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Military rolls out red carpet for Murad before crucial plebiscite

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In a historic first, the military welcomes MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to Camp Aguinaldo two months before the January 21 Bangsamoro plebiscite

HISTORIC FIRST. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr welcomes MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, November 19. This is a return visit after MILF welcomed Galvez in Camp Darapanan in October. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena / Rappler

Non-ratification of Bangsamoro Law may leave 'fertile ground for extremism'

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:00 AM

To help ensure the Bangsamoro Organic Law's ratification, the government will launch a 'Yes vote' campaign in early December, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

Rappler Talk: Jesus Dureza on preparations for the Bangsamoro plebiscite

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza speaks to Rappler about what the BOL plebiscite means for Mindanao and what lies ahead should the organic law be ratified

Dureza says martial law extension good for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Extending martial law in Mindanao until after the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite on January 21, 2019, could help ensure its success, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

Sulu civil society slams Tan petition against BOL

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:55 PM

'Being a Bangsamoro, a Tausug from Sulu, I would say, I am also free to counter any act of Governor Tan,' says Hadjinur Tingkasan, a Sulu Peace Advocate

SLAMMED. File photo of Sulu province governor Abdusakur Tan II. Photo from the Facebook page of Abdusakur Tan II

MNLF faction reiterates support for Bangsamoro Organic Law

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Moro National Liberation Front faction of former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri assures the government of its support for the landmark law amid efforts to block its implementation

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza discusses the support of an MNLF faction, led by former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri (on Dureza's right), to the BOL in Davao City on November 2, 2018. Photo from OPAPP

MILF ready to contest petition vs Bangsamoro law

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front challenges the motivation of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in questioning the Bangsamoro Organic Law before the Supreme Court

Governor Tan of Sulu runs to Supreme Court to block Bangsamoro law

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:43 PM

This is the first petition filed to challenge the constitutionality of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law. Legislators behind the law have been expecting it.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Neighboring LGUs of Bangsamoro region may ask to be part of plebiscite

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Contiguous local government units have until October 31 to petition the Comelec for inclusion in the January 2019 plebiscite to be part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region

PLEBISCITE SOON. The landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law is up for a plebiscite in Mindanao on January 21, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Islamic scholars calls for unity ahead of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:52 PM

The National Ulama Conference of the Philippines regards the Bangsamoro Organic Law as a means of achieving peace and development for the people of Mindanao

Comelec seeks P857 M for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Sep 20, 2018 - 8:49 PM

'We will find a way just in case they give us nothing,' says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

BANGSAMORO LAW. Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas says the poll body needs P857 million for the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Special voter registrations set for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:25 PM

The satellite voter registrations will be held from September 11 to 13 in the Bangsamoro plebiscite areas in Mindanao

PLEBISCITE SOON. The landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law is up for a plebiscite in Mindanao on January 21, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

25 suspects face criminal charges for Sultan Kudarat bombing

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Suspects are said to be members of a breakaway faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

BLAST. A police investigator (L) gathers evidence at the site of a bomb blast in Isulan town on the southern island of Mindanao on August 29, 2018. File photo by AFP

'Inequality to worsen if Bangsamoro literacy, infrastructure not improved'

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy's Amina Rasul Bernardo calls on the government to prioritize illiteracy and the lack of infrastructure in Mindanao

GAP. Literacy and infrastructure woes need to be addressed to make sure Filipinos in Mindanao will not be left behind.

Plebiscite on Bangsamoro Organic Law set for January 2019

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections schedules the plebiscite on January 21, 2019, when voters will decide on the creation of a new Bangsamoro territory

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presents the Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. Also in the photo are Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Bangsamoro sub-state, not federalism

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM

This political nonsense about 'federalism' should be stopped as an exercise in political witchcraft

Not enough funds for Bangsamoro block grant in proposed 2019 budget

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says they can submit a supplemental budget to finance the mandated annual block grant estimated at around P60 billion

DBM Sec. Diokno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bangsamoro law to be 'vaccine' vs terrorism

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte formally presents the signed Bangsamoro Organic Law to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Bangsamoro law ceremonial signing set for August 6

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The signing of the landmark law, a major accomplishment of the Duterte administration, will be celebrated in a ceremony to be held in Malacañang

  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and other MILF officials including Implementing Panel Chairman Mohair Iqbal, Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces Chief of Staff Sammy Al-Mansoor, and Bangsamoro Supreme Court Chief Khalifa Nando during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. Joining the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on Peace Process USec. Nabil Tan, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año, BGen. Earl Baliao of the AFP, Capt. Nichols Driz of the Philippine Navy, GPH Implementing Panel Chairperson Irene Santiago, and OPAPP ASec. Ma. Cecilia Papa. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to Abu Sayyaf: 'Let's talk'

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:09 AM

A day after signing the Bangsamoro law, President Rodrigo Duterte appeals to terror groups not to spark any conflict while the Bangsamoro government is being set up

PROVINCIAL VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte keynotes the â€69th Araw ng Ipil†at the Ipil Municipal Plaza in Zamboanga Sibugay  on July 26, 2018. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

DOCUMENT: Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Here's the document signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, creating a new Bangsamoro region in place of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and other MILF officials including Implementing Panel Chairman Mohair Iqbal, Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces Chief of Staff Sammy Al-Mansoor, and Bangsamoro Supreme Court Chief Khalifa Nando during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. Joining the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on Peace Process USec. Nabil Tan, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año, BGen. Earl Baliao of the AFP, Capt. Nichols Driz of the Philippine Navy, GPH Implementing Panel Chairperson Irene Santiago, and OPAPP ASec. Ma. Cecilia Papa. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jul 27, 2018 - 2:35 PM

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Duterte signs Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) The law replaces the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the new Bangsamoro region with greater fiscal and political autonomy

File photo by Malacañang

BBL, House Speaker Arroyo, SOGIE | Evening wRap

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:24 PM

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After one-day delay, House ratifies Bangsamoro law

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The ratification should have happened ahead of the 3rd State of the Nation Address, but the leadership showdown at the House of Representatives caused the delay

First on Arroyo’s agenda: Ratify Bangsamoro law, aid to calamity victims

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Prior to her arrival at the House of Representatives on her first full day as Speaker, former president Gloria Arroyo meets with her allies at her La Vista home in Quezon City to organize her transition team

SPEAKER ARROYO. Newly installed Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo talks to the media on Juy 24, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House delays Bangsamoro law ratification over Alvarez-Arroyo showdown

Jul 23, 2018 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) The move to oust Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and install former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo prevents the House of Representatives from ratifying the proposed Bangsamoro law

CAUCUS. Members of the House of Representatives huddle during a break Monday at the opening of the 3rd session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

After Bangsamoro law, a bright yet bumpy path to peace

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

There will be a fight for the hearts and minds of people in the region for them to approve of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in a plebiscite. President Rodrigo Duterte has to convince the political leaders to vote yes.

Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcomed 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

Robredo, LP leaders hail bicam approval of Bangsamoro law

Jul 22, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The law is not just a document, but about charting a better future now for the people of Mindanao,' say leaders of the Liberal Party

PEACE. Vice President and Partido Liberal chairperson Leni Robredo says the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring a better future for the people in Mindanao. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

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

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

BBL Bicam signing. Photo by Mark Pimentel/Office of Senator Angara

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

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

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