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No details bared in Aquino-Murad meet

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PEACE MEET  President Aquino addresses the Consolidation for Peace for Mindanao Conference in Hiroshima City, Japan, with Ebrahim Murad, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, among the guests.  MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Aquino met privately with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Murad Ebrahim in Hiroshima, Japan, to discuss the status of the draft Bangsamoro basic law, Secretary Edwin Lacierda confirmed Wednesday night.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Bangsamoro ‘law’ ready

Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, on Monday submitted the draft of the Bangsamoro basic law during a meeting with Undersecretary Michael Frederick Musngi of the Office of the Executive Secretary in Malacañang. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Monday received the draft of the Bangsamoro basic law, a priority measure President Aquino would submit for congressional scrutiny and approval to pave the way for the creation of a new autonomous region in Mindanao.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Key moments in the history of Moro insurgency


Key moments in the Moro history of the insurgency and the peace talks
start in the 13th century when Arab traders introduce Islam to the Sulu island group near the lower tip of a Southeast Asian archipelago, later to be called the Philippines.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Long after MNLF siege, death toll still rising

BADJAO EVACUEES  Once a popular promenade, Roseller T. Lim Boulevard in Zamboanga City’s Cawa-Cawa District has become a squalid encampment for seafaring Badjao displaced by the siege of the city by Moro National Liberation Front rebels last September. Disease stalks the camps, inflicting a high mortality rate, particularly among children.  EDWIN BACASMAS

The loss of lives continues six months after a standoff between government forces and a splinter Moro rebel group, casting a shadow over the signing this week of a comprehensive Bangsamoro peace accord the Aquino administration hopes will end decades-long fighting in Mindanao.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Roxas: I tried to end Zamboanga siege early

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Thursday said he negotiated with Commander Habier Malik, a senior aide of fugitive Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari, during the early part of the Zamboanga siege in September.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »