November 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Exorcising impunity’s justification

NOV. 23, 2009  Some of the bodies of the 58 victims of the mass murder lie on a hill in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao province. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Five years after the mass murder of 58 persons—32 of them media workers—on the hills of Masalay in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, the slow grind of justice is about to be overtaken by the winds of change in a region that has been described as a failed experiment in autonomy.

Posted: November 30th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

MILF: 2016 polls crucial to success of Mindanao peace process

President Benigno S. Aquino III huddles with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), led by its chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, for a group photo souvenir during the Courtesy Call at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

The next president of the country must be able to nurture the gains of the peace process that the administration of President Benigno Aquino has achieved with Moro rebels to ensure continued security and stability in Mindanao.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Moro self-rule within peace process


The current effort to overhaul the Muslim autonomous region is the first time that the architecture of Moro self-determination is designed in the context of the peace process.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »