Tuesday Mar, 31 2020 09:22:55 AM


Mindanao peace advocates hopeful of BBL passage before Congress adjourns

QUEZON CITY (May 20) – Peace advocates in Mindanao have expressed hope that the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would be passed before the Congress adjourns on June 11. Samira Gutoc of the Friends of Peace said they are optimistic in the passage of the draft and that once the bill is approved and ratified by majority of the voters in the core territory and in the expanded areas, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) would automatically be abolished and a transition can take place in Bangsamoro.

A letter to Filipinos from Mohagher Iqbal

My countrymen,
The truth is that up to this moment, there is no clear
unanimity of opinion about the necessity and urgency of passing the proposed
Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Some doubted seriously the need for
such a law. This calls for this brief rejoinder.

House leadership confident of BBL approval in committee level as scheduled

MANILA -- House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., on Tuesday said that he is still confident” that the measure will earn the much needed majority votes when the final committee report reaches the House plenary by Monday.

Iqbaland BBL will protect Mindanao from religious extremism

COTABATO CITY - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is certain the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will protect Mindanao’s Muslim communities from religious extremism and fanaticism.The MILF’s Muhaquer Iqbal, chairperson of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, on Tuesday told the Oblate Media via text message that the enactment into law of the BBL will also hasten the restoration of normalcy in areas wracked by the Mindanao conflict.He said more radical groups could emerge and capitalize on what is widely perceived as perpetual marginalization” of Mindanao’s Moro communities to stoke hatred towa

Cotabato solon refuses to 'walk out' from Congress

QUEZON CITY– A member of the minority block from North Cotabato opted to stay in the deliberations despite plan by some members of the Ad Hoc committee to boycott the proceedings after a new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was handed to them an hour before the voting started on Monday. Rep. Jose Tejada, 3rd district North Cotabato,said he refused to leave the session hall on Monday because he wanted to know what would happen with the bill.

Partylist rep reprimands Iqbal on BBL issues

COTABATO CITY - Magdalo Partylist Rep.Ashley

14 of 109 page draft BBL approved by House AdHoc Committee

QUEZON CITY -Fourteen of the 109 pages draftBangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) have been approved by the AdHoc Committee on the BBL during the first day of the 3-day voting at the House of Representatives-South Wing Monday.Observers, including the minority bloc, known as Makabayan bloc - were convinced the ruling Liberal Party, the party of President Aquino, used its numerical superiority in approving 14 of the 109 pages of the draft which was crafted after a meeting in Malacanang over the weekend.

Rep. catamco's proposal for IPs in the BBL rejected

QUEZON CITY – North Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco was
sad and frustrated her proposed amendments to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)was ignored and rejected during the first day of scheduled-three-day committee
level voting at the House of Representatives Monday.

ARMM regional government throws full support to BBL

COTABATO CITY-As members of the House of Representatives begin voting (today, May 18) on the provisions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), officials and employees of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) gathered at the regional office’s compound in Cotabato City to affirm their support on the passage of the proposed legislation. Hundreds of employees of the ARMM attended a short program held after the regular flag-raising ceremony to show their support to the BBL noting the proposed measure would lead to a lasting peace in Mindanao.

House Ad Hoc committee on BBL restores six of eight provisions decided earlier to be deleted

QUEZON CITY -- The chairman of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) said on Monday they decided to retain six of the eight provisions earlier agreed upon to be deleted.Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the panel head, said that instead of removing the six other alleged unconstitutional provisions, the committee decided to just reword” them, especially those already included in the present Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).



3 Cotabato Towns chosen pilot areas for rolling tienda

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Cop wounded in attack by curfew violators

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"Rolling stores" dispatched to Lanao del Sur towns   

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BARMM turns one: Shaping the new bureaucracy in the Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY - As the Bangsamoro region faces a pandemic crisis, the quest towards moral governance continues.

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Datu Anggal LGU buys farmers' vegetables, rations it to town's indigents

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