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3 BIFF child fighters die in clashes

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CHILD WARRIORS Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, some of them obviously in their teens,  are shown in this photo taken inside the BIFF camp in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province on Friday.The death toll in the ongoing clashes has reached 53, including three child soldiers. JEOFFREY MAITEM/INQUIRER MINDANAO

The military on Friday said three child soldiers recruited by the hardline Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were among 53 people killed in a week of fighting with government forces and that “two foreign combatants” were helping the rebels, including a Malaysian who is wanted for the 2002 bombing in the Indonesian resort island of Bali that killed 110 people.

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

Bukidnon broadcaster receives death threats

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Another broadcaster has reported coming under threat following his reporting on illegal logging activities in Bukidnon, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, said on Thursday.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Int’l body meets with gov’t, MILF negotiators on Bangsamoro police

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Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

An independent international commission has met with negotiators from the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for the first time as it prepares to take on the job of formulating recommendations regarding the form, structures, and relationships of the police force in the envisioned autonomous Bangsamoro region, an official announcement said.

Posted: October 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bangsamoro talks extended by one day

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Chief government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.  PHOTO FROM OPAPP.GOV.PH

Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front negotiators have agreed to extend by one day the 38th round of talks in Kuala Lumpur in an effort to close the gap between their respective positions on wealth-sharing between the national government and the proposed Bangsamoro autonomous political entity, government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said by text message to reporters on Friday.

Posted: July 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t, Moro rebs reiterate commitment to peace talks

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Chief government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.  PHOTO FROM OPAPP.GOV.PH

Cordial letters, prayers and a pair of pens for luck.

Posted: July 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t-MILF peace talks back on track

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Chief government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.  PHOTO FROM OPAPP.GOV.PH

After a four-month lull in the negotiations, the government and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are returning to the negotiating table and will be meeting early next month in Kuala Lumpur, according to Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, the head of the government peace panel.

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Tension grips Lanao towns

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Emotions ran high in four Lanao del Norte towns and three in Lanao del Sur as relatives on Saturday buried 12 persons who were killed when armed men ambushed the campaign team of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte, Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan on Thursday.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pagadian mayor tagged in Aman scam lying low but not hiding, says lawyer

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Former Pagadian City Mayor Samuel S. Co.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co, who has been slapped with an arrest warrant for his alleged role in the Aman Futures investment scam, has been rarely seen in Pagadian these days but he has not been hiding, the executive’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

Posted: April 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Transition body on Bangsamoro gov’t to meet this week, say MILF, PH gov’t

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MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. AP FILE PHOTO

The Transition Commission (Transcom), the body tasked to draft the charter for the future Bangsamoro government, will be holding its first “en banc” meeting on Wednesday, according to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government.

Posted: March 31st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Drafting a new autonomous law: Aquino seeking balance

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The Aquino administration wants a balance of voices among the Bangsamoro when it fills up seats in the 15-member Transition Commission (Transcom), the body that would craft the charter of the future political entity designed to address the Moro people’s aspiration for self-governance, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles said.

Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Mother hails teenage nanny for release of kidnapped toddler

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A 17-year old nanny, kidnapped along with her Filipino-Canadian ward in Pagadian City, has been credited by the toddler’s family for his safe return on Friday.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

‘Education is the lasting solution to Mindanao war’

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A negotiated political settlement to the long-running Moro rebellion in Mindanao is only a short-term solution, conceded government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Steady downpour floods Ozamiz City

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Continued heavy rains early Wednesday flooded Ozamiz City, prompting the local government to suspend classes.

Posted: January 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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