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August 30, 2018 1:17 AM Lacson: On the Bombing Incident in Sultan Kudarat

It only suggests that neither martial law nor the Bangsamoro Organic Law could guarantee peace in Mindanao. Instead, it is my view that the National Security Council and our ground security forces should take a hard look at their security plans and strategy, especially in the South, and try to avert the vicious cycle of talking peace with one tribal 76

August 10, 2018 11:22 PM Gov’t, MILF prepare for disarmament of Moro rebels

KORONADAL CITY—The expected ratification in December of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will pave the way for the gradual decommissioning of the 30,000 combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), officials from the government and the rebel group said. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to determine the exact date of the referendum 26

August 7, 2018 6:24 PM Jaafar asks critics to give Bangsamoro law a chance

The chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission appealed to those planning to disrupt the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law to give the measure a chance. Ghazali Jaafar, who is also the vice chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said on ANC's The Bureau Tuesday that critics should instead support the BOL, since the MILF does not have the intention 20

July 30, 2018 10:38 AM Ceremonial signing of Bangsamoro Law set on August 6

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the ceremonial signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law at Malacañang on August 6, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go said on Monday. Duterte has already signed the legislation, but a ceremony would still be held at the Palace with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim and vice chairman 17

July 29, 2018 11:54 AM New Bangsamoro law to 'isolate' terrorists: MILF leader

CAMP DARAPANAN, Maguindanao — Foreign terrorists continue to “penetrate” areas in southern Philippines, a Muslim rebel leader admitted Sunday, but said a new law implementing its peace agreement could help root out violent extremism. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began galvanizing public support behind the Bangsamoro Organic Law, with its head saying 46

July 29, 2018 3:34 AM LOOK: Moro Islamic Liberation Front consultation on Bangsamoro Organic Law

Sammy Almansoor Macacua (chief of staff of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces) says the MILF goes back to its people whenever an important decision needs to be made. The MILF is determining if bicam changes in BOL are acceptable to its constituents. Christian Esguerra, ABS-CBN News. Thousands show up for the MILF consultation on Bangsamoro Organic Law in Camp Darapanan 18

July 27, 2018 9:24 AM Lacson: On the Newly-Signed Bangsamoro Organic Law

The Bangsamoro Organic Law is not perfect, but is a big leap towards peace in Mindanao. Or so we hope. Much credit goes to President Duterte and his strong political will in this regard. I would have wanted the creation of two sub-regions under one Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. I have in fact suggested that to the President in one of our small group 66

July 27, 2018 8:18 AM EU hails enactment of Bangsamoro law as opportunity for peace

MANILA - The Bangsamoro Organic Law represents a chance for peace for Filipinos, a spokesperson for the European Union's Foreign Affairs and Security Policy unit said Friday. The passage of the law and President Rodrigo Duterte's signing "represents an opportunity for the Filipino people to embrace peace and stability after decades of strife," said Maja Kocijancic 24

July 27, 2018 2:31 AM MILF to hold Bangsamoro Law consultations

MANILA - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front said Friday it would hold public consultations on the Bangsamoro Organic Law over the weekend. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the forum at the MILF's main camp called Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat province on Sunday, said the group's vice chairman, Ghazali Jaafar. "There is a necessity for this consultation 141

July 25, 2018 9:55 AM AFP to step up attacks vs BIFF

The military will also step up its operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) after the latter warned of increased attacks to show it was not in favor of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday. “We will also intensify our operations against them. We will get the help of the MILF [Moro 21