Go says gov’t committed to lasting peace, progress in Mindanao

Go says gov’t committed to lasting peace, progress in Mindanao MANILA – The government is dedicated to sustaining President Rodrigo Duterte’s vision of long-lasting peace and development in the country.On Saturday, the President reiterated that commitment during the fourth anniversary … Continue reading Go says gov’t committed to lasting peace, progress in Mindanao

Duterte: Peace with communists might be realized ‘much earlier’

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he remains optimistic that his administration would be able to achieve a lasting peace with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) at a “much earlier” time. Duterte made the statement, as he noticed … Continue reading Duterte: Peace with communists might be realized ‘much earlier’

AFP CHIEF SANTOS: EO 70 to end insurgency’s ‘treacherous life cycle’

Lauding the significant gains of the National Task Force to End Local Communist (lNTF ELCAC), the newly-installed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is confident that the multi-pronged approach of Executive Order 70 will put an end to the treacherous life cycle of the more than five decades of insurgency. Speaking during the AFP Change of Command ceremony on Jan. 4, Lt. General Felimon  Santos, said unlike in the past when local chief executives left the insurgency problem solely to the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to deal with, EO involves all government … Continue reading AFP CHIEF SANTOS: EO 70 to end insurgency’s ‘treacherous life cycle’

DUTERTE, MISUARI set to finalize new GPH-MNLF peace panel next month

PEACE TALKS The government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) will be finalizing next month the creation of a peace coordinating committee to help resolve conflict in Mindanao. PRRD MEETS NUR. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to … Continue reading DUTERTE, MISUARI set to finalize new GPH-MNLF peace panel next month

‘Breakaway’ MNLF group backs BOL

A faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which emerged in the wake of an ouster move against Moro leader Nur Misuari as MNLF chairman a few years back, has thrown its support to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). … Continue reading ‘Breakaway’ MNLF group backs BOL

House, Senate approve Bangsamoro Basic Law

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second and third reading the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which has been certified as urgent by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. With 227 affirmative votes, 11 negative votes, and 2 abstention, the … Continue reading House, Senate approve Bangsamoro Basic Law

THE DURIAN BEAT: Duterte and the race to peace in Mindanao

BY ROGER M. BALANZA President Rodrigo Duterte is racing against time to meet a deadline for the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Congress itself is working overtime in putting the finishing touches and the eventual approval of the … Continue reading THE DURIAN BEAT: Duterte and the race to peace in Mindanao

THE DURIAN BEAT: Shining light in Mindanao’s dark tunnel

The shining light in Mindanao’s dark tunnel BY ROGER M. BALANZA Of late, our lawmakers have given assurance that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may be approved by Congress by the end of May. This assurance made during  a recent … Continue reading THE DURIAN BEAT: Shining light in Mindanao’s dark tunnel

Duterte: No more talks with the communists

Another 50 years of fighting Peace negotiations between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) dimmed as President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday declared “No more talks with the communists”. He also called on … Continue reading Duterte: No more talks with the communists