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Drilon: Use of aliases should not hinder peace process

Apr 19, 2015 - 4:31 PM

The Senate President says that what is important is that the rebel group recognizes Mohagher Iqbal as their representative to the peace process

Nom de guerre in peace pacts not unique to PH – Deles

Apr 13, 2015 - 1:39 PM

The MILF s chief negotiator reveals he owns a bank account under his alias which Senator Escudero points out is against the anti money laundering law

'SECURITY' FACTOR. MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal says he is using a pseudonym for his and the MILF's security. File photo by Rappler

Mamasapano clash delays passage of Bangsamoro law

Feb 09, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The pending probe in the House of Representatives will make it difficult for the proposed law to be passed by March says the chair of the ad hoc committee tackling the measure

Gov't, MILF sign protocol for arms decommissioning

Jan 30, 2015 - 10:34 AM

The document provides details on how storage areas for decommissioned rebel firearms would be secured

ARMS DEAL. This photo taken on Oct 15, 2012 shows members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) standing in formation during a celebration inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, in the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

SAF-MILF clash may delay Bangsamoro law passage – Drilon

Jan 28, 2015 - 3:51 PM

The Senate is set to probe the clash in Mamasapano Maguindanao that killed 44 policemen

'MISENCOUNTER.' Members of elite Police Special Action Force carry bodies of their comrade who was killed in an encounter in the town of Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, Philippines, 26 January 2015. EPA/ALTHEA BALLENTES

What now after the Maguindanao clash?

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Grand gestures are needed to restore confidence in the peace process

Maguindanao clash casts doubt on peace process

Jan 26, 2015 - 7:56 PM

Congress suspends meetings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law lawmakers call for a probe and 2 senators withdraw their authorship of the proposed law

DEADLY CLASH. Philippine police commandoes load body bags containing the remains of their comrades killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, onto a truck in the town of Mamasapano, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on January 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Mark Navales

Pope Francis endorses Mindanao peace process

Jan 16, 2015 - 3:05 PM

I express my trust that [this] will result in just solutions in accord with the nation s founding principles and respectful of the inalienable rights of all

DIALOGUE. His Holiness Pope Francis gives the Apostolic Blessing during the General Audience of senior Government Officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace for the State Visit and Apostolic Journey to the Republic of the Philippines on Friday, January 16, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan /Malacañang Photo Bureau

Last ARMM speech: Region ready for Bangsamoro

Dec 02, 2014 - 8:19 AM

ARMM governor Mujiv Hataman says his administration was able to bring in social reforms good governance and stability – vital foundations for the creation of the Bangsamoro government

LAST ADDRESS. Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) delivers the 'State of the Region' address in Cotabato City, Philippines, 1 December 2014. Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Decommissioning of MILF arms starts January

Nov 30, 2014 - 11:12 AM

Meanwhile local politicians have started sending feelers to the MILF intending to join the newly formed Bangsamoro Justice Party ahead of the transition government formation and the 2016 polls

ARMS DEAL. This photo taken on Oct 15, 2012 shows members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) standing in formation during a celebration inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, in the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

DOCUMENT: Bangsamoro Basic Law Primer

Nov 28, 2014 - 7:57 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission in cooperation with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the European Union releases a primer on the landmark bill

MILF rebels start arms decommissioning process

Sep 28, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Philippine government and MILF negotiators started meeting in Malaysia to discuss the disarmament process key to ending the insurgency in the country s south and sealing a peace deal

File photo by Rappler

Aquino to endorse Bangsamoro bill to Congress September 10

Sep 08, 2014 - 2:02 PM

President Benigno Aquino III and MILF chair Murad Ebrahim met on September 4 to agree on the final draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

NEXT PHASE. The proposed law which will serve as the legal basic for the final peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is set to be submitted to Congress on September 10, 2014. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Bangsamoro powers alarm Cabinet exec

Sep 02, 2014 - 8:31 AM

Mindanao Development Authority chief Lualhati Antonino laments the planned Bangsamoro s exclusive authority over natural resources in the region

Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, on the shores of Lake Lanao. Photo by Mick Basa / Rappler.com

What next for Aquino and Congress?

Jul 27, 2014 - 5:59 PM

President Aquino must realize he is no longer being compared to past presidents He s being judged on the standard he set: matuwid na daan

Aquino, Murad hold surprise talks in Japan

Jun 26, 2014 - 1:39 PM

The meeting took place Tuesday June 24 on the sidelines of a peace conference in Hiroshima where Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim were guests Malacañang says

AQUINO ARRIVAL. President Benigno Aquino III arrives from his Japan trip which he calls short but productive. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Belmonte to Palace: Submit Bangsamoro bill after SONA

Jun 04, 2014 - 8:26 PM

The House Speaker says lawmakers cannot discuss the bill substantially in just 3 session days They need ample time to study the creation of a political entity more powerful than ARMM

STAKEHOLDERS. Peace supporters gather ahead of the scheduled signing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law on April 20, 2014. Photo by Bangsamoro Transition Commission

Clock is ticking on draft Bangsamoro law

Jun 02, 2014 - 7:37 PM

What is the status of Malacañang s review of the Bangsamoro Basic Law?

URGENT. Time is running out for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo by Bangsamoro Transition Commission

#SelfieForPeace winners to get peace shirts

Apr 05, 2014 - 2:46 PM

50 SelfieForPeace uploaders are receiving commemorative peace shirts

PEACE. Take a selfie for peace. Original photo from AFP

TIMELINE: The long road to the Bangsamoro region

Mar 27, 2014 - 7:55 AM

2nd UPDATE The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is signed March 27 2014 Since then the next step of the journey the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law has gone through major roadblocks

#SelfieForPeace: Take a selfie, be part of history

Mar 22, 2014 - 10:56 AM

Take a selfie for peace Join this campaign from March 24 27 and get the chance to get a commemorative peace T shirt

Gov't, MILF panels back in KL to finalize peace pact details

Mar 21, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Preparations are underway for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Malacañang on March 27

ELUSIVE NO MORE? The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are set to sign a final peace agreement on March 27, 2014 after 17 years of negotiations. Photo by Rappler

Gov't, MILF to ink final peace pact 'end of March'

Feb 28, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Malaysia s Prime Minister Najib Razak makes the announcement after meeting President Benigno Aquino III in Putrajaya

The opportunity that is Mindanao

Feb 02, 2014 - 10:01 AM

If we are able to address the long running problem of underdevelopment and violence in Mindanao there is no reason why we cannot have peace security and development in the rest of the country

Aquino vows to crush 'spoilers'

Jan 29, 2014 - 7:22 PM

President Aquino says the AFP is pursuing lawless elements in Mindanao to seriously degrade their abilities to again act as spoilers

What happens to MILF after peace deal?

Jan 25, 2014 - 10:34 AM

The rebel group sees itself transforming into a social movement even as it works on building a political party in time for the 2016 elections

Gov't, MILF agree on water territories

Jan 24, 2014 - 7:57 PM

Only one hurdle is left: the annex on the decommissioning of rebel firearms

Peace agreement soon? Gov't, MILF optimistic

Jan 23, 2014 - 11:13 PM

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel Ferrer grant a rare joint interview

'No time to lose' in 43rd GPH-MILF talks

Jan 22, 2014 - 2:11 PM

All eyes are on the government and MILF peace panels as they work to complete the last two annexes before the final peace pact can be signed

Gov't, MILF hope to seal firearms deal

Jan 21, 2014 - 1:54 PM

What s left pending is the most sensitive issue in the peace process: firearms

TALKS CONTINUE. Will a final peace agreement be signed in September? File photo by OPAPP

ARMM investments reach P1.4B, up by 157% in 2013

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:17 PM

This is only the second time that the region breaches the P1 billion mark since its creation in 1989 – thanks to the renewed peace talks

Gov't, MILF agree on power sharing

Dec 08, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Panels decide to leave Bangsamoro waters as a separate item to be taken up in January

Palace emissaries arrive in KL for GPH-MILF talks

Dec 07, 2013 - 5:17 PM

Agenda for this round: power sharing deal

No GPH-MILF deal yet on power-sharing

Oct 13, 2013 - 7:54 AM

Despite a marathon session the government and MILF panels reach a technical impasse on details regarding the Bangsamoro s ministerial form of government

DEAL. Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and panel member Abdulla Camlian. Photo by OPAPP

Gov't, MILF extend talks for power-sharing deal

Oct 11, 2013 - 10:14 PM

Friday s talks end at past 9 pm

OBSERVER. Muntinlupa Rep Rodolfo Biazon attend the 41st round of peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. With him in the photo are MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer. Photo by OPAPP

Peace panels back in KL for power-sharing deal

Oct 09, 2013 - 11:17 AM

We want to guarantee the integrity of the outcome says government peace panel head Miriam Coronel Ferrer

GPH-MILF talks end without deal on power sharing, arms

Sep 20, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Proposed changes to power sharing arrangements – both from the government and the MILF – extend the talks

Gov't, MILF extend peace talks another day

Sep 19, 2013 - 8:01 PM

Details of annexes on power sharing and normalization touch on sensitive and emotional issues It s unlikely any deal will be signed this round

TALKS CONTINUE. Will a final peace agreement be signed in September? File photo by OPAPP

MILF: 'Very slim chance' peace deal will be completed this round

Sep 16, 2013 - 10:22 PM

But the government says they are ready and willing to extend

HOPEFUL. The government and the MILF resume talks. File photo by OPAPP

'We can't allow peace process to fail'

Sep 10, 2013 - 11:35 PM

The government and the MILF say they re committed to negotiating an agreement that they hope will establish an inclusive Bangsamoro

HOPEFUL. The government and the MILF resume talks this September. Photo by OPAPP

Gov't, MILF gear up for 'final' round of peace talks

Sep 09, 2013 - 12:57 AM

On the agenda: power sharing between the proposed Bangsamoro political entity and central government and normalization

'Big chance' last 2 annexes signed in September - Iqbal

Aug 25, 2013 - 6:49 PM

Both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front say they are confident the final peace pact will be signed soon

END OF ROUND 39. (L-R) Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Malaysian facilitators' secretariat head Che Kashna, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal sign the Joint Statement at the end of their four-day exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur on August 25, 2013.Photo by OPAPP

Bombings make gov't resolve to complete peace deal stronger

Aug 09, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Palace peace adviser Teresita Deles says a deal toward the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity remains on track

Bangsamoro gets 75% of taxes, resources

Jul 14, 2013 - 5:09 PM

The wealth sharing deal between gov t and MILF provides for 75 25 sharing in favor of Bangsamoro of taxes and profits from natural resources

BREAKTHROUGH. Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed and MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal sign the wealth-sharing annex and joint statement. Photo from OPAPP

GPH-MILF agree on wealth sharing

Jul 13, 2013 - 11:12 PM

3rd UPDATE After a near collapse in the talks both sides sign the annex on wealth sharing and move a step closer to a final peace pact

BREAKTHROUGH. Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed and MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal sign the wealth-sharing annex and joint statement. Photo from OPAPP

GPH-MILF talks: 'Still struggling'

Jul 13, 2013 - 7:51 PM

This is the first time that negotiations extend until the evening indicating how hard both sides are trying to reach an agreement

STILL NO DEAL. The government and MILF peace panels with Secretary Teresita Deles and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. File photo by OPAPP

MILF returns to the negotiating table

Jul 12, 2013 - 9:19 AM

The government peace panel is aiming for good compromises noting that both sides are bogged down by details and missing the forest

CRUNCH TIME. (From left) MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, Malaysian facilitator  Tengku Datuk Abdul Ghafar Tengku Mohamed, government peace panel member Senen Bacani and MILF peace panel member Roberto Alonto. File photo by Rappler

PNoy sends Lacierda to KL for talks

Jul 11, 2013 - 4:40 PM

The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front try to arrive at an agreement on a crucial point: wealth sharing

GPH-MILF talks 'still upward struggle' - Iqbal

Jul 10, 2013 - 5:38 PM

There s only day left for this round of talks Will they manage to arrive at a compromise on wealth sharing?

Peace monitors meet with gov't, MILF

Jul 08, 2013 - 6:12 PM

The Third Party Monitoring Team is tasked to monitor review and assess the final peace pact between the gov t and the MILF

OVERSEERS. (From left) Karen Tañada, Steven Rood, Alistair MacDonald, Zainudin Malang. Photo by OPAPP