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SWS says Filipinos 'neutral' on proposed Bangsamoro law

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:44 AM

The Social Weather Stations survey also shows that Filipinos tend to believe the proposed Bangsamoro law will help bring peace in Mindanao

PROPOSED BBL. Members of the House and the Senate pose for a picture during the ceremonial signing of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law during a bicameral conference in the Senate on July 18, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Fariñas stands by constitutionality of draft Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:18 AM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas welcomes moves to challenge the bill before the Supreme Court

BICAM FINISHED. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (2nd from L) and Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri (2nd from R) present the draft Bangsamoro Organic Law together with BTC chairperson Ghazali Jaafar (middle) and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal (1st from R). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bicam OKs final Bangsamoro bill for Duterte signature

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law ahead of his 3rd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

BBL proves self-governance possible without federalism – Drilon

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon says the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is an example of how the 1987 Constitution 'allows the alleged benefits of federalism to be done by legislation'

AGAINST CHA-CHA. Senator Franklin Drilon continues to oppose the proposal to shift to a federal system of government. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Plebiscite, preamble, PH laws among last issues at Bangsamoro bicam

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri misses his target to finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday, July 17, because of issues raised by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

CAUCUS. Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar speaks to journalists after a caucus with the bicameral conference committee in Mandaluyong City on July 17, 2018, to discuss the BTC’s issues concerning the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law’s preamble and other provisions. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Bicam OKs joint powers for Bangsamoro, DOE on energy sources

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says the bicameral conference committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law decided to adopt the Senate version on the matter

ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. Senate Majority Leader and bicam chairperson Miguel Zubiri announces another provision in the proposed BBL they have agreed on. File photo by the House of Representatives

BBL's hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf?

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

It's a deadlock at the bicameral conference committee

HOT ISSUE. Maguindanao 1st District Representative Bai Sandra Sema (middle) and Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali (R) fight for the Bangsamoro's jurisdiction over the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam approves creation of Shari'ah High Court in Bangsamoro

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Under the proposed Bangsamoro justice system, Shari'ah or Islamic law would only be applicable to Muslims. But non-Muslims may volunteer to submit to the jurisdiction of Shari'ah courts.

SHAR'IAH LAW. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says they have already adopted provisions establishing the Bangsamoro justice system on July 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bicam draft 'not a watered-down BBL,' says BTC chair Jaafar

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Bangsamoro Transition Commission chair Ghazali Jaafar says they understand President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to endorse the provision requiring the approval of the mother units before areas in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato can join the Bangsamoro

'NOT WATERED DOWN.' BTC chairperson and MILF vice chairperson Ghazali Jaafar grants a media interview on the proposed BBL on July 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte ends BBL impasse: Mother LGUs' vote needed for inclusion in Bangsamoro

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The 6 towns of Lanao del Norte and 39 North Cotabato barangays will have to get the support of their province and municipalities, respectively, before they can join, contrary to what the Bangsamoro Transition Commission wants

HOUSE VERSION ADOPTED. President Rodrigo Duterte tells the bicameral conference committee on July 11, 2018, to adopt the House version’s provision on the coverage of the Bangsamoro region. In this file photo, Mindanao lawmakers celebrate the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Lanao del Norte's Dimaporo ready to question an unconstitutional BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'We're all adults here. If I don't get what I want and I feel that this is unconstitutional, I'll challenge it in the Supreme Court, period,' says Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Khalid Dimaporo

Photo by Camille Elemia

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:40 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit 2018 held at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center (ACC) in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on July 10, 2018, assures that he will continue to promote ease of doing business to make the country a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive.

How heightened emotions, stress define bicam on proposed BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions flare as lawmakers finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. It is expected to continue, especially as they try to break the impasse on the most crucial issues of territory and plebiscite.

BBL BICAMERAL. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Monday met in a bicameral conference to reconcile their respective proposals, House Bill 6475 and Senate Bill 1717, on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas headed the House panel while Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri led the Senate panel. The House delegation is composed of Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, and Representatives Juan Pablo Bondoc, Arthur Defensor Jr., Johnny Ty Pimentel, Eugene Michael De Vera, Pedro Acharon Jr., Mauyag Papandayan Jr., Ruby Sahali, Rodolfo Albano III, Amihilda Sangcopan, Wilter Wee Palma II, Celso Lobregat, Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, Abdullah Dimaporo, Romeo Acop, Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Shernee Abubakar Tan, and Rodante Marcoleta. The Senate panel includes Senators Sonny Angara, Aquilino Pimentel III, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Francis Escudero, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, and Francis Pangilinan. Senate President Vicente Sotto III was also present for the deliberations. (P Camero/CMB Engracia)

Bicam to seek Duterte help to solve Bangsamoro plebiscite deadlock

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) The panel is set to go to Malacañang on Wednesday, July 11, as the House and Senate contingent could not agree on how to finalize the plebiscite in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

Bicam OKs freedom of religion in proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We need to be mindful of the fact that people are harassed or subjected to violence because of their choice of beliefs in certain areas of the country,' says Senator Joel Villanueva, proponent of the clause promoting religious freedom in the region

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam adopts Senate provision vs Bangsamoro firearms purchase

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'What if 30 years down the line...there’s a new brand of leadership that goes into the Bangsamoro and they’re radicalized...and they want to do some foolishness and they will buy firearms, tanks, and airplanes with the funds?' asks Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Lawmakers' fear of territorial loss delays final BBL scope, plebiscite

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:43 PM

'I understand the positions of district congressmen because it's a loss of territory for them and medyo mabigat 'yan and malalim….Diyan medyo madugo,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, co-chair of the bicameral conference committee

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

The push for indigenous people's provisions in BBL

Jul 10, 2018 - 2:06 PM

If the BBL is a template for federalism, the more we need to articulate indigenous people's rights in it because IPs are not only found in the Bangsamoro core area but scattered throughout the country

Bicam makes release of funds easier for Bangsamoro

Jul 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Bangsamoro would no longer be required to specify plans before getting its share of the national internal revenue, but the bicameral conference committee says measures remain in place to ensure proper spending

BLOCK GRANT. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri speaks to reporters at the end of the first day of the bicameral conference committee meetings on the BBL. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Why Drilon didn't push for anti-dynasty in BBL bicam

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'As a form of protest, I did not argue and push for its adoption anymore because the provision, as crafted, is useless,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, proponent of the anti-political dynasty provision

Sen. Frankin Drilon Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

Bangsamoro territory in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato still up for debate

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers anticipate difficult discussions on how these areas would be included in the Bangsamoro region

TERRITORY TALKS. Members of the bicameral conference committee on the BBL meet on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP. Photo courtesy of P Camero/CMB Engracia

Bicam drops anti-dynasty provision in Bangsamoro bill

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, some members of which belong to political families, has strongly opposed the ban on dynasties, saying it is a 'clear violation' of a person's right to vote and be voted

Bicameral Committee. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

BBL bicam OKs 75-25 Bangsamoro, central gov’t wealth sharing

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says the Bangsamoro Transition Commission has disagreed with the Senate proposal to decrease the current wealth-sharing terms to 50-50

BICAM. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri (R) and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (L) during the bicam meeting on the BBL on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Final version of BBL must pass ‘test of constitutionality,’ say bicam members

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law's constitutional issues must be resolved to avoid a scenario where the Supreme Court will later deem it unconstitutional

BICAM BEGINS. The bicameral conference committee members begin their week-long meetings on the proposed BBL. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bicam to reconcile conflicting provisions of Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 09, 2018 - 6:53 AM

The work is cut out for the lawmakers forming the bicameral conference committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, with its House and Senate versions proposing conflicting amendments

BICAM BEGINS. Legislators will spend a week to tackle the conflicting provisions in the House and Senate versions of the BBL

BBL compliant with peace deal ‘only course’ to achieving peace – groups

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:44 PM

As Congress is set to decide on a final version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law in July, civil groups from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur urge lawmakers to restore deleted provisions that would create a 'strong' Bangsamoro state

PEACE. Civil groups from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur urge the government to restore previously deleted provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao town center

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The military says it foiled an attempt of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to occupy the town hall of Datu Paglas town after a 9-hour operation that included air strikes on Tuesday, July 3

CLASH. Troops clash with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a Maguindanao town center. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion

IN PHOTOS: Learn about Bangsamoro heritage through this village

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The expo was opened to public on June 18 and will stay open until the end of December 2018

LOCAL COLOR. Bangsamoro culture is on full display at the ARMM villages' expo in Cotabato City. All photos by Amir Mawallil/Rappler

Congress 'absolutely needs' to clarify BBL will not grant secession – Carpio

Jun 23, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'If there is even a shadow of doubt, then the right to self-determination can be interpreted in the light of the long history of secessionist movements,' says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

CLARIFY BBL. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio calls on Congress to clarify provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law which may open up the possibility of secession. Photo by Rappler

Military probes pregnant woman's death in Maguindanao mortar strike

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:12 AM

While waiting for the result of the probe, the military sends representatives to provide financial support and condole with the families of the victims

DISPLACED. File photo of Pagalungan town residents who fled their homes last week due to military air strikes in Maguindanao. Photo from the DSWD-ARMM's Facebook page

Duterte hopes for Nur Misuari's input in BBL

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:52 PM

"'Pag hindi naman tayo nagka-aregluhan, eh ako nasa gitna, mahirapan ako, sino'ng barilin ko?' asks President Rodrigo Duterte

MEETING WITH MISUARI. In this March 2017 photo, President Duterte hugs MNLF chairman Nur Misuari during their meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City. Malacañang photo

On Eid'l Fitr, senators hope BBL will become law

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The lawmakers believe the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is pending at the bicameral conference committee level in Congress, will bring peace in Mindanao

EID'L FITR. Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcome the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Military says 15 BIFF fighters killed in Maguindanao offensive

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The military adds that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are working for the quick return of residents displaced by the offensive

Final version of BBL holds fate of Mindanao peace process

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front seeks to restore deleted provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which implements a peace deal with the government

Difficult work ahead to reconcile Senate, House versions of BBL

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The ban on political dynasties, the powers given to officials, and the tax scheme in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law are only some of the contentious proposals that both chambers of Congress need to iron out

ARMM Governor says final BBL should comply with peace deal

May 31, 2018 - 8:02 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives versions of the BBL bill water down the powers of the proposed new Bangsamoro region

FAR BETTER. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman stays firm in his belief that the Bangsamoro Basic Law is 'far better' than the current structure of the region. File photo by Mark Cristino

Zubiri: Senate's BBL version complies with Constitution

May 31, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The MILF is expected to push hard to restore key provisions that were removed or revised by both chambers

HUDDLE. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Sourced photo

AFP chief welcomes BBL passage as 'antidote to terrorism'

May 31, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The new Bangsamoro region will make way for 'more cooperative management' between the military and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, says Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr is a known advocate of the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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May 31, 2018 - 7:05 PM

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P6.3-M reward for tipster in BIFF bombmaker Basit Usman's death

May 31, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The informant against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters bombmaker Basit Usman is one of several recipients of reward money totaling P27.6 million in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo

REWARD MONEY. The Philippine military hands out reward money to 10 informants in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on May 31, 2018. Rappler photo

Duterte on BBL: No separate Bangsamoro police, military

May 31, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Malacañang says it's up to Congress to ensure every provision in the Bangsamoro Basic Law is constitutional

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Republic Act 11033 'Converting the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology into a State University' and Republic Act 11032 or 'Ease of Doing Business Act' during the ceremonial enactment at Malacañan Palace on May 28, 2018. Joining the President are Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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May 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Bangsamoro region ‘lesser than ARMM’ feared

May 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

The real battle for the powers of the new Bangsamoro region will take place during the bicameral conference committee hearings, when the Senate and the House reconcile their versions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

HUDDLE. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 29, 2018. Sourced photo

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May 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo  taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Congress approves proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

May 31, 2018 - 12:59 AM

The Senate version is way different from the original proposal of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. The battleground shifts to the bicameral conference committee, which will be convened during the break.

House approves proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

May 30, 2018 - 5:04 PM

(UPDATED) District representatives replace House Bill No. 6475 with a substitute bill containing the amendments they want to introduce in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

APPROVED. Lawmakers gave their nod to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 30, 2018.

Senate dissects Bangsamoro’s fiscal autonomy on last day of session

May 30, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law should be able to stand Supreme Court review, citing the failure of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain, which was declared unconstitutional

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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May 30, 2018 - 12:21 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the San Beda University (SBU) Commencement Exercises at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 29, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

BIFF firearms factory dismantled in Maguindanao

May 30, 2018 - 10:40 AM

But suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are able to flee the area before police commandos can apprehend them