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More than ceasefire: End the causes of armed conflict

Jan 26, 2017 - 7:39 PM

The slogan peace based on social justice is exactly the main goal of the recent talks in Rome in Italy Photo courtesy of AGHAM

PEACE TALKS. AGHAM calls on fellow scientists and the people to support the peace talks. Photo courtesy of AGHAM

Courage of conviction

Oct 02, 2016 - 6:20 PM

In the Philippines arguably the prospects for peace following decades of conflict is perhaps closer than ever before precisely because there is courage of conviction

INITIALED. Government and NDF negotiators shake hands after completing the first round of talks since an impasse in 2011. Photo from OPAPP

The Lumad's long years of languishing for land and life

Sep 30, 2015 - 5:31 PM

Their tragic fate and stories have to be honored and retold many times over until a concrete solution is reached and peace prevails

Is the military innocent in Lumad killings?

Sep 30, 2015 - 5:30 PM

A young Lumad who is caught in the middle of the war between the government and the New People s Army shares his take on the killings in indigenous areas

MILF leader: We have removed war from our vocabulary

Jun 30, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Once the Bangsamoro government is established the MILF hopes to bring back the old glory of Camp Abubakar and make it a model of governance

Half a million signatures for Bangsamoro law

Jun 23, 2015 - 10:12 PM

Meet a youth leader from Marawi City who spearheaded an effort to gather signatures in support of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law

GRASSROOTS. A 3-month signature campaign led by youth volunteers collected about 500,000 signatures pledging support for the Bangsamoro basic law. Photo from the Coalition of Moro Youth Movement

SC junks 'premature' petition vs draft Bangsamoro law

Jun 23, 2015 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court orders petitions against the peace framework and peace accord between the government and the MILF to be consolidated

HISTORIC DEAL. 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. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Marcos reveals Bangsamoro bill provisions to be amended

Jun 11, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Civil society groups call on Marcos to re evaluate his position to reject the draft Bangsamoro law

IN HIS HANDS. What would be the contents of the alternative bill to the draft Bangsamoro law that Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is set to file at the Senate? Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Rodriguez to Marcos: Reconsider proposal to amend ARMM law

Jun 10, 2015 - 2:44 PM

The House of Representatives won t finish debates on the Bangsamoro bill before Congress adjourns session

CONFLICTING VERSIONS? Cagayan De Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, primary sponsor of the Bangsamoro bill, appeals to the Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr to consider the House version of the bill. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate, House set to remove Bangsamoro bill's opt-in clause

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:01 PM

The option for outside areas to join the proposed Bangsamoro government is a polarizing provision that only invites opposition says Senate President Drilon

Amended ARMM law may replace Bangsamoro bill – Marcos

Jun 08, 2015 - 6:36 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is inclined to reject this

ALTERNATIVE BILL. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is considering amending the organic act of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as a substitute to the Bangsamoro bill. Photo by Senate PRIB.

4 scenarios if Bangsamoro bill is not passed

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED One of the least likely scenarios is passing the bill and providing for a longer transition period

Bongbong Marcos to file new Bangsamoro bill

Jun 03, 2015 - 11:04 PM

UPDATED The proposed Bangsamoro basic law in its current form won t bring peace says Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

NO TO BBL. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr rejects the proposed Bangsamoro basic law submitted to Congress. File photo from Marcos' website

Peace panels form task force for MILF's turnover of weapons

Jun 02, 2015 - 2:15 PM

A percentage of rebel firearms will be turned over if and when the proposed Bangsamoro basic law is passed and ratified

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

New Senate deadline for Bangsamoro bill: October

Jun 02, 2015 - 1:15 PM

This coincides with October s signing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections

TIGHT TIMELINE. The Senate eyes a new deadline for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law. Photo by Mark Cristino

Robin Padilla lobbies House, Senate for Bangsamoro bill

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:16 PM

The actor thanks lawmakers who voted yes to the Bangsamoro basic law

YES TO BBL. Actor Robin Padilla appeals to lawmakers to pass the proposed Bangsamoro basic law. Photo by Rappler

What happens when peace processes fail or succeed?

May 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Failed peace processes have consequences While each peace process is unique experiences from other countries that have witnessed violent conflict offer important insights

Civilians in the battlefield: Sarah, the young widow

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:36 PM

What they call to bakwit to evacuate is very difficult…It’s difficult to lose your husband all of a sudden; not from disease he just died all of sudden

FULL REPORT: Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:21 AM

Read the full report of the Malacañang convened group below

FULL REPORT. Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. and other members of the Citizen's Peace Council face lawmakers during the final public hearing for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on April 27, 2015.

20 questions for Aquino on Mamasapano

Mar 30, 2015 - 2:29 PM

The leftist Makabayan bloc asks the committee chairs to invite President Benigno Aquino III to the scheduled joint hearing on Mamasapano

President Benigno Aquino III announce that suspected Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alyas Marwan confirmed dead during SAF operation in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao and Accepted the Resignation of Suspended PNP Chief P/ Director General Allan Purisima during his message on Friday(Frebruary 6, 2015) held at the President hall in Malacanang.(Photo By Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

Binay: Bangsamoro law should not be only option for peace

Mar 04, 2015 - 6:29 PM

The Vice President admits he has not read the entirety of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law but says he has heard some say that parts of it are unconstitutional

ACCORD. Vice President Jejomar Binay says the government should pursue other options for peace other than the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from Jejomar Binay's Facebook page.

Jerusalem unrest 'wounds' Jordan-Israel peace: Amman

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:54 AM

The Jordanian government strongly condemns the ongoing conflict over Jerusalem s Al Aqsa mosque

GUARDS. Israeli security forces keep watch backdropped by the Dome of the Rock mosque during Friday noon prayers in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud on October 31, 2014. Jack Guez/AFP

Angelina Jolie calls for new bid to end Syria war

Aug 29, 2014 - 10:28 PM

The UN says three million Syrians have fled their country and up to 11 million more within the country need help

SEARING INDICTMENT. The UN goodwill ambassador for refugees, who married her long-term partner Brad Pitt in a secret ceremony at their chateau in the south of France last week, says: 'Three million refugees is not just another statistic. It is a searing indictment of our collective failure to end the war in Syria'

PH drops in peace index ranking

Aug 24, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Internal and external threats to peace continue to hound the Philippines affecting its overall ranking in the 2014 Global Peace Index

Politics left behind as Mideast rivals head to Vatican to meet pope

Jun 07, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmud Abbas have their separate reasons for honoring the pope s desire to keep the weekend event as free of controversy as possible

My Mindanao: Peace at long last?

Mar 30, 2014 - 10:00 PM

I believe that a new breed of Muslim leaders visionaries and intellectuals will be the catalyst for change

SCARS. The front part of Sta. Barbara Elementary School in central Zamboanga City is tattered by bullets from the siege. Photo from JR Lopez Gonzales

Palace emissaries arrive in KL for GPH-MILF talks

Dec 07, 2013 - 5:17 PM

Agenda for this round: power sharing deal

No GPH-MILF deal yet on power-sharing

Oct 13, 2013 - 7:54 AM

Despite a marathon session the government and MILF panels reach a technical impasse on details regarding the Bangsamoro s ministerial form of government

DEAL. Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and panel member Abdulla Camlian. Photo by OPAPP

MILF rebels accuse military of violating ceasefire

Oct 10, 2013 - 8:00 PM

The MILF will lodge a complaint before a joint ceasefire committee

Peace panels back in KL for power-sharing deal

Oct 09, 2013 - 11:17 AM

We want to guarantee the integrity of the outcome says government peace panel head Miriam Coronel Ferrer

Gov't, MILF extend peace talks another day

Sep 19, 2013 - 8:01 PM

Details of annexes on power sharing and normalization touch on sensitive and emotional issues It s unlikely any deal will be signed this round

TALKS CONTINUE. Will a final peace agreement be signed in September? File photo by OPAPP

Next step: EO to create transition body

Oct 08, 2012 - 7:09 AM

The government and the MILF will appoint 15 members all Bangsamoro who will craft a new law that will be approved by Congress and a plebiscite

World powers meet in desperate bid to halt Syria crisis

Jun 30, 2012 - 9:33 AM

World powers meet in a desperate bid to salvage international envoy Kofi Annan s peace plan for Syria to end 16 months of bloodshed