ARMM school days: Mon-Fri but Lanao del Sur wants Sun-Thurs retained.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – A multisectoral group in Lanao del Sur is asking the Education Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to “reinstate Sunday… »

Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding the Abu Sayyaf “fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder” of kidnap victim Robert Hall,… »

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their… »

ARMM’s Darul Ifta’ sets moon sighting for Ramadan on Sunday

COTABATO CITY (ARMM BPI / 03 June) — The Regional Darul Ifta’ in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RDI-ARMM) has set a moon sighting across the region on Sunday,… »

Dureza: there will be “wide consultations” on crafting Bangsamoro peace roadmap

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 May) – “Wide consultations on how to craft the Bangsamoro peace roadmap” will be conducted when the Duterte administration takes over on June 30, lawyer… »

LP poll winners in ARMM to support Duterte’s pro-people programs

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) — Reelected Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has vowed to support the incoming administration of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte. “The parties… »

PEACETALK: Historic victory

(Letter of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on 10 May 2016). His Excellency President-Elect RODRIGO R. DUTERTE Davao City Dear President-Elect… »

ARMM votes Duterte-Robredo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 May) – The five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), stronghold of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) voted LP for the regional, provincial and Vice Presidential posts… »

Cops replace 200 teachers as members of BEI in five Lanao Sur towns

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 08 May) — Fearing for their lives, 200 teachers from five municipalities in Lanao del Sur are boycotting their poll duty on Monday prompting the Commission on Elections… »

And the clans play on…Ampatuans, Ecleos, Sinsuats, Midtimbangs unrivalled in turfs

By Vino Lucero Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism AMONG THE 802 unopposed candidates for the 2016 elections, a few stood out not just because their surnames sounded familiar, but also… »

20 groups declare suport for Gov. Hataman’s reelection bid

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – Twenty grassroots groups in two provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have vowed to support the reelection bid of Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman.… »

Duterte Supporter

Former Buluan, Maguindanao Mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu (2nd from right) leads Liberal Party candidates in raising their hands during a gathering in the municipality of Buluan Tuesday (24 April 2016). But… »

Duterte supporter makes a scene in Liberal Party event for ARMM bets

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – Call it awkward moment in the middle of the Liberal Party’s “show of force” gathering here Tuesday when the last speaker at the… »

12 towns in ARMM classified as ‘areas of immediate concern’

AWANG, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 April) – Special Boards of Election Inspectors (SBEI) will be deployed in towns of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao identified as “areas of… »

Abueva: Duterte presidency will open door to amend Consti for federalism

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – A Duterte Presidency will open the door for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution to allow for the shift from the present unitary, Presidential form… »

Political rivals

While Presidential bets are busy engaging in a bitter word war, reelectionist ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (L) and Sulu Vice Governor Sakur Tan ( R ) who is running against… »

Pass BBL in 2 years; make Bangsamoro pilot for federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /23 April) — A Moro civil society leader said the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) needs to be passed “not later than two years from now” in accordance with… »

“Be positive, pro-active, aware of the gains of the peace process”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo urged participants to a peace symposium here to “be positive, be pro-active and be aware of the gains of the… »

Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — Malaysia’s closure of its border with southern Philippines has caused a spike in prices of commodities in the island provinces of the Autonomous Region in… »

Rescue and firefighting course grads in ARMM willing to volunteer for Mt. Apo

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 March) – New graduates of a rescue and firefighting course in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are willing to help out and go… »

MinDA eyes better road network for Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) central office in Manila will use as criteria for project identification the five development corridors that will… »

Hitech Monitoring

Agriculture field researchers conduct monitoring and digital mapping in Barangay Malatimon, Ampatuan, Maguindanao, which is badly hit by the dry spell and rat infestation. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera |… »

ARMM research unit uses modern technology to determine drought damage

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 1 March) – The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARRM), through its Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and the Philippine… »

Duterte’s rebuttal to Poe on the Bangsamoro shows she needs to study more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 February) — He spoke of righting a historical wrong, of offering the Bangsamoro Basic Law “with the same configuration” as well as federalism for all;… »

Maguindanao villagers benefit from rice variety that can withstand drought, flood

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 February) – A drought- and flood-resistant rice variety developed by three agricultural institutions has helped farmers in a village here cope with the effects of… »

GPH, MILF peace panels meet in KL for “ways forward”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 February) – The peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are back in Kuala Lumpur for a two-day meeting that started February… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: I am for peace but not for appeasement at the expense of the Republic

(Privilege Speech delivered by Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat on 2 February 2016 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City).  To me and to many, the ARMM is not… »

Bangsamoro law in the House: no numbers, no quorum

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 January) — A day after House Majority Leader said they cannot guarantee the passage of the Bangsamoro law before Congress adjourns again on February 5… »

P1.3-B oil palm project in Maguindanao is first investment in ARMM in 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 January) — A PhP 1.3 billion oil palm plantation project of a Singapore-Mindanao partnership, Gintong Agri-Corporation, was approved by the Regional Board of Investments in… »

ARMM records 4 stray bullet victims during New Year revelry

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) — Despite an intensified campaign against the use of firearms in welcoming the New Year in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), guns were still… »

ARMM Governor Hataman orders probe of Marawi attack on TV crew

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 December) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) condemned the attack on an ABS-CBN team in Marawi City last Saturday… »

ARMM sues contractors for unfinished school building projects

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 December) — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has filed cases against private contractors for unfinished school building projects. The regional government has already filed at… »

PNP chief wants Police Special Units in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao for 2016 polls

CAMP SALIPADA PENDATUN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 13 December) — The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has recommended the creation of Police Special Units (PSUs) in the run-up to… »

Bangsamoro nights

They do not celebrate Christmas in the Bangsamoro but the lights within the compound of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in Cotabato City take on a festive mood.… »

COMMENTARY: Human Rights: A Catholic Perspective

(Excerpts from the talk given by Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR during the Human Rights Day celebration of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) held in Cotabato City on… »

5 ARMM towns poorest in PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) — Five municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao recorded the highest poverty incidence in the country, results of the Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2012 estimates… »

Drilon says BBL still a “top priority’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still a “top priority,” Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said as he gave assurance… »

Security forces in Cotabato prepare for 2016 polls

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 November) – Military and police forces have stepped up efforts to address rising cases of violence in Cotabato City and neighboring areas in preparation for next year’s… »

Ferrer on BBL passage: not much time but “we’re still hoping”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – “It’s not over until its over,” the chair of the government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said… »

Dec. 16 deadline might pass with no BBL passed but Deles says “we’re not giving up”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 Nov) – The December 16 deadline set by the leadership of the House of Representatives and Senate to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will likely pass… »

ARMM offers rubber investors tax-free incentives under regions’ economic zone

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) – As hundreds of investors, farmers and other stakeholders in the rubber industry gathered here for the 2nd Philippine Rubber Investment and Market Encounter… »

Passing the BBL by Dec. 16: 15 session days in the House, 8 session days in the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 Nov) – Congress has been urged by various sectors to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by December 16, the target date set last month by the… »

Business, int’l groups push for passage of “acceptable” BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindNews/04 Nov) – Thirteen business groups in the country, including the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines Mindanao Business Council and ARMM Business Council, have jointly… »

ARMM Gov Hataman to Eat Bulaga: apologize to Muslim community

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 October) — The government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has asked GMA 7’s Eat Bulaga to apologize to the Muslim community following the outrage… »

Hataman seeks second term as ARMM governor

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 October) – Incumbent Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman on Thursday filed his certificate of candidacy for the same position under the ruling Liberal Party.… »

Freed on bail, Sajid Ampatuan runs for mayor of Shariff Aguak

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 12 October) — Sajid Islam Uy Ampatuan, the youngest son of the late Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was freed on bail in March this year after… »

With BBL in limbo, ARMM polls to push through; Hataman seeks reelection but..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Oct) — With the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in limbo, elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will proceed as scheduled on May 9,… »

EU-funded program aims to reduce maternal deaths in ARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 October) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is a recipient of a five-year program on reproductive health that aims to bring down the number of maternal… »

Only 18 session days left to pass BBL but CSOs, peace panels say “never say never to peace”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 08 October) – “Never say never to peace,” Mindanao’s civil society organizations and the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels say even… »

ARMM seeks P1-B budget for health

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 October) — The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on Tuesday said it has proposed a P1-billion budget from the national government to… »

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