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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's Iqbal: We expect 'landslide victory' in 4 provinces, 2 cities

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:40 PM

It's 'all systems go' for the Bangsamoro plebiscite, says MILF peace panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal, hopeful that his years of negotiating with the government will culminate in the creation of a new autonomous region

Rappler Talk with Mohagher Iqbal. Screenshots by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Mohagher Iqbal on the Bangsamoro plebiscite and beyond

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:00 PM

MILF peace panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal is hopeful for a 'landslide victory' for the Bangsamoro Organic Law

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)

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

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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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

Gov’t, MILF call on public, lawmakers to support new Bangsamoro law

Jul 18, 2017 - 8:21 AM

The Duterte government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front launch a joint communications roadmap to pass the revised Bangsamoro Basic Law

COMMUNICATION ROADMAP. Government's Irene Santiago and MILF's Mohagher Iqbal ink Implementing Panels for Bangsamoro Peace Accords Joint Communication Plans in Manila, Philippines on Juky 17, 2017. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Duterte to certify new Bangsamoro law as urgent

Jul 17, 2017 - 7:27 PM

UPDATED I have requested both the Senate President and the Speaker to consider it immediately Duterte says during a media interview on Monday July 17 in Malacañang

MILF, Maute Group battle for legitimacy

Jul 03, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The mountainous town of Butig is host to an MILF camp where its founding leader Hashim Salamat is buried It s also where the ISIS linked Maute Group trained its fighters before they targeted Marawi

CAUTIOUS. MILF peace implementing panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal says the situation in Marawi City is 'so sensitive.' Rappler photo

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Jun 28, 2017 - 1:05 PM

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MILF 'cautious' about proposal to negotiate with Mautes

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:34 AM

UPDATED I think that is too much for us The issue in Marawi especially in relation to the Maute Group is so sensitive says MILF peace implementing panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal

CAUTIOUS. MILF peace implementing panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal says the situation in Marawi is 'so sensitive.' Rappler photo

Duterte discusses Marawi crisis with MILF leaders

May 30, 2017 - 4:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to help bring bring humanitarian assistance to civilians still trapped in Marawi

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Lawrence Go. 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

De Lima vs Duterte, Nur Misuari, Clinton vs Trump | 12PM wRap

Nov 07, 2016 - 1:11 PM

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2 separate peace panels for MILF, MNLF-Nur

Nov 07, 2016 - 10:37 AM

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal says the group is not opposed to Nur Misuari s participation in the peace process

TWO PANELS. Philippine government will allow Misuari to draft a law creating a Bangsamoro region, separate from the proposal of the MILF-led Bangsamoro Transition Council

West Philippine Sea, Bangsamoro Transition Council, Park Geun-Hye | 6PM wRap

Nov 02, 2016 - 7:52 PM

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Duterte set to sign EO on new Bangsamoro Transition Council

Nov 02, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Representatives of the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF are expected to join the body that will draft a revised law creating the new Bangsamoro region

FIRST PRESIDENT FROM MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte wears a conical hat during the launch of the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other Conflict-Affected Areas in Regions 9, 10, and 12 at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on October 29. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

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

ISIS recruitment in PH, Trillanes vs Binay, Zika virus | 6PM wRap

Jan 26, 2016 - 6:42 PM

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Hashim Salamat: The militant and the moderate

Nov 28, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The founding chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was an odd combination of the pragmatic and the naive the militant and the moderate the careful organizer and the failed supplicant

Amid Bangsamoro bill uncertainty, Japan continues aid in Mindanao

Aug 26, 2015 - 8:07 PM

Japan s comprehensive development institution has been supporting peace and development projects in the conflict ridden southern Philippines since 2002

JICA President Tanaka (seated, 2nd from right) shakes hands with a pupil from Kibleg Elementary School in North Upi, Maguindanao. Photo from JICA

Marcos appeals for trust after criticism of new Bangsamoro bill

Aug 16, 2015 - 9:28 PM

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr explains that the substitute bill will still undergo a period of fine tuning and amendments under the legislative process

MORE INCLUSIVE? Senator Bongbong Marcos files his substitute measure to the Bangsamoro Basic Law, calling it more inclusive. File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

NPC-Poe talks, Iqbal on BBL, China devaluates yuan| 12PM wRap

Aug 12, 2015 - 12:31 PM

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MILF's Iqbal says Bangsamoro bill reaching plenary is 'progress'

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:52 PM

Despite the overhaul done by Senator Marcos to the original draft the MILF negotiator says: That is already an achievement by itself It is a good indication that we are moving forward

'OPTIMISTIC.' MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. Rappler photo

Aquino swears in Garin, Hontiveros, 32 others

Jun 30, 2015 - 4:27 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also administers the oath taking of new Commission on Elections commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Sheriff Abas

NEW APPOINTEES. President Benigno Aquino III administers the oath of office to new officials o June 30, 2015. Photo by Lauro Montillano/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Declare Bangsamoro peace deals unconstitutional – Philconsa

Jun 19, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Philconsa leads a group in filing a petition against the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro the basis of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

DEAL IN PERIL? Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak witness the exchange of documents following the signing of a final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on March 27, 2014. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

'Old comrades' return to civilian life

Jun 17, 2015 - 11:06 AM

What does the decommissioning process for members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front entail?

Arms turnover, Duterte on MRT, TRO on Torre de Manila | 6PM wRap

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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MILF chief: Decommissioning 'deeply personal,' not just statistics

Jun 16, 2015 - 4:30 PM

This is not propaganda says MILF chief Murad Ebrahim It s proof that it is ready to begin its transformation to a political organization

MILF dares anti-BBL sectors: Choose peace, freedom

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:18 AM

You want peace? Prepare for peace says MILF s Mohagher Iqbal

Decommissioning of rebel firearms begins June 16

Jun 11, 2015 - 7:09 PM

President Benigno Aquino III will witness the turnover of the first batch of Moro Islamic Liberation Front firearms in Maguindanao

ARMS DEAL. This photo taken on Oct 15, 2012 shows members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) standing in formation during a celebration inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, in the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

Plunder report, treason charges, Wi-Fi bill | 6PM wRap

May 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Revilla in 2016, Bangsamoro Basic Law, new storm signal, | 6PM wRap

May 21, 2015 - 6:51 PM

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MILF: 2 House BBL amendments violate peace accord

May 21, 2015 - 3:54 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front appreciates but does not necessarily accept the version of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law passed at committee level in the House of Representatives

LEGISLATIVE PHASE. Thousands of supporters of the Bangsamoro Basic Law rally at the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, May 11 2015, as they call for the immediate passage of the law in Congress. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec on Iqbal nephew: Focus on performance

May 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista confirms that newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

IQBAL'S NEPHEW. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas (1st from left), a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, poses with newly appointed Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (2nd) and Commissioner Luie Guia (3rd) when Bautista visited his office on May 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Guanzon

Aquino promised us the BBL, says MILF chief negotiator

May 09, 2015 - 1:40 PM

UPDATED The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law would establish a new autonomous Bangsamoro region in Mindanao as part of a peace agreement signed by the government and the MILF in March last year

Mohagher Iqbal photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler. Archbishop Quevedo photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Iqbal nephew? Comelec's Abas quietly takes oath

May 07, 2015 - 7:50 PM

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal refuses to confirm or deny if newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is his nephew

MISSING MEMBER. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas isn't able to join his two fellow new Comelec appointees – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (3rd) – during their oath-taking in Manila. With Bautista and Guanzon, Commissioners Christian Lim (1st) and Luie Guia (4th) also pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mohagher Iqbal, the author

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:55 PM

[Second of two parts] There are several problematic points that are noticeable in the MILF ideologue’s writings particularly in regards to how to analyze the causes of Moro backwardness and how to overcome this

Drilon: Use of aliases should not hinder peace process

Apr 19, 2015 - 4:31 PM

The Senate President says that what is important is that the rebel group recognizes Mohagher Iqbal as their representative to the peace process

Mohagher Iqbal the author

Apr 18, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The otherwise exceptional book by the MILF peace negotiator lacks a critical view of the Moro ruling elite who compromised principles and came into a mutual accommodation with the Filipino state

Aquino on Espina, Binay vs Poe, ‘royal baby’ | The wRap

Apr 17, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The president confirms Espina did resign Binay’s camp claims it’s not worried about Grace Poe The countdown for the ‘royal baby’ begins

Mayors for Roxas, Iqbal’s passport, Mayweather workout | The wRap

Apr 15, 2015 - 7:25 PM

Are municipal mayors endorsing Mar Roxas? Government says Iqbal has a valid passport Watch Mayweather’s workout

DFA: Iqbal carries 'valid' Philippine passport

Apr 15, 2015 - 11:34 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs knows the real name of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

'VALID PASSPORT.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario confirms that Muslim rebel group negotiator Mohagher Iqbal carries a valid Philippine passport.

Hillary for US president, Trillanes on Binay bribe, Pacman music video | The wRap

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Hillary Clinton runs for the US presidency Senator Trillanes says the Binays bribed two justices Manny Pacquiao has a new music video

Nom de guerre in peace pacts not unique to PH – Deles

Apr 13, 2015 - 1:39 PM

The MILF s chief negotiator reveals he owns a bank account under his alias which Senator Escudero points out is against the anti money laundering law

'SECURITY' FACTOR. MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal says he is using a pseudonym for his and the MILF's security. File photo by Rappler

Marcos: Iqbal alias mocks gov't, peace process

Apr 09, 2015 - 9:47 PM

Will the controversy over MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal s use of an alias cloud Senate hearings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law?

'FICTITIOUS PERSON.' Senator Marcos refers to MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal as "this person who is known as Iqbal" and a "fictitious person" due to his use of an alias. File photo from Senate PRIB

Iqbal: Even heroes used aliases

Apr 08, 2015 - 2:44 PM

I have so many names That s natural in revolutionary organizations Iqbal says

PSEUDONYM. Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator and Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman Mohagher Iqbal attends Day 3 of the House of Representatives probe into the Mamasapano tragedy.

'Should we disregard history, hard work on Bangsamoro law?'

Mar 28, 2015 - 5:48 PM

Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal tells graduates of Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan that the youth will reap the fruits of the peace process

'SPEAK UP ABOUT PEACE.' Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal speaks to graduates of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. Screenshot from Youtube