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Duterte vows passage of BBL in meeting with MILF, other Moro...

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would use his “residual powers” to fulfill his promise to the Moro people should Congress...

House committee eyes bigger budget share for Mindanao over next four...

The chair of the House committee on Mindanao Affairs bared plans to ask for higher budget for Mindanao in the next four years. Cagayan De...

Lawmakers target passage of Bangsamoro law by end of May

By Arjay L. Balinbin Lawmakers on Tuesday, March 13, told President Rodrigo R. Duterte that they target to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by...

Philippines hails US move to blacklist local IS-linked groups

The Philippines hailed on Wednesday, Feb. 28, Washington's decision to blacklist two local pro-Islamic State groups, including one which occupied the southern city of...

Military: We’re getting ready for next Marawi siege

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is getting ready for another possible “warfare” in Mindanao, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao Colonel...

Drilon mulls anti-dynasty provision in BBL

By Camille A. Aguinaldo SENATOR FRANKLIN M. Drilon yesterday raised the possibility of inserting an anti-political dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). At...

Lawyers say police report on ‘arrest’ of NDFP consultant ‘fake news’

HUMAN rights lawyers laughed off as a “false and cheap propaganda stunt” a police claim on Friday, Feb. 2, that they had captured another...

DILG plans to deploy more SAF troops in western Mindanao area

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is eyeing to increase the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troops in Mindanao, especially in...

BBL’s parliamentary features questioned

By Camille A. Aguinaldo FORMER SENATE president Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. on Tuesday flagged constitutional issues regarding the current version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic...

There are 48 foreign terrorists in Mindanao — military

THE GOVERNMENT has monitored 48 foreign terrorists operating and recruiting in Mindanao, the military told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad,...

Development and peace intertwined

By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III When my classmates and I were in elementary school — and that was half a century ago — we...

Bringing Mindanao into the fold

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES’ bid to become a prosperous nation and reduce poverty hinges on what becomes of Mindanao’s development. The World...

Keeping the faith

By the Mindanao Bureau MINDANAO, from the outside, has widely been perceived as that island in the south plagued by sectarian strife, with culturally rich...

Power ‘oversupply’: Mindanao’s happy problem

By Victor V. Saulon Sub-editor When stakeholders in Mindanao talk about their power situation these days, among their concerns is electricity oversupply and their plan of...

Build, Build, Build: Speeding up infrastructure development

THE ADMINISTRATION of President Rodrigo R. Duterte has been more particular on improving the country’s infrastructure. Days before they assumed office, Mr. Duterte and his...

Business looks southward even as reality hits home

By Krista A. M. Montealegre National Correspondent THE RISE to power of President Rodrigo R. Duterte fuelled hopes of finally ending decades of insurgency in Mindanao...

Boosting tourism after Marawi

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter Twenty-seventeen was a difficult year for Mindanao as one of its main cities, Marawi in Lanao del Sur, reeled from...

Top officials ordered to comment on petition seeking to halt martial...

THE Philippines’ high tribunal ordered top government officials and lawmakers to comment on a petition seeking to stop the re-extension of martial law in...

UN experts: Abuses in Mindanao could intensify

GENEVA -- A Muslim indigenous community on the Philippine island of Mindanao has suffered widespread human rights abuses that could intensify with President Rodrigo...

Palace turns over 500-plus shelters to displaced in Marawi

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. announced on Wednesday, Dec. 27, that the government was set to turn over on...

SC sought for TRO on martial law in Mindanao

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz OPPOSITION lawmakers petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 27, for a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ...

Senate eyes passage of BBL by March

By Arjay L. Balinbin THE SENATE will be “ready hopefully” with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by March next year, the chairman of the...

DoF to set up the Philippine Tax Academy in Visayas, Mindanao

THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) is planning to put up regional campuses of its Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in the Visayas and Mindanao.   In a...

SSS to open 2 more branches in Davao

THE SOCIAL Security System (SSS) is opening two new branches in the Davao Region next year, one in Calinan, Davao City and the other...

ADB approves $380-M loan for Zamboanga road rehab

THE Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $380-million loan to fund the rehabilitation of roads in the Zamboanga Peninsula in...

Congress approves 2nd martial law extension

WITH 240 votes in the affirmative and 27 in the negative, the two chambers of Congress approved a second extension of martial law in...

Congress sets Dec. 13 joint session on martial law

CONGRESS HAS set Wednesday, Dec. 13, for a joint session on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to extend anew martial law and the suspension...

Mindanao WESM targeted for commercial operation by June 2018

DAVAO CITY --Commercial operation of the Wholesale Electric Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao is targeted to start by June 2018, the the Philippine Electricity...

BTC calls for manifesto on draft BBL as it prepares for...

THE BANGSAMORO Transition Commission (BTC) called on stakeholders, through public and private organizations or as communities, to submit a manifesto on the proposed Bangsamoro...

SWS poll: 54% agree, 30% disagree with martial-law extension in Mindanao

A NEWLY RELEASED snapshot of the Social Weather Stations’ Third Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey found that 54% of adult Filipinos agreed (31% strongly...

Losses, looting as Marawi war’s fortunate few return home

KHALILUDDIN ISMAIL returned home on Sunday after five months of war in the southern Philippines to find his house ransacked. But he’s still smiling. “At...

Certification remains key hurdle to halal dev’t

By The Mindanao Bureau MUSLIMS in the Philippines, among the first traders and migrants in the country but now a minority, struggle to observe Islam’s...

NEDA sees Marawi siege’s end raising confidence

THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) expects a further pick-up in business and consumer confidence in Mindanao now that the occupation of Marawi...

Mindanao to remain under martial law

MINDANAO, the Philippines’ second-largest island, will still remain under Martial Law, the Palace announced on Friday, days after President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared the...

Marawi rebuilding to cost $1.1billion — Lorenzana

REBUILDING THE besieged Philippine city of Marawi could cost about P56 billion ($1.1 billion), according to Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana. Months of fighting between...

Malacañang assures BBL part of legislative priority

THE draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) remains an executive priority, Malacañang assured on Tuesday, Sept. 5, citing President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s meeting the previous...

Military says taking fire from women, children in Marawi

GOVERNMENT TROOPS fighting Islamic State-linked rebels in a southern city have encountered armed resistance by women and children, the military said on Monday, Sept....

Congress to be sought for budget on Marawi

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE EXECUTIVE will be asking Congress to pass a supplemental budget once it finalizes rehabilitation plans for Marawi City,...

French aid groups flag Philippines ‘humanitarian catastrophe’

FIGHTING IN the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao has combined with extreme weather events to create a “humanitarian catastrophe,” French aid groups said...

Polloc freeport investment seen boosting ‘halal hub’

PORT OPERATOR Bangsamoro Terminal Services, Inc. (BTSI) is investing P129 million in the Polloc Freeport and Economic Zone in Maguindanao, which is being positioned...

BBL transmitted to Congress this week

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral Reporter MALACAÑANG ON Monday, Aug. 14, announced it will submit to Congress this week the new version of the Bangsamoro Basic...

Beyond Marawi: Gravel seller talks of the impact of the crisis...

JABBER MAMA, a resident of the small town of Bubong with its center located about 30 kilometers east of devastated Marawi City, directly feels...

Monitoring Team cites draft BBL, Marawi crisis among key development in...

THE Third-Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) in its fourth annual Public Report issued Friday, July 28, cited the still unresolved siege of Marawi City alongside...

Lagman: SC lowered the bar in martial law decision

A DAY before Congress is set to deliberate on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017,...

Pernia sees ‘business as usual’ even with martial law extension

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said he expects Mindanao to go about its business...