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2018 best time to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law – MILF

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front also cautions against making changes in the proposed measure that are not consistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

Duterte not confident BBL allowable by Constitution

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't think the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law can 'hurdle constitutional barriers'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the peace sign as he poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels during the turnover ceremony of the new proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lumad on equal footing with Moro in proposed entity – Iqbal

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:12 AM

Mohagher Iqbal says laws that protect non-Islamized tribes will be recognized in the proposed Bangsamoro entity

LUMADS' WISH. The tribal leaders in Mindanao insist on a Bangsamoro entity that recognizes their right to ancestral domain​. Photo by Mick Basa

MILF's peace deal with PH gov't different from NDF's, says Iqbal

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:01 AM

'For us, what we’re asking is political settlement. We don’t care about the system of government. We don’t care who is running the government.'

TALKING PEACE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte signs the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Malacanang on November 7, 2016. Also in the photo are Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, and GPH Peace Implementing Panel Chair Irene Santiago. Malacanang Photo

Transition commission postpones Bangsamoro Assembly

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission does not specify the reason for the postponement of the event, originally scheduled November 3 to 4

FIRST PLENARY SESSION. The Bangsamoro Transition Council is expected to submit a new draft of the Bangsamoro Law in July. Photo from BTC Facebook page

Dureza hopes no more Palace 'tinkering' of BBL draft

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The completed BBL draft created by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza during the Eid'L Fitr Celebration at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Commission finalizes Bangsamoro Basic Law draft

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Government peace panel chairperson Irene Santiago hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the bill as urgent in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24

Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Implementing Panel Chairperson Irene Santiago, during the Mindanao Hour at Malacañang on June 2, 2017, provides the details on the peace corridor set up by both the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Marawi City. She added that the peace corridor, which serves as a safe refuge for displaced Marawi residents and a venue for humanitarian assistance to pass through, is a testament to how far the peace process between the GPH and the MILF has prospered. Malacañan Photo

Why solidarity with Mindanao requires opposing martial law

May 25, 2017 - 5:33 PM

We need to block rather than support Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao in order to pave the way for a different kind of peace that will not just benefit Mindanaoans but all Filipinos

Rally in Manila on 24, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte 'a bit pessimistic' about Mindanao peace talks

May 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

I m not nervous but I’m a little bit worried that nothing will come of it says Duterte about government talks with the MILF and MNLF

OUTLOOK FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Duterte introduces MNLF chairman Nur Misuari to his Secretaries during a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential photo

Duterte, Nur Misuari to talk peace over dinner in Davao City

Mar 24, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The President says he and MNLF leader Nur Misuari also talked on the phone about a preparatory document for a proposed federal structure

EMBRACING NUR. President Duterte embraces MNLF leader Nur Misuari in Malacañang in November 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

New Malaysian facilitator for Bangsamoro talks

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Dato Kamarudin bin Mustafa replaces the late Tengku Dato Ab Ghafar bin Tengku Mohamed who died of heart failure last year

KUALA LUMPUR MEETING. Representatives of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front held a special meeting in Kuala Lumpur on March 21. OPAPP photo

BTC gets to work, holds 1st meeting to draft Bangsamoro law

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:30 PM

MILF leaders sit down with rival group MNLF and other Mindanao stakeholders to begin work on drafting a revised Bangsamoro Basic Law

FIRST PLENARY SESSION. The Bangsamoro Transition Council is expected to submit a new draft of the Bangsamoro Law in July. Photo from BTC Facebook page

Duterte appeals to Muslims in Mindanao: Resist extremism

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The President asks Mindanaoans to avoid extremism because it will destroy all of us

MINDANAO'S MAN. President Rodrigo Duterte believes extremism could tear the country apart. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PPD

Duterte urged to create Bangsamoro transitional justice commission

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The commission is expected to help address deep rooted grievances of the Bangsamoro people which President Rodrigo Duterte often talks about

PEACE FOR MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte frequently mentions historical injustices committed against Muslims in Mindanao. File photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte to MNLF, MILF: No peace talks if you protect terrorists

Jan 27, 2017 - 6:35 PM

If the two rebel groups harbor terrorists like the Maute Group you might as well forget about peace talks says President Duterte in a speech in front of soldiers

PEACE FOR MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari at Malacañang Palace on November 3, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

Duterte: I'm ready to talk to Abu Sayyaf

Nov 25, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Previously Duterte said he refuses to talk peace with the Abu Sayyaf as it would be like slapping the nation

CONFLICTS IN MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte says he's willing to talk to Abu Sayyaf. File photo by RICHARD MADELO/Presidential Photo

Duterte, Ramos have 'very warm' meeting in Palace

Nov 14, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Despite their differing opinions former president Fidel Ramos and President Rodrigo Duterte talk like friends who obviously respect each other

'VERY WARM.' President Duterte and former President Fidel Ramos meet at Malacañang Palace on November 14, 2016. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

Duterte signs EO creating new Bangsamoro Transition Commission

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:13 PM

The MILF hopes Congress can enact the law creating the Bangsamoro region in time for the 2019 polls when leaders of the new region could be elected

Duterte to meet Misuari in Davao City on week of Oct 10

Oct 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The President says the MNLF leader is coming out of his lair in Jolo and will be escorted to Davao for them to talk

TALKS WITH MISUARI. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza discusses with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari (right) during a hand-over ceremony in Jolo, Sulu. Photo by SIMEON CELI/PPD

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Sep 27, 2016 - 12:31 PM

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Duterte: No amnesty for Abu Sayyaf

Sep 26, 2016 - 10:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is rejecting MNLF leader Nur Misuari s suggestion to include the terrorist group in the Mindanao peace talks

Duterte and Misuari discuss possible meeting in Malaysia

Aug 31, 2016 - 12:42 PM

To make the meeting possible President Duterte says he will order the police and military not to implement the warrant of arrest against the MNLF leader

Gov't, MILF to resume peace talks August 30 in Davao City

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Future talks between the two panels will be held in the Philippines says Peace Process Adviser Jesus Dureza

TALKING PEACE FOR MINDANAO. Government peace panel members and MILF peace panel members meet in Malaysia to resume talks on the Bangsamoro peace process. Photo by Carol Ramoran/Rappler

Duterte targets meeting with Misuari in 2017

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to troops in Jolo Sulu the stomping ground of the Abu Sayyaf

WHEN WILL THEY MEET? President Rodrigo Duterte says a meeting with MNLF chairman Nur Misuari would be crucial to the success of the Mindanao peace process

Duterte to MILF, MNLF: Cut ties with Abu Sayyaf

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:58 PM

If the two Moro separatist groups choose to foster ties with the Abu Sayyaf President Duterte won t have high hopes for the Mindanao peace process

TERROR GROUP. Members of the Abu Sayyaf pose with hostages, two of whom they have already killed

Duterte: If Filipinos don't want federalism, I will support BBL

Jul 08, 2016 - 7:45 PM

President Duterte also asks for patience saying federalism will not come overnight

MINDANAOAN. President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech at a gathering of Muslim leaders in Davao City on July 8, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Bello pushes for BBL, ‘marshall plan’ for Mindanao

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Senatorial candidate Dionisio Santiago for his part says everyone wants peace but the BBL has ‘unconstitutional’ provisions

Walden Bello, by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Next president: No choice but to pursue peace with MILF

Mar 28, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Despite obstacles peace panels from the Philippine government and the MILF say there s reason to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the peace deal with the MILF

Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

MILF warns ISIS seeking foothold in Mindanao

Mar 07, 2016 - 2:43 PM

Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim says ISIS seeks to capitalize on growing frustration over the breakdown of efforts to end a decades long Muslim separatist rebellion in Mindanao

ISIS IN PH? Malacanang says there are no verified reports that ISIS is supporting local terror groups in the Philippines.

With BBL 'dead,' transitional justice key to Mindanao peace efforts

Feb 27, 2016 - 9:27 PM

While the proposed BBL was not passed in the 16th Congress the Third Party Monitoring Team of the Bangsamoro peace process says there has been progress in efforts to achieve peace in Mindanao

WORKING FOR PEACE. Peace negotiators say the support of the international community is essential in the peace process. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Bangsamoro Basic Law is not yet dead

Feb 03, 2016 - 6:44 PM

We may have lost one track of the Bangsamoro peace process but combating violent extremism and holding on to peace remain to be the better option to attaining right to self determination

With BBL 'dead', Aquino to strengthen Mindanao peace gains

Jan 29, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Malacañang says it expects the next Philippine leader to sustain the peace process

STRENGTHEN PEACE GAINS. Malacañang says President Benigno S. Aquino III will continue to fortify the gains in the peace process until he steps down on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Cardinal Quevedo on BBL: 'Peace on the altar of politics'

Jan 28, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Speaking to Rappler the first cardinal from Mindanao also hits the reopened Mamasapano probe as purely political

MINDANAO'S 1ST CARDINAL. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, then secretary-general of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, gestures as he speaks during a press briefing at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila on Aug 15, 2009. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Pope hits Christmas Eve attacks by BIFF

Dec 29, 2015 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis ‘asks all believers to reject violence in the name of God as the BIFF claims the attacks as part of a holy war

CHRISTMAS SEASON. Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus near the central altar inside Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, on December 27, 2015, before presiding over a Mass for families. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

The Leader I Want: Alan Cayetano's to-fix list for 2016

Nov 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series looks at Alan Peter Cayetano s stand on key issues that the next vice president will have to address

CAYETANO'S PH. Alan Peter Cayetano says he can bring 'true change' if elected vice president of the Philippines. File photo from Cayetano's Facebook Page

Aquino extends Bangsamoro Transition Commission

Aug 30, 2015 - 1:20 PM

The new executive order allows the commission to function until the ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

In this file photo, President Benigno S. Aquino lll witnesses the hand over of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Mohagher Iqbal and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles to Speaker of the House Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon during the turnover ceremony at Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace, September 10, 2014. Photo by Rey Baniquet/NIB/Malacañang Photo Bureau

CBCP: Leave Bangsamoro law issues to SC

Jul 18, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Everyone wants peace everyone wants a kind of BBL Catholic bishops say as they back a BBL rooted in social justice

PEACE IN MINDANAO. Filipino Muslims join a rally for peace in Manila as lawmakers debate a proposed law to create a more powerful autonomous Muslim region. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Hold on to peace, Murad tells supporters

Jul 17, 2015 - 10:59 PM

MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ibrahim tells supporters to “hold on to the peace process” at Eid’l Fitr celebration

CELEBRATION. Hundreds of faithful troop to the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, named after the Sultan of Brunei who funded the construction of the biggest mosque in the Philippines, to celebrate Eid'l Fitr in Cotabato City. Photo by Edwin Espejo / Rappler

FULL TEXT: Mamasapano valedictorian's speech at #HearMindanao

Jul 14, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Norombai Utto the young girl who has inspired many after the Mamasapano tragedy says: Pangarap ko pong muling masilayan ang mga batang masayang naglalaro nang walang pangamba sa aming komunidad

Substitute Bangsamoro bill: Proposals from senators so far

Jun 24, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Here is a list of current suggestions from the Senate on the Bangsamoro bill

AMENDMENTS. What proposed changes to the Bangsamoro bill have emerged from the Senate so far? Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Drilon eyes September passage for Bangsamoro bill in Senate

Jun 08, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon opposes the opt in provision

TIMETABLE. Muslim groups call for the immediate passage of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bangsamoro bill: 7 issues for PH, MILF to resolve

Jun 01, 2015 - 7:13 PM

With such a tight deadline will lawmakers manage to legislate a peace deal within the bounds of the Constitution?

War and chicken hawks

Mar 02, 2015 - 10:00 AM

They act like hawks calling for war because they do not understand the inhumanity of war

The front lines of Mamasapano

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM

When he is found on the cornfield where elite cops clashed with rebel forces in Mamasapano town farmer Badrudin Langalan was lifeless face down on the ground his arms bound behind him

MAMASAPANO WIDOW. Sarah Lawani-Langalan, wife of Basrudin. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Dealing with MILF: It's knowledge, not intelligence

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:00 AM

We really know very little about the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

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

Philippines condemns, vows to help 'thwart' ISIS

Sep 17, 2014 - 3:40 PM

The Philippines keeps close watch on the possible recruitment by ISIS and other foreign extremist groups in the Southeast Asian country

GLOBAL OUTRAGE. Demonstrators hold placards as they protest against the actions of Islamic State in Iraq outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2014. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

New deadline: Bangsamoro bill in Congress before Sept 13

Sep 02, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Teresita Deles says the proposed Bangsamoro law will be in Congress before President Benigno Aquino III embarks on his Europe trip

DEADLINE. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has yet to file the draft Bangsamoro law to Congress. File photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

ISIS threat shows need for Mindanao peace – Quevedo

Aug 26, 2014 - 4:44 PM

It is horrendous if Filipino terrorists have pledged allegiance to the jihadist Islamic State the first cardinal from Mindanao tells Rappler

REJECTED WORLDWIDE. Demonstrators at a rally supporting Kurdistan hold placards protesting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS in front of the White House on August 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

MILF's Iqbal attends SONA

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:55 PM

The President is expected to tackle the Bangsamoro draft law during his SONA

READY. The Batasang Pambansa ahead of President Aquino's 2014 State of the Nation Address. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler