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Bangsamoro ‘law’ ready

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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

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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

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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 »

Hardliner said to be new BIFF head

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The military believes the leader of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Ameril Umra Kato (in photo), had suffered a stroke and the secessionist group was now under the command of Kato’s right-hand man, Commander Muhaiden Animbang, aka Kagi Karialan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The military believes the leader of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Ameril Umra Kato, had suffered a stroke and the secessionist group was now under the command of Kato’s right-hand man.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Failure not an option: There’s no Plan B’

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Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles.  AP FILE PHOTO

Failure is not an option for the government in implementing the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), according to President Aquino’s peace adviser.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Zamboanga City lawmaker questions peace deal

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Rep. Celso Lobregat of Zamboanga City. congress.gov.ph

A Mindanao lawmaker on Tuesday questioned the Bangsamoro peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for seemingly disrespecting the Constitution and seeking its revision, but President Aquino’s peace adviser and chief negotiator said the accord fell well within the Charter’s provisions.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | 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 »

Soldiers clash with BIFF rebels in N. Cotabato town

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Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) INQUIRER File Photo

Explosions and heavy firing of automatic rifles awakened residents as armed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters gunmen swooped down on a village here early Thursday, the authorities said.

Posted: September 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

MNLF commander, 7 members arrested in Zamboanga City

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Police confirmed the arrest of a Moro National Liberation Front commander and seven members in Brgy. Sta. Catalina in Zamboanga City, the Zamboanga city government announced Tuesday.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

2 civilian fatalities recovered in North Cotabato clash

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

Two civilian fatalities were recorded from Monday’s clashes between government troops and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in North Cotabato, the military said.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Up to 15 MNLF gunmen yield as troops near ‘ground zero’

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At least 15 Moro National Liberation Front gunmen under Commander Dasta surrendered around 6 a.m. Thursday, the military said.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino: Military operation in Zamboanga to continue

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Government troopers continue their assault on Muslim rebels Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Zamboanga city in the southern Philippines. Philippine troops battled Muslim rebels on two fronts Thursday, after extremists attacked a second city near the southern port where guerrillas have been holding scores of residents hostage in a four-day standoff with government forces. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File

President Benigno Aquino III said here Friday that military operations would continue in an effort to dislodge Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas who have occupied three seaside districts of this city since Monday.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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