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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 »

MILF forms political party

Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front  AP FILE PHOTO

The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines says it has formed a political party as it turns away from a decades-long rebellion after signing a peace pact with the government.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

New terms given for resumption of talks with communists

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles: New terms. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The government will restart peace talks with the communists only if both sides have a “doable and time-bound agenda.”

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

MILF chair: Let’s guard peace gains

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Murad Ibrahim. AFP FILE PHOTO

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Ebrahim Murad said that the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro embodied the dreams of Moro revolutionary forces.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t peace deal with MILF founded on consultations – Ferrer

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Miriam Coronel-Ferrer  File Photo

The ultimate goal of the Philippine government in signing its historic peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is to bring peace to the ordinary child in Mindanao, according to government chief negotiator, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

People’s support to CAB, Bangsamoro law crucial to Mindanao peace — MILF

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Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chair for political affairs.  FILE PHOTO

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) serves as the vehicle to progress for the Moro people but it would not move forward if not given the support it needs.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t peace negotiator seeks meeting with Santiago over peace pact with MILF

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Chief government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer AFP FILE PHOTO

The head of the government panel that negotiated peace with the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is seeking to meet with Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, presumably because of the senator’s opinion that the peace deal she negotiated was unconstitutional.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Moro deal illegal–Santiago

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The recently signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) appears to facilitate the secession of a Bangsamoro region from the country and, thus, is unconstitutional, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Wednesday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Duterte urges gov’t to pursue peace with NPA

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Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. FILE PHOTO

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the government should review the previous agreements on the safe conduct passes granted to communist leaders taking part in the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), saying he heard it “from the distant past” that the Tiamzon couple was granted those passes.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Up to Reds if they want peace or not–Palace

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FIRING LINE  Guerrillas of the New People’s Army, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, form an assault line during a visit by journalists to their camp at an undisclosed place in the Cordilleras. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The next move is up to the communists. Malacañang on Saturday said it was up to the communist movement to signal their next move after another insurgent group—the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)—signed a peace agreement with the government last week.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Communist rebels should state clearly what they want, says Palace aide

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The signing Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro INQUIRE FILE PHOTO

It is up to the local communist movement what to do next in light of the government’s recent peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Malacañang said Saturday.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cotabato prelate pushes for inter-religious dialogue, culture of peace in Mindanao

cotabato city map

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said Saturday his archdiocese was pushing for the twin goals of more inter-religious dialogues between Christians, Muslims and indigenous communities and the development of a “culture of peace” in Mindanao to complement the newly signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

MILF arms to be mothballed, not destroyed

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Moro Islamic Liberation Front AFP FILE PHOTO

Like a car, the rebels’ cache of firearms would be “garaged” under lock and key, officials said Friday.

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

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