Islamization is the first and foremost in the four major programs of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in its led Bangsamoro struggle so that on April 30, 2016, the MILF Kapalawan Province-Social Welfare Committee (SWC), Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and Political Committee (PolCom) jointly hold Islamic symposium in Barangay Lanoon, Carmen, North Cotabato. 

Despite the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Japan, thru the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) commitment to the peace process was once again witnessed with the turnover of 4 Quick Impact Projects (QIP) in the Lanao provinces last April 26-28, 2016.

Pikit Cotabato -- Day 1 of the UNYPAD’s 6th General Assembly on April 29 in Pikit Central Elementary School, Pikit, North Cotabato started with more than eight hundred officers from different parts of the Philippines in attendance. 

Jolo, Sulu – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) under the Chairmanship of Commissioner Mohagher Iqbal and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the new leadership of President Shinichi Kitaoka turned-over multipurpose hall buildings in Barangay Paiksa, Panglima Estino, Sulu on April 20 and another similar project at Barangay Gandasuli, Patikul, Sulu on April 21, 2016.

The Kalilintad Peace Building Institute (KPI) has been engaged in series of peace building activities as it recently held peace advocacy aimed  to emphasize the need to strengthen the Bangsamoro democratic struggle as  the right  ‘Path to Peace’ in Mindanao. The program was conducted at Ma’had Datu Paglas Al-Arabie Al-Islamie at Datu Paglas, Maguindanao on April 27.

His Excellency Atsushi Ueno, Deputy Chief of Mission of Japanese Embassy in Manila and his entourage paid courtesy call to the leadership of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in its Administrative Base in Camp Darapanan, Sultan, Kudarat, Maguindanao on April 27, 2016.

Mutilating the body of dead person, even if he is an enemy, is against the teachings of Islam. But the Canadians are not our enemy. They are in fact helping resolve the conflict in Mindanao in many ways and means including giving of grants for various projects or programs in the region. They headed the Independent Commission on Policing (ICP) which through their recommendations served as one of the references of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in crafting the Bangsamoro Basic |Law (BBL).

Kidnapping in Sulu continues unabated. It is unstoppable. It is fast becoming another Somalia, this time in Southeast Asia. Instead of being stopped or even minimized, it has soared to unprecedented height with the kidnapping recently of 10 Indonesians and four Malaysians, who are all Muslims.

Precious blood continues to pour in Mindanao, as fighting on several fronts proceeded unabated. It is not a question of whose blood are wasted; they are still precious blood --- and should not be shed at all if there is a way to stop it. On April 9, 18 Philippine Army soldiers killed, with 53 more wounded, during the April 9 firefight with 120 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) gunmen in Barangay Baguindan, Tipo Tipo, Basilan.  This is not to include those who died during firefights with ASG in Sulu, BIFF in Maguindanao, and ISIS-oriented youths in Butig, Lanao del Sur.

When presidential aspirant Mayor Rodrigo Duterte came to Darapanan last February 27, he was described as the “next president of the Philippines” by MILF 1st Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar. When another presidential candidate, Secretary Mar Roxas, met with the MILF in the same place on March 31, hands (of Murad, Roxas, Gov. Toto Mangudadatu, Cong. Bai Sandra Sema, and others) were raised. On both gestures, the MILF was criticized bitterly for them. We do not know why. Why are people making a mountain out of a molehill -- and why a big fuss over such friendly gestures?

 The hands-off policy of the MILF on Philippine elections will continue to be observed even during the current presidential election in this country.  The rationale anchors on the premise that the system of election here is so divisive, elitist, and expensive that in the end many if not most of those who get elected are usually not the best, honest, and capable personalities to lead the people. They simply are the moneyed, feared, and powerful.

Senator Bongbong Marcos, now a vice presidential candidate, is still insisting on his usual line of thought that pursuing the peace process is the best way to keep the terrorists calling themselves Islamic State out of the Philippines.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 11, 2016 – Bangsamoro is stalled. The BBL that would have launched it by June 30, 2016 had been disabled early in the Congress and substituted with the BLBAR. But, BLBAR had failed to take off when the Congress adjourned last February 5. Whether Bangsamoro can be relaunched during the next administration hinges on how Moro-friendly would be the next President and the non-Moro members of the 17th Congress.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 25, 2016 – “A-DL” is Anti-Dynasty Law; “FOIL” is Freedom of Information Law. BBL is the original Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law. All three are still bills marooned in the 16th Congress. As BBL has been debased and pining for redemption and passage, A-DL and FOIL, long resigned to their fate, are comforting it: “Hindi ka nag-iisa” (You are not alone.)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 14, 2016 – No matter how unacceptable, let it be stated simply: The Bangsamor is banished indefinitely. This is seen through prevailing circumstances that look irreversible. This is squarely facing the fact. Let’s hope, though, that by a miraculous stroke of fate, the statement is proven wrong.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, December 19, 2015 – The Philippine Star (December 16, 2015: House drops opt-in provision from BBL) reported the House of Representatives “has decided to delete the controversial opt-in provision from the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a move to lessen opposition to the measure.” 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal is right, “If you look at the process, it looks like they (the Congress)can no longer deliver . … I’m no longer optimistic.”He said this during the media roundtable discussion at the University of the Philippines (Visayas) in Iloilo City last December 4 (MindaNews, December 6 2015: MILF’s Iqbal sees no passage of BBL under Aquino).

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 9, 2015 – By coincidence, our urgent trip to Cotabato City last September 4 and the September 3 report of The Philippine Star that we downloaded that very night on returning from our trip exposed the neglect that is most evident in the sorry state of the Moro communities. In my trip, I saw the neglect. In the Star report, the neglect which breeds neglect surfaced in the plenary deliberation on SB 2894, the Senate substitute bill for the original Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

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Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem. Alhamdulillah. Wassalaatu Wassalaamu Ala Rasulillah. Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatoh

We, the members of the Bangsamoro Justice-Seekers for Martial Law Massacre Victims, a community of victims, survivors, and descendants of the horrendous bloody massacres committed in Mindanao during the Martial Law administration of the President Ferdinand Marcos make known our unequivocal position.


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