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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

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

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

Should we be worried about Con-Com's draft transitory provisions?

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The proposed charter creates a powerful Federal Transition Commission which, according to a Con-Com member, lacks safeguards against abuse

Ret. Associate Justice Antonio Nachura, Ret. Chief Justice Renato Puno and former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. leads the 22 member Constitutional Committee as they approve the draft Charter for the proposed PH federal gov’t at the PICC in Pasay City on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Congress leaders to meet with Duterte over struggle in BBL compromise

May 28, 2018 - 2:45 PM

If all goes well during the meeting with the President, the House leadership will bring the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to the plenary for 2nd and 3rd reading approval on Tuesday, May 29

NO COMPROMISE YET. House leaders meet with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and government officials to discuss amendments to the BBL on May 22, 2018. File photo from House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

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

Zamboanga City wants guarantees it won't be included in the Bangsamoro

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Zamboanga City should never be included in the Bangsamoro, says city Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar

BBL TALKS. The Joint Public Hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law Bills in Zamboanga on February 9, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Proposed BBL under Duterte is constitutional – transition commission

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:40 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr fears the conflict in Mindanao would worsen if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. Present in the meeting are BTC officials including Chair Ghazali Jaafar, Haron Abas, Ibrahim Ali, Hussin Amin, Susana Anayatin, Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, Hatimil Hassan, Raissa Jajurie Gafur Kanain, Jose Lorena, Mussolini Lidasan, Abdulraof Macaua, Hussein Muñoz, Romeo Saliga, Omar Sema Said Shiek Ammal Solaiman and Timuay Ulama. Joining the BTC are the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel led by Mohaqher Iqbal and composed of Abhoud Syed Lingga, Abdulla Camlian, Marjanie Macasalong, Hadji Estino, Jun Mantawil, Mohajirin Ali and Eddie Alih. Accompanying the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Nabil Tan, GPH Peace Panel members Diosita Andot, Dickson Hermoso and Ronald Asuncion; Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL 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

DOCUMENT: Revised draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 18, 2017 - 2:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte commits to push for the legislation that will complete the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Duterte to meet lawmakers before martial law expires

Jul 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The agenda is expected to include martial law in Mindanao and the newly drafted Bangsamoro Basic Law

MEETING LAWMAKERS. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with lawmakers on July 17, 2017, days before martial law in Mindanao expires. Malacañang file photo

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Bangsamoro member resigns over Duterte rape joke, martial law

May 31, 2017 - 10:10 AM

Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc Tomawis quits after President Rodrigo Duterte s controversial remarks about soldiers raping women and his martial law declaration

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

OPAPP hopes to start work on new Bangsamoro law in January

Dec 30, 2016 - 3:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to name in January 2017 the members of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission that is tasked to draft the Bangsamoro bill

WAITING FOR THE NAMES. Photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte and MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during the signing of the executive order creating the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Council on November 7, 2016. OPAPP file 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

Bangsamoro gov't should be able to stand on its feet – Iqbal

Sep 19, 2015 - 2:58 PM

The MILF is open to improvements on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law but its autonomy should be respected MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal says

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

Marcos blasts ‘gag order’ on SAF-MILF clash

Jan 28, 2015 - 5:49 PM

Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr says he has been unable to talk to key playes in the peace process to determine what really happened in the January 25 misencounter

'FACTS, PLEASE.' Senator Bongbong Marcos says he will only resume the Bangsamoro law hearings once it's clear what happened in Maguindanao. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Legal experts take on Bangsamoro bill

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Will the ghost of the failed Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domains haunt discussions?

LEGISLATIVE MILL. 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

House panel wants original Bangsamoro draft

Sep 24, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Teresita Deles says President Benigno Aquino III would decide on how to respond to the request

NITTY-GRITTY.  Peace negotiators answer questions from lawmakers on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. 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

Filipino Muslims want Monday declared holiday for Eid al-Fitr

Jul 28, 2014 - 7:11 AM

UPDATED The observance of Eid al Fitr will coincide with Aquino s State of the Nation Address

Residents pray inside a mosque in the town of Aleosan, North Cotabato, as they observe the holy month of Ramadan. Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

MILF still unhappy with status of draft law

Jul 26, 2014 - 11:37 AM

The government and MILF panels are set to meet again before Monday the President s scheduled State of the Nation Address to iron out differences

File photo

Proposed Bangsamoro law still in limbo

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:48 AM

2nd UPDATE President Benigno Aquino III and MILF chief Al Haj Murad Ebrahim will meet again on the proposed law as the government and the MILF struggle to settle key differences

IN LIMBO. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has yet to arrive at a consensus on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. File photo by Rappler

Gov't, MILF end KL meeting on a 'positive note'

Jul 11, 2014 - 4:02 PM

Discussions in Kuala Lumpur on specific concerns pertaining to a proposed law that creates an autonomous government in Mindanao are to continue in Manila

'WORKSHOP.' Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer in a discussion with Malaysian Facilitator Tengku Ghafar and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. Photo by OPAPP

Peace panels in KL to resolve issues on draft Bangsamoro law

Jul 07, 2014 - 1:55 PM

The meeting comes after Mohagher Iqbal chief negotiator of the MILF accused Malacañang of heavily diluting the proposed Bangsamoro law

PEACE PROCESS. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; Philippine president Benigno Aquino III and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process hold the documents following the signing of a final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the muslim rebel group inside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, the Philippines, March 27, 2014. Dennis Sabangan/ EPA

Palace denies lobbying to name Aquino for Nobel Peace Prize

Jun 30, 2014 - 8:17 PM

While Malacañang admits it would be an honor for the Philippines if he were nominated it says the lobby probably came from other groups

SEALING PEACE. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front sign the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, which paved the way for the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

Bangsamoro draft law 'complete'

Apr 20, 2014 - 10:24 PM

3rd UPDATE But not all commissioners sign the proposed law which will be submitted to Malacañang for review

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

Bangsamoro draft law complete, set to be submitted to Palace

Apr 13, 2014 - 4:54 PM

Mindanao CSOs will hold a rally Monday afternoon to mark another step forward in the peace roadmap

Aminah's dream for Mindanao

Apr 12, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Aminah like the rest of the Bangsamoro women wishes to have a place where her voice can be heard and her rights respected

PEACE. Female fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and women from the communities participate in an assembly inside the rebel group's camp in Maguindanao. File photo by Karlos Manlupig

Rappler Newscast | March 28, 2014

Mar 28, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Bangsamoro Draft Law complete but needs polishing Court allows Napoles to receive treatment in public hospital PH 99 others reject Crimean referendum

Bangsamoro draft law complete but needs polishing - Iqbal

Mar 28, 2014 - 6:19 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission races against time to finish drafting the law that will provide the legal framework for the new political entity

Gov't, MILF to sign final peace deal on March 27

Mar 14, 2014 - 7:35 PM

Next step: Congress will deliberate on the draft Basic Law that will create the Bangsamoro political entity replacing ARMM

Aquino to ARMM: Support Bangsamoro agreement

Feb 12, 2014 - 6:02 PM

President Benigno Aquino III emphasizes the need for stakeholders to support the creation of a comprehensive agreement on the Bangsamoro

CHALLENGING CHINA. In a New York Times interview, President Benigno Aquino III reiterates the Philippines will not apologizes to Hong Kong, nor will it surrender the West Philippine Sea to China. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to ARMM leaders: Unite for Bangsamoro peace process

Feb 09, 2014 - 3:34 PM

The President is expected to meet local ARMM leaders on Feb 11 in Davao

 Photo from AFP

Congress commits to pass Bangsamoro law this year

Feb 06, 2014 - 2:58 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon reminds the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that the basic law they are drafting should not require amending the Constitution

Aquino wants fast-track work on Bangsamoro law

Jan 31, 2014 - 11:53 AM

The President tells the Bangsamoro Transition Commission to finish its work because the government has to complete the transition in time for the 2016 presidential elections

Bangsamoro Transition Commission meets with solons

Jan 29, 2014 - 7:54 PM

The first meeting does not take up specific issues about the Bangsamoro Basic Law which the commission will draft and submit to Congress for approval

GPH-MILF must agree

Jul 13, 2013 - 1:23 AM

Muslim Mindanao has the highest levels of poverty and infant and maternal mortality and some of the lowest rates of life expectancy and educational attainment

Substantial changes for Bangsamoro expected after polls

May 14, 2013 - 2:04 AM

New political elite will change the country s political landscape especially in Bangsamoro

Transition Commission holds 1st session in Bangsamoro heartland

May 02, 2013 - 12:03 PM

Commissioners begin crafting the commission s organizational chart and internal rules and regulations

Meet the members of the Transition Commission

Apr 03, 2013 - 10:28 PM

Get to know the 15 members of the body tasked to create the Bangsamoro basic law

TransCom: 'Sabah is beyond our mandate'

Apr 03, 2013 - 3:47 PM

Members of the Transition Commission say the Sabah question is a bilateral issue between the Philippines and Malaysia

CEREMONIAL OPENING. Members of the Transition Commission, led by its chair Mohagher Iqbal (11th from Left), along with Sen Teofisto Guingona (9th from left), Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (10th fromt left), Sec Teresita Deles (12th from left) and Rep Jesus Sacdalan (13th from left). Photo by Angela Casauay