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BBL fate depends on 98 lawmakers, mostly from M’nao

DAVAO City––The fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)––whether it is one that adheres to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) or one that may render the future Bangsamoro less autonomous than the present Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm)––is in the hands of ...

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‘Trapos’ not the best exemplars of federalism

By Manny Valdehuesa WE should be wary about traditional politicos who want to shift to the federal system of government but who cannot claim to exemplify its workings. If anything, federalism stands for decentralization, for making people at the grassroots the center of gravity in politics—with reforms anchored on their ...

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Lawyer raps more solons over ‘pork’

By NITZ ARANCON, Correspondent A LAWYER from Misamis Oriental has filed a graft complaint against Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, and other prominent politicians over the use of pork barrel funds from 2011 to 2013. Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao

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Strength but now without shame (1)

By Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ   DAVAO City––In presenting the report of the Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to both the Congressional Committee on the BBL led by Congressman Rufus Rodriguez and the Senatorial Committee on Local Government headed by Senator Bongbong Marcos, there was a palpable ...

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Summer on the Streets

When it’s hot out – especially during summer – you’re first instinct will always be to find the nearest thing to grab and cool you down. But sometimes, it pays to embrace the summer heat and get the most out of it! Especially in the Philippines, being a nation in ...

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Massive landgrabbing

By Mariano Carrasco WITH so many landless individuals around, it is surprising to know how a few wealthy individuals managed to secure titles to public lands and lands long occupied and owned by natives. Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao

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Strengthening the BBL provisions on IPs

By Tony La Vina   Fifth of six parts UNDER the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the rights of indigenous peoples (IPs) are recognized in several provisions. Among others, Indigenous peoples shall have freedom of choice, and the protection of their rights shall be under the exclusive powers of the ...

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