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‘It’s like a hero’s burial’: Thousands attend MILF leader’s funeral

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:33 PM

Ghazali Jaafar, the key MILF leader who brought the peace process to the finish line, dies at 75. The crowd at his funeral in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, was nothing locals had seen in recent history.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Ghazali Jaafar died on March 13, 2019, more than two weeks after members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority took their oath of office in Malacañang. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ghazali Jaafar, Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman, dies

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:15 AM

(5th UPDATE) Jaafar's passing comes just over two weeks after the new members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority members took their oath of office in Malacañang

NEW CHAPTER. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with new members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority after their oath-taking ceremony in Malacañang. RTVM Screenshot

Drug surrenderers, IPs, MILF members to get TESDA training March 2019

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:20 PM

TESDA Director General Isidro Lapeña says training will start with a 'core group' of some 2,000 MILF rebel returnees, 1,000 Higaonon IPs, and 1,800 drug surrenderers

TRAINING. Thousands of drug surrenderers, IPs, former rebels will start skills training unde the TESDA's special clients program. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Fighter to minister: Philippine Muslim rebel's new 'struggle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:16 PM

After decades as a rebel, Murad Ebrahim will need to become a bureaucrat

BANGSAMORO VOTE. Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Murad Ebrahim votes for the first time in his life on January 21, 2019, for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Moro youth might rebel if Lanao del Norte votes ‘no’ – MILF lawyer

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:40 PM

In the February 6 plebiscite, should the votes of the 6 municipalities and their mother province differ, the municipalities will not become part of the new Bangsamoro region

FIGHTING DISENFRANCHISEMENT. Salahoden Benhamza, legal officer for the MILF's Northwestern Mindanao Command, said a 'No' vote during the Lanao del Norte BOL plebiscite could disenfranchise Moro youth during a press briefing on February 1, 2019, in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Commander Bravo urges Lanao voters: Vote 'yes' for peace

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The alternative is continued violence, warns the MILF commander as Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato gear up for the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite

Commander Bravo and his troops on January 31, 2019

Crackdown on firearms, private armies a priority for Bangsamoro gov't – Murad

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The MILF chairman is also confident that the interim Bangsamoro government can combat ISIS influence in Muslim Mindanao

Ebrahim Murad. Rappler

AFP, PNP on heightened alert after Jolo Cathedral explosions

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

THE WOUNDED. Hospital staff attend to the wounds of the Jolo cathedral bombing victims. Photo courtesy of PTV

MILF submits list of nominees for members of Bangsamoro government

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The list of 41 names, submitted the week before the Bangsamoro plebiscite, includes at least 3 women, one Christian, and one member of an ethnic group

Milf chairman Al Hadh Ebrahim Murad votes for the first time in his life during the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebescite on January 21,2019 in Simuay Junction Elementary school in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

After plebiscite, MILF chief says hardest struggle ‘will be the struggle against ourselves’

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:30 AM

'We will see this as a really huge challenge,' says the MILF chief hours after he voted yes in the January 21 plebiscite

MILF chief Ebrahim Murad. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

MILF member caught with loaded gun at Lanao del Sur polling center

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Police identify 62-year-old Ibrahim Sampiano as a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's 'inner guard 2nd Brigade'

‘Our day is here’: MILF member casts vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Former rebel Muhammad Ali, 74, says, 'Pantay-pantay na ang lahat ng tao. Kristyano, babae, mga IP, at pati rin kaming mga Muslim'

LONG ROAD TO PEACE. Muhammad Ali, 74, casts his vote at the Lugay-Lugay Central School in Cotabato City on January 21, 2019 – an act he waited for decades to do. Rappler photo

MILF chairman Murad casts vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Murad Ebrahim says he wants the Bangsamoro Organic Law to be an 'instrument of peace'

FIRST TIME VOTER. MILF chairmam Murad Ebrahim arrives at the Simuay Junction Central Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, a province expected to vote overwhelmingly for ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Without guns, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces prepare to help protect BOL vote

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Some 1,200 individuals, a mix of unarmed members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces and volunteers, will be deployed to Cotabato City precincts on Monday, January 21, to help ensure peace

WATCH: MILF, government push for Cotabato City in final campaign rally

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Votes for and against what is considered the 'crown jewel' of the Bangsamoro region remain split days ahead of the plebiscite

FINAL PUSH. The final campaign event for the Bangsamoro plebiscite is spent convincing residents of Cotabato City to support the law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[OPINION] Yes or No: BOL plebiscite

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The support of the BOL now should not end with the final vote count of the mid-term elections. The success of the Bangsamoro is our success as a nation.

Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Bangsamoro plebiscite a 'golden opportunity to decide what is good for us'

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I am very happy because at least I spent my precious life to have this Bangsamoro Organic Law for the benefit of our people, for the benefit of our children and grandchildren, and from generation to generation,' says the MILF's Jannati Mimbantas

JANNATI MIMBATAS. "There is no reason for us to trigger our arms because we now have the meaningful government," said the Front Commander of the Northeastern Mindnao Front of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces.

MILF questions 'efforts to block residents' from Bangsamoro event

Dec 11, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Residents were supposedly asked to present identification to attend a campaign event in Cotabato City for the Bangsamoro Organic Law

CAMPAIGN. Residents gather for a campaign rally in support of the Bangsamoro law. Photo from Bangsamoro Transition Commission Facebook

Over 150,000 ex-MILF fighters to vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Commission on Elections also says a total of 2.8 million voters registered for the plebiscite, exceeding the target

VOTE. Over 150,000 former MILF fighters registered to vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gov't, MILF kick off campaign for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:47 AM

MILF peace panel head Mohagher Iqbal says the landmark law is a 'formula for peace' that will benefit Muslims and non-Muslims

CAMPAIGN. Officials from the MILF and government call on the public to particiapte in the Bangsamoro plebiscite as its campaign period kicks off on December 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Military, MILF prepare to secure Bangsamoro vote vs violence

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Military officials and Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders discuss security preparations for the January 2019 plebiscite during the historic Camp Aguinaldo visit of MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

END OF WAR. Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr and MILF Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces chief Sammy Al Mansour at a news briefing in Camp Aguinaldo on November 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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

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

AFP chief Galvez makes 'historic' visit to MILF's Camp Darapanan

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Philippine military chief Carlito Galvez Jr goes to Camp Darapanan a few months after Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders visited Camp Aguinaldo

PEACE PROCESS. AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr visited the MILF's Camp Darapanan.

LOOK: Armed MILF allowed to register for 2019 polls in Lanao del Norte

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:59 PM

MILF combatants are not allowed to enter Lanao del Norte if they are armed and in uniform, says governor-turned-lawmaker Khalid Dimaporo

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

Historic visit: PH military welcomes MILF to Camp Aguinaldo

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) At a critical stage of the Bangsamoro peace process, the Philippine military rolls out the red carpet at the headquarters for officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

HISTORIC VISIT. Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, including high-ranking officials of the Moro Islamoc Liberation Front, pay a courtesy call to Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on July 12, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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

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

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

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

BBL passage by end of May? 'We'll still give it a try,' says Pimentel

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says this follows the timeline of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chair of the Senate subcommittee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In meeting with Duterte, lawmakers vow to pass BBL by May

Mar 28, 2018 - 5:10 PM

If Congress does not pass the Bngsamoro Basic Law, Duterte plans to use his 'residual powers' to help further the cause for peace in Mindanao, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghadzali Jaafar and MILF Peace Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal during a meeting in Davao City on March 27, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lawmakers tell Duterte they'll pass BBL by end of May

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:32 PM

Leaders of Congress say they aim to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law by May 30 of this year

Con-Com members point out challenges for BBL with federal shift

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:59 PM

MILF officials maintain that the Bangsamoro Basic Law should be passed before the ratification of a new federal constitution

Another Marawi possible, MILF chief warns

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:23 PM

'This ISIS group continues to penetrate us because they are being displaced in the Middle East and they want to have another place,' Murad Ebrahim says. 'The chances of having another Marawi cannot be overruled.'

ANOTHER MARAWI? Murad Ebrahim, chairman of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), gestures as he speaks during a Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) forum in Manila on February 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Senators to battle-weary Marawi: 'We will pass Bangsamoro law'

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'We should pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, as this is seen by the people to bring lasting peace,' says Senator Cynthia Villar during a congressional hearing in Marawi City

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents listen to the public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

MILF to be transformed into NGO once Bangsamoro Basic Law passed

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:02 AM

MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim reveals the plan when asked about the future of the group after the passage and implementation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

MILF CHAIRMAN. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, MILF chairman, is upbeat about the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law under the Duterte administration. Rappler file photo

Dela Rosa on war on drugs, MILF on BBL, LTO revokes Lopez license | Evening wRap

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

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Duterte promises expanded Bangsamoro region

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) The President proposes a Congress session where leaders of various groups, including MILF and MNLF, can present their versions of the Bangsamoro basic law

PRIORITY. President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates to MILF leaders on Monday, November 27, 2017, the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law remains a priority of his administration. Presidential file photo

MILF on BBL, Dela Rosa on war on drugs, Miss Universe 2017 | Midday wRap

Nov 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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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

Duterte warns of 'trouble' if BBL not passed swiftly

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:35 AM

'If we do not act on it expeditiously, I think that we are headed for trouble,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte emphasizes how Japan has been supporting the country in its pursuit of peace and development in Mindanao during his speech at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 29, 2017 prior to his departure for a two-day official visit to Japan. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants BBL 'game plan' before certifying it as urgent

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The President gathers MILF leaders BTC members Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in a meeting in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Duterte (left) shares a conversation with OPAPP Secretary Jesus Dureza (right) during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

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Sep 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

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Duterte to MILF: BBL still a priority

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells MILF leaders that he will talk to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez about the passage of the BBL

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Moro Islamic Liberation Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. Also joining Murad are Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace implementing panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Why the Lumad are asking for another version of BBL

Sep 02, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Teduray leader Timuay Santos Unsad says the current version of the proposed BBL does not include provisions protecting non Islamized indigenous tribes

10 MILF fighters dead in clashes with ISIS-linked groups

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:58 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is seeking to prevent a different group from gaining a foothold in an area of Mindanao island that it calls its own senior rebel leader Mohagher Iqbal says

TO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) wading through a flooded farm on his way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, Mindanao. Photo by  Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP