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Livestream Philippine Senate hearing on proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, June 3, 2015

Sharing here the livestream Philippine Senate hearing on proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law being conducted by the Committee on Local government chaired by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. This is Agenda: S. No. 2408 – Bangsamoro Basic Law Senate Hearing on June 3, 2015. Audio is crappy, though.

Survey says 45% of respondents favor peaceful negotiations with MILF

MANILA, May 9 — Surveys says 45% of respondents favor peaceful negotiations with MILF. What can cause a certain lift of joy when it is offered by pollsters? And to whom? For sure, this one does. The recent findings of Social Weather Stations (SWS) put a smile on the face […]

Line-item budgeting of P70.7-B fund for Bangsamoro – Escudero

MANILA, April 14 – Line-item budgeting is the way to go for the funding of the proposed Bangsamoro government if Bicolano Senator Francis Escudero will have his way. The senator said on Tuesday he will push for the line-item budgeting of the PhP70-billion that the proposed Bangsamoro government stands to […]

PH government peace panel admit knowledge Iqbal is a nom de guerre

MANILA, April 8 — The Philippine government has been negotiating and dealing with a fictitious person representing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “Mohagher Iqbal is a nom de guerre and Mohagher Iqbal is the official name that has been used in negotiations ever since the negotiations with the Philippine government […]

OPPAP’s Deles statement rhymes with MILF’s Iqbal

MANILA, March 29 — OPPAP’s Teresita Quintos Deles on Friday expressed hope that the peace process will emerge stronger despite recent challenges it faced particularly after the tragic Mamasapano incident. “I admit we are bruised and feeling battered but we are here to proclaim we still stand firm (in pushing […]

MILF’s Iqbal positive on passage of proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, March 29 -– Chief peace negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Mohaqer Iqbal on Friday said that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is “battered but not yet out.” The statement was made by Iqbal at the book launching marking the first anniversary of the signing of the […]

Millions of pesos will change hands in congress to pass the BBL?

MANILA, March 21 — How often do many hear this general observation and commentary that when there is smoke, there is probably a fire causing it. Now we read about the multi-million pesos payoff rumor to lawmakers just to make the passage of the much criticized government endeavor on peace […]

OPAPP Sec. Deles appeals to ASEAN for support on Bangsamoro Law

CEBU, March 20 — Even the experts, or the learned among us sometimes “bark” on the wrong tree. Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Deles appealed to ASEAN-member states for support on the Bangsamoro Law during the opening of the two-day workshop on “Strengthening […]

DBM explains, justifies funding issues of proposed Bangsamoro entity

MANILA, March 16 — Speaking on the funding issues surrounding the proposed Bangsamoro region, Department of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said, “We must consider the prevailing conditions in the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The region requires strong and consistent funding support to lift it out of poverty.” […]

MILF reps negotiating with gov’t peace panel are Malaysian citizens?

MANILA, March 15 — Is the Philippine government peace panel negotiating with Malaysian citizens masquerading as representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front? This is the gist of the concern brought forward by a Davao city congressman. Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles on Saturday called on the Ad Hoc Committee on […]

More additional funds for lawmakers to support BBL, not true – Malacanang

MANILA, March 6 -– When there’s smoke, there’s fire. Malacanang on Friday denied speculations that additional funds will be given to lawmakers who will support the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). ”They might speculate that we will use PDAF. There’s no more PDAF,” Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte said […]

New radical Moro group emerges as splinter from BIFF – Reports

MANILA, Philippines – Reports confirmed that as the Philippine government is hell-bent at passing the much maligned Bangsamoro Basic Law, while military forces are fighting the war with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf Group, another radical Muslim group is emerging as a new player in the […]

Senate can conduct BBL hearings even during recess – Marcos

MANILA, March 4 — Public hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can continue even if Congress is in recess, according to Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. “We can still continue working during the adjournment. We can still hold hearings even if we are in recess,” Marcos said in […]

Passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not solve Moro conflict – Ferrer

MANILA,, March 3 — If we are to believe that passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law into law will not solve the conflict in Mindanao, according to Prof. Miriam Ferrer, then why the heck they still stay at the government peace panel? Professor Miriam Ferrer, who chairs the side of government […]

Duterte was only joking, not running for president

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 27 — “Hindi (No). I never said it in a very categorical way.” This was the statement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when sought if he declared intention to run for president during his “Listening Tour” on Federalism in Dagupan City. In an interview on Wednesday night at […]

Islamic state not Bangsamoro region, BIFF insists

MANILA, Feb 20 – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has no plan to join in the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In a radio interview with BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry Mama, he insisted that they are fighting for an Islamic state and not a […]

Duterte willing to run for president to save the republic

Duterte willing to run for president to save the republic DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 19 — Davao City Mayor Rodolfo Duterte on Wednesday said he is willing to run for president of the Philippines in next year’s presidential election “if only to save the republic”. Speaking before students in the lst […]

No whitewash request on Mamasapano hearing – Marcos

No whitewash request on Mamasapano hearing – Marcos MANILA, Feb. 16 — Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday clarified the presence of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles in his office after a Senate hearing on proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on January 26. Marcos, […]

Watch: Extended brutal footage of the Mamasapano massacre aftermath

Watch: Extended brutal footage of the Mamasapano massacre aftermath Here’s another video, an extended footage, of the aftermath of the gruesome, brutal massacre of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force commandos in the corn fields, the Mamasapano killing fields, on January 25, 2015. Be aware that viewer discretion is […]

Consult, let people participate in BBL discussion – CBCP

Consult, let people participate in BBL discussion – CBCP MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Catholic bishops have reiterated the stand of the Catholic Church on the need to consult and let the people participate in the discussion concerning the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). In a press briefing at the […]

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MILF’s Iqbal positive on passage of proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, March 29 -– Chief peace negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Mohaqer Iqbal on Friday said that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is “battered but not yet out.” The statement was made by Iqbal at the book launching marking the first anniversary of the signing of the […]

Consult, let people participate in BBL discussion – CBCP

Consult, let people participate in BBL discussion – CBCP MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Catholic bishops have reiterated the stand of the Catholic Church on the need to consult and let the people participate in the discussion concerning the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). In a press briefing at the […]

More additional funds for lawmakers to support BBL, not true – Malacanang

MANILA, March 6 -– When there’s smoke, there’s fire. Malacanang on Friday denied speculations that additional funds will be given to lawmakers who will support the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). ”They might speculate that we will use PDAF. There’s no more PDAF,” Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte said […]

OPAPP Sec. Deles appeals to ASEAN for support on Bangsamoro Law

CEBU, March 20 — Even the experts, or the learned among us sometimes “bark” on the wrong tree. Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Deles appealed to ASEAN-member states for support on the Bangsamoro Law during the opening of the two-day workshop on “Strengthening […]

Duterte willing to run for president to save the republic

Duterte willing to run for president to save the republic DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 19 — Davao City Mayor Rodolfo Duterte on Wednesday said he is willing to run for president of the Philippines in next year’s presidential election “if only to save the republic”. Speaking before students in the lst […]

Senate can conduct BBL hearings even during recess – Marcos

MANILA, March 4 — Public hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can continue even if Congress is in recess, according to Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. “We can still continue working during the adjournment. We can still hold hearings even if we are in recess,” Marcos said in […]

DBM explains, justifies funding issues of proposed Bangsamoro entity

MANILA, March 16 — Speaking on the funding issues surrounding the proposed Bangsamoro region, Department of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said, “We must consider the prevailing conditions in the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The region requires strong and consistent funding support to lift it out of poverty.” […]

OPPAP’s Deles statement rhymes with MILF’s Iqbal

MANILA, March 29 — OPPAP’s Teresita Quintos Deles on Friday expressed hope that the peace process will emerge stronger despite recent challenges it faced particularly after the tragic Mamasapano incident. “I admit we are bruised and feeling battered but we are here to proclaim we still stand firm (in pushing […]

Duterte was only joking, not running for president

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 27 — “Hindi (No). I never said it in a very categorical way.” This was the statement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when sought if he declared intention to run for president during his “Listening Tour” on Federalism in Dagupan City. In an interview on Wednesday night at […]

Islamic state not Bangsamoro region, BIFF insists

MANILA, Feb 20 – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has no plan to join in the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In a radio interview with BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry Mama, he insisted that they are fighting for an Islamic state and not a […]

Passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not solve Moro conflict – Ferrer

MANILA,, March 3 — If we are to believe that passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law into law will not solve the conflict in Mindanao, according to Prof. Miriam Ferrer, then why the heck they still stay at the government peace panel? Professor Miriam Ferrer, who chairs the side of government […]

Watch: Extended brutal footage of the Mamasapano massacre aftermath

Watch: Extended brutal footage of the Mamasapano massacre aftermath Here’s another video, an extended footage, of the aftermath of the gruesome, brutal massacre of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force commandos in the corn fields, the Mamasapano killing fields, on January 25, 2015. Be aware that viewer discretion is […]

Millions of pesos will change hands in congress to pass the BBL?

MANILA, March 21 — How often do many hear this general observation and commentary that when there is smoke, there is probably a fire causing it. Now we read about the multi-million pesos payoff rumor to lawmakers just to make the passage of the much criticized government endeavor on peace […]

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Line-item budgeting of P70.7-B fund for Bangsamoro – Escudero

MANILA, April 14 – Line-item budgeting is the way to go for the funding of the proposed Bangsamoro government if Bicolano Senator Francis Escudero will have his way. The senator said on Tuesday he will push for the line-item budgeting of the PhP70-billion that the proposed Bangsamoro government stands to […]

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New radical Moro group emerges as splinter from BIFF – Reports

MANILA, Philippines – Reports confirmed that as the Philippine government is hell-bent at passing the much maligned Bangsamoro Basic Law, while military forces are fighting the war with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf Group, another radical Muslim group is emerging as a new player in the […]

Survey says 45% of respondents favor peaceful negotiations with MILF

MANILA, May 9 — Surveys says 45% of respondents favor peaceful negotiations with MILF. What can cause a certain lift of joy when it is offered by pollsters? And to whom? For sure, this one does. The recent findings of Social Weather Stations (SWS) put a smile on the face […]

More additional funds for lawmakers to support BBL, not true – Malacanang

MANILA, March 6 -– When there’s smoke, there’s fire. Malacanang on Friday denied speculations that additional funds will be given to lawmakers who will support the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). ”They might speculate that we will use PDAF. There’s no more PDAF,” Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte said […]

MILF reps negotiating with gov’t peace panel are Malaysian citizens?

MANILA, March 15 — Is the Philippine government peace panel negotiating with Malaysian citizens masquerading as representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front? This is the gist of the concern brought forward by a Davao city congressman. Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles on Saturday called on the Ad Hoc Committee on […]

Passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not solve Moro conflict – Ferrer

MANILA,, March 3 — If we are to believe that passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law into law will not solve the conflict in Mindanao, according to Prof. Miriam Ferrer, then why the heck they still stay at the government peace panel? Professor Miriam Ferrer, who chairs the side of government […]

DBM explains, justifies funding issues of proposed Bangsamoro entity

MANILA, March 16 — Speaking on the funding issues surrounding the proposed Bangsamoro region, Department of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said, “We must consider the prevailing conditions in the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The region requires strong and consistent funding support to lift it out of poverty.” […]