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Aquino forms Bangsamoro transition council

By MADEL SABATER-NAMIT · EDD K. USMAN Manila, Philippines –President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed Executive Order (EO) No. 120 creating the Transition Commission (TC), which will draft the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. The creation of a Transition Commission is part of the Framework Agreement signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last October... 

‘Just Helping’

Palace defends livelihood programs for rebel returnees criticized by bishops Manila, Philippines – Malacanang defended the government’s livelihood programs for rebel returnees yesterday, saying they are a form of assistance and not bribery, contrary to claims. It noted that Catholic bishops who spoke against the livelihood programs for rebel returnees are “misinformed.” Presidential spokesperson... 

Gov’t not to allow false reports to undermine peace process

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) —The Philippine government clarified Wednesday that the 5 million pesos (116,000 U.S. dollars) that President Benigno Aquino III gave to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was intended to jumpstart the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), dismissing news reports that the fund was used by the rebels to buy guns and ammunition. “The 5... 

P5M given to MILF missing?

Manila, Philippines –Malacañang is seeking a full accounting of the P5 million given to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the creation of the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI). Presidential spokesman Atty. Edwin F. Lacierda said yesterday that Malacanang wants to know where the public funds given by chief government peace negotiator Marvic Leonen to MILF chairman...