• 08 February 2016
MANILA, Feb. 8 -- The Palace welcomed the statement of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal assuring the United Nations that the separatist group remains committed to peace despite the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.Iqbal said the MILF will continue to engage in peace initiatives despite the security challenges on the ground."We welcome this statement and this reassurance from Chairman Iqbal," Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office said in a radio interview on Saturday."As you know, the agreement still stands that was signed in Malacañang between the MILF and the administration, and that this remains the cornerstone for working forward."Quezon said that while Congress was unable to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law as the administration had hoped, the public must remember that the commitment on the part of the government persists.He told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that he believes all sides are committed to ensuring that the progress made by both sides this far remains and becomes a durable foundation for the future.On the issue of possible restlessness on the ground after Congres ...Read more

Former CDO Airport to serve as storage depot for rescue operations equipment

 CENTRAL  08 February 2016
MANILA, Feb. 8 -- Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr. has clarified that Cagayan de Oro's Lumbia Airport would serve as storage depot for equipment necessary for rescue operations during calamities.Coloma made the clarification following reports that Lumbia Airport would be converted into ...Read more

Peace process in Mindanao to continue with or without BBL passage – DEPADev

 CENTRAL  08 February 2016
MANILA, Feb. 8 – Despite apparent setbacks in legislation pushing for a Bangsamoro entity, proponents of peace in Mindanao believe efforts for political reform in this Philippine region should continue.Atty. Benedicto Bacani, Executive Director of the Cotabato City-based Institute for Autonomy and ...Read more