Overseas Bangsamoro Workers Act approved

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Bangsamoro Transition Authority Parliament approved the Overseas Bangsamoro Workers Act of 2020 which seeks to institutionalize policies for Bangsamoro overseas employment. Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) Minister Romeo Sema explained that the measure will establish a standard of protection and promotion of the welfare of overseas Bangsamoro workers (OBW) and… Continue reading Overseas Bangsamoro Workers Act approved

BEYOND THE BEND: The Bangsamoro Parliament as an exercise of the right to self-determination

MELBOURNE (MindaNews / 11 June) — The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or BARMM has been described as a “radical transformation” from its predecessor, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The former is a creation of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (hereafter… Continue reading BEYOND THE BEND: The Bangsamoro Parliament as an exercise of the right to self-determination

Only 3 weeks left for Congress to decide on Bangsamoro transition extension

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 May) – The Senate Committee on Local Government on Friday ended its hearings on the two bills seeking the extension of the transition period in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) until June 30, 2025 instead of 2022, with Majority Leader Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri vowing that he… Continue reading Only 3 weeks left for Congress to decide on Bangsamoro transition extension

PEACETALK: An opportunity missed is an opportunity lost

(Opening statement of Presidential Peace Adviser, Sec. Carlito G. Galvez Jr. durin g tge  senate hearing on the BARMM extension, 14 May 2021) Mr. Chair, highly-esteemed members of the Senate, to my colleagues in government, and also to the members of the Bangsamoro government, and to everyone attending and watching today’s hearing, a good day to all,… Continue reading PEACETALK: An opportunity missed is an opportunity lost

Moro network presses Congress to extend Bangsamoro transition period

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 4 May) – An umbrella of Moro civic groups in the country pressed Congress anew on Tuesday to immediately approve the proposal extending for another three years the transition period in the Bangsamoro region, considering that time is almost running out before lawmakers adjourn their session. Supporters of the extension of… Continue reading Moro network presses Congress to extend Bangsamoro transition period

PEACETALK:  How our historicity could bring lasting peace to Mindanao

GISENYI, Rwanda (MindaNews / 01 May) — The extension of the term of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) for another, but final, three years is unquestionably necessary for the completion of the infrastructure of lasting peace in Mindanao, which is now steadily rising from more than five decades of bloodletting, but the whole nation is… Continue reading PEACETALK:  How our historicity could bring lasting peace to Mindanao

Ramadan Nights

The  office of the regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in Cotabato City is all lit up on Friday, 23 April 2021, the second week of Ramadan. The month-long fasting started on April 13. MindaNews photo by JULES L. BENITEZ  

BANGSAMORO SPEAKS:  February 1 as ‘Bangsamoro Identity Day’

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 03 April) — As a member of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) peace panel that negotiated with the Philippine government for 17 years, and as one who took active part in the Moro struggle against the Marcos dictatorship in the 70s, it is but ‘normal’ and an… Continue reading BANGSAMORO SPEAKS:  February 1 as ‘Bangsamoro Identity Day’

International Alert urges MILF, military to disband BIFF as polls near

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) – Violence might escalate in Maguindanao province as the new Bangsamoro region gears up for its first ever elections next year if the Islamic State-aligned Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will not be pulverized, International Alert Philippines has warned. A unit of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. MindaNews file… Continue reading International Alert urges MILF, military to disband BIFF as polls near

REMEMBERING: Zen Malang: A hedgehog and a fox

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 28 March) — A Greek parable compares human nature to foxes and hedgehogs, stating  “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”   Isaiah Berlin argued that the foxes pursue many goals and interests at the same time. As a result, their thinking is scattered and unfocused,… Continue reading REMEMBERING: Zen Malang: A hedgehog and a fox