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MILF: 2016 polls crucial to success of Mindanao peace process

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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

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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 »

Power-sharing central to Moro self-rule

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AFP FILE PHOTO

With the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro Thursday, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is abandoning its armed struggle for an independent Muslim state in Mindanao. For the rest of the country and perhaps the world, this is the heart of the peace process with the Moro rebels.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Christian groups push for passage of Bangsamoro basic law

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Bishop Efraim Tendero Photo by pceconline.org/

Leaders of the evangelical Christian community in the country have urged Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law soon to give peace a chance to take root in Mindanao.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Peace pact: 17 years in the making

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FARMERS continue harvesting crops as fighting continues between soldiers and members of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao province. JEOFFREY MAITEM/ INQUIRER MINDANAO

Seventeen years of negotiations between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) came to a close in Kuala Lumpur last week as their respective peace panels finished the last of the four annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Temporary bridge links Lanao del Norte towns

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kauswagan map

A temporary bridge linking Linamon and Kauswagan towns in Lanao del Norte is now open to vehicular traffic, an official of the Department of Public Works and Highways said.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

MNLF sees betrayal of 1996 peace pact

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While the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are celebrating their agreement to end four decades of conflict in Mindanao and drawing global praises for it, another armed group on the island, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), is mourning and feeling betrayed.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines | Read More »

PH gov’t, MILF to thresh fine details of ‘normalization process’

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While the negotiation on the substantive issues of a political settlement between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has concluded, the parties are still expected to work on the fine details of the normalization process.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Groups cheer PH-MILF peace pact; MNLF unhappy

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Accolades continue to rain on the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels for completing negotiations on the remaining substantive issue for a political settlement of the four-decade Moro rebellion in Mindanao.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Transportation cut off between Northern and Western Mindanao

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TO THE RESCUE.  Personnel from the ComVal Emergency Response Team evacuate residents who were trapped in the flooding of Compostela Valley province in Mindanao. Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains from a low pressure area have affected 132,000 people from 10 provinces.  AP

Transportation between the northern and western regions of Mindanao is paralyzed as a bridge along the highway in Lanao del Norte gave way to flashfloods Monday evening, the authorities said.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Resolving ‘rido’ under Bangsamoro

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HIGAONON tribal leaders document the discussions on indigenous peoples’ rights during public consultations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Iligan City. PHOTO FROM PAILIG ACADEMY FOR GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY

Returning from a campaign sortie during last year’s midterm polls, supporters, mostly relatives, of lawyer Abdul Malik Manamparan, who was seeking the vice mayoral post of Nunungan town, Lanao del Norte province, were ambushed. Twelve people were killed and eight were wounded.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Talks’ next hurdle: Territorial waters

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PRESIDENT Aquino, in an unprecedented move, meets with leaders of the MILF in Tokyo in August, paving the way for the peace talks to move at a much faster pace. FILE PHOTO FROM OPAPP

Buried in the euphoria of the signing of the annex on power sharing to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) last Dec. 8 is the absence of consensus on the issue of “Bangsamoro waters.”

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Bangsamoro transition body enlists private groups for info drive

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MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. AP FILE PHOTO

Pressed for time, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission is tapping civil society organizations in Mindanao to solicit comments and other input from various local communities and social sectors in the drafting of the Basic Law formally establishing an autonomous Bangsamoro political entity.

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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