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Moro basic law priority

PEACE ACCORD. Mohagher Iqbal, chief MILF negotiator, and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, head of the government negotiating panel, exchange copies of the peace agreement between the MILF and the Aquino administration they signed in Malacañang on March 27. Applauding them are MILF Chair Murad Ebrahim,Malaysian facilitator Abdul Ghafar,Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, President Aquino and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles. LYN RILLON

The House of Representatives will give priority to the draft Bangsamoro basic law, but will not completely sideline other important measures pending in the plenary, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on Tuesday.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Zamboanga folk rally: ‘We’ve had enough’


At least 700 protesters, mostly evacuees, students, Moro professionals and members of nongovernment and civil society groups, staged a rally here Wednesday saying they’ve had enough of subhuman conditions in shelters for residents displaced by the fighting between followers of Nur Misuari and government soldiers in September last year.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

DSWD sets up database for persons displaced by Zamboanga crisis

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman. FILE PHOTO

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has created a database to profile all internally displaced persons (IDPs) for a more systematic assessment of the multitude of families affected by the clash between government troops and the Nur Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front.

Posted: September 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Aquino confident AFP can quell Zambo conflict–Palace

President Bengino Aquino III.   INQUIRER File Photo

President Benigno Aquino III has “full confidence” on the ability of the Armed Forces to suppress any number of uprisings anywhere in the country, his spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Monday.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Teachers, students in N. Cotabato grade school held hostage by BIFF gunmen

Members of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Heavily armed men belonging to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were reportedly in control Monday of a village grade school in Midsayap, North Cotabato with still undermined number of teachers and pupils held hostage.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

MNLF: Zambo top cop now ‘prisoner of war’

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Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari (C) addresses his armed followers in one of their camps in Indanan, Sulu, on the southern island of Mindanao.  AFP FILE PHOTO

The Moro National Liberation Front on Tuesday confirmed they were holding as “prisoners of war” the Zamboanga City police chief and his two security escorts.

Posted: September 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

5 suspected MNLF fighters dressed as cops nabbed

Members of the PNP LRC cross past the MNLF snipers line in Barangay Sta. Catalina as rebels burned burned houses of residents in Zamboanga City downtown.   INQUIRER PHOTO/EDWIN BACASMAS

Dressed in police uniforms, five suspected Moro National Liberation Front fighters were arrested as they were trying to escape from government forces in the village of Santa Catalina here Monday.

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

Bishops call for peace amid conflict in Zamboanga

Cardinal Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle on Thursday prayed for peace in Zamboanga City as another bishop expressed fear that the fighting between government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front rebels would spread to Basilan.

Posted: September 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

One killed, 5 wounded as Moro gunmen attack Basilan

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About 100 Moro gunmen attacked Lamitan, Basilan Thursday morning, wounding at least two soldiers, the Military said.

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

Thousands flee as soldiers clash with Moro rebels in North Cotabato


Around 2,000 people have fled their homes in North Cotabato following hostilities between government forces and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza said.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Political bets seeking MILF support in May polls, says Iqbal

Chief MILF negotiator Mohaqher Iqbal

A high ranking Moro Islamic Liberation Front official said “a lot” of politicians have been wooing the rebel group in a bid to bolster their respective candidacies among the Moros.

Posted: April 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Filipino extremists face new foe: fellow rebels

In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, thousands of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members, who signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government in 1996, display their weapons during a rally on the volatile island of Jolo in southern Philippines. After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely-condemned terrorist group. The emerging enmity between the Abu Sayyaf militants and the Moro rebels could bolster a decade-long campaign by the Philippines and Western countries to isolate the al-Qaida offshoot Abu Sayyaf, which remains one of the most dangerous groups in Southeast Asia. AP/Nickee Butlangan, File

After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely condemned terrorist group.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Rights group hits abductions of Moros

A Moro human rights group on Friday decried what it described as fresh cases of enforced disappearance against Muslims suspected of being terrorists amid President Aquino’s signing into law of the Anti-Enforced, or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 last month.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
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  6. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
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