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Duterte: Bangsamoro law is “one of the great developments that happened in this country”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 February) – Calling it “one of the great developments that happened in this country” in the last three years, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he is glad the ratification of RA11054 or the Organic Act for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao “succeeded,” asked those who took up arms to bury them and urged everyone to “join us in government.”

PH, JICA to sign loan agreement for road projects in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – The Philippine government is set to sign a loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)...

Bangsamoro is ARMM + Cotabato City + 63 villages in North Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 February) – Five provinces, three cities, 116 towns, and 63 barangays out of Mindanao’s 27 provinces, 33 cities, 422 towns and 10,084 barangays.

Japan’s Foreign Minister meets Domingez, Murad; reiterates support for BARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 February) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met here with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and later with Moro Islamic...

Pikit’s fate: 20 barangays remain with North Cotabato, 22 joining BARMM

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 08 February) -- Among the seven towns in North Cotabato where residents voted Wednesday on the proposed inclusion of...

In Pikit’s war zones, voters say “yes” to Bangsamoro means “no more war, no...

BULIOK, Pikit, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 08 Feb) – Two-month old Myrhana Mangaguil was in deep slumber on the lap of her aunt, Hamira...

674,343 voters in Lanao Norte, North Cot decide on BARMM inclusion on Feb 6

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 05 February) – A total of 674,343 registered voters in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato will troop to...

MILF and MNLF in Lanao Norte: “Let Christians and Muslims vote, free of threats...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 February) – “Let the Christians and Muslims in Lanao del Norte vote on the Bangsamoro organic law free of threats...

Nene Pimentel: “Keep on with our collective effort to establish a lasting peace”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 February) – Given the challenges brought about by the recent bombings of Jolo’s cathedral and a mosque in Barangay...

Appointments to Bangsamoro transition body out after Feb. 6 plebiscite

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 February) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will name the 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) after the February...

Lumads in core territory want Bangsamoro Transition Authority set up ASAP

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 February) – In the wake of Sunday’s bombing of a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, the Mindanao Indigenous People’s Legislative...

Bangsamoro law ratified; how soon can transition from ARMM to BARMM begin?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 January) -- Exactly four years after the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano Tragedy in Maguindanao that left 66 persons dead and effectively killed the chance to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Commission on Elections on January 25, 2019 proclaimed that RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has been ratified by majority of the people in the proposed core territory

MILF to initially decommission1,800 to 2,100 weapons; 9K to 12K forces

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 January) – With the plebiscite results showing the certainty of ratification of RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the decommissioning of the weapons and combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) is also a certainty: immediately after ratification, it has to decommission 30% of its weapons and forces.

For now, BARMM is ARMM plus Cotabato City as 1.6M vote ‘yes,’ 246,185 vote...

DAVAO CITY (MIndaNews / 24 January) -- Although still unofficial until the proclamation by the National Board of Canvassers, final results of the January 21 plebiscite in the five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the cities of Cotabato and Isabela show RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has been ratified by an overwhelming majority in its proposed core territory: 1.6 million “yes” and 246,185 “no.”

Comelec: “clerical error” won’t affect vote results in Cotabato City; Mayor to file protest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 January) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said the discrepancies in statistical data indicated in the Certificate of Canvass (COC) on the number of registered voters and the number of those who actually voted in Cotabato City in the January 21 plebiscite were a “clerical error” that can be raised and corrected during the national canvass in Manila “without affecting the outcome of the plebiscite.” But Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said they will file a protest before the Comelec citing irregularities and threats. She told MindaNews Wednesday morning that the results “did not reflect the true will of the people of Cotabato.”

Cotabato City votes ‘yes’ to inclusion in Bangsamoro autonomous region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 22 January) -- At around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, chants of “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” reverberated in different parts in...

Fear and the fight for Cotabato City’s 113,751 votes: empty streets, closed shops

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 21 January) -- Outside the Cotabato City Central Pilot School along Sinsuat Avenue on Monday, the roll-up doors of stalls on...

From bullets to ballots: MILF chair Murad votes in school where he learned to...

COTABATO CITY  (MindaNews / 20 January) – On Monday, January 21, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will...

Peace Adviser appeals for sobriety following grenade blast in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 January ) – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process has appealed for sobriety following the grenade explosion at the...

Bangsamoro plebiscite: will the BARMM be more than ARMM in territorial scope?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 20 January) – A total of 2,165,316 registered voters in the five-province, two-city Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the cities of Cotabato and Isabela will troop to the polls on Monday, January 21, while at least 600,000 voters in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato will vote on February 6 to finally determine the territorial jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the new autonomous political entity that will replace the 28-year old ARMM.

Cardinal Quevedo optimistic it will be a ‘Yes’ to Bangsamoro

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 20 January) -- As Christians and Muslims ate together at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Niño parish compound here on Sunday, retired Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Mindanao’s first and only cardinal, fearlessly predicted that the “yes” votes will rule the plebiscite to ratify on Monday  Republic Act 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, also called the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), on Monday.

Transparency

As part of transparency efforts in the run-up to the January 21, 2019 plebiscite for the ratification of RA 11054 or the Organic Law...

Galvez: Ratify Bangsamoro law for a ‘brighter’ Mindanao

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 19 January) -- A “bright new leaf awaits” Mindanao if RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro...

Peace in Mindanao

Supporters campaigning for a "yes" vote to ratify RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao gather inside...

Duterte: ‘yes’ to Bangsamoro ends 50-year armed struggle; begins “new chapter in our history”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – President Rodrigo Duterte made a final push Friday for a “yes” vote to ratify RA 11054 (Organic...

Dimaporo, Commander Bravo meet in MILF camp

LINAMON, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews / 14 January) – "As part of our mandate to bring peace by building relationships, I am happy to...

Murad: “Peace is life. No peace, no life.”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 13 Jan) -- "Peace is life. No peace, no life. Peace to everyone," Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the...

67 villages in 7 North Cot towns will vote in Feb. 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Jan) – From 39 villages in six towns in North Cotabato that voted yes to inclusion in the Autonomous...

Duterte: PH “sailing on rough waters … unless we get through with this BOL”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 January) – The Philippines is “sailing on rough waters… unless we get through with this BOL (Bangsamoro Organic Law).”...

From Darapanan to ARMM to BARMM: thousands rally for “Yes” to Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 December) -- The campaign period for the plebiscite to ratify RA 11054 or the Bangsamoro law began Friday but...

Zubiri wants Galvez to replace Dureza; peace advocates say no to military Peace Adviser

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 December) -- A week after Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza resigned following President Rodrigo Duterte's firing of his two undersecretaries due to corruption, no successor has been appointed even as names have been floated, including retiring Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, who hails from Bukidnon in Maguindanao said Galvez,  who will be retiring by December 12, would be a "good replacement" for Dureza but peace advocates in Mindanao say the next Peace Adviser should not come from the military.

Bishops-Ulama Conference: Bangsamoro law is a “win-win” for peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 December) -- The Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is a "win-win proposition" for peace in Mindanao and the entire country as it addresses the historical injustices as well as the aspirations of the Moro people for an autonomous region and at the same time affirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Philippines, the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) said.

Duterte fires OPAPP execs for corruption; Dureza resigns, takes “full responsibility”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 November) -- President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday night that he had accepted the resignation of his high school classmate,...

Clear vision needed to unite different sectors in the future Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 November) -- A clear vision of the future Bangsamoro is needed to find a common ground where the Bangsamoro...

Duterte to meet with NDF leaders on possible resumption of peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 November) – President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with leaders of the National Democratic Front (NDF) after his Singapore and...

Davao Oriental Moro youth leader calls for support to ratify Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – A Moro youth leader from Davao Oriental said that even as her province is not part of the proposed...

Peace stakeholders craft vision for Bangsamoro gov’t

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 November) – Peace stakeholders outside the proposed territory envision a Bangsamoro government that will "shun corruption and patronage politics" to...

Murad meets int’l donor community; presents state of the future BARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 October) -- It was a "very historic conference," the representative of the Canadian Embassy said as the chair of...

Galvez declares end of war with MILF; MILF honors him as “Soldier of Peace”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat) -- With no firearms and no armed escorts, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez entered the Moro Islamic...

Duterte on Bangsamoro plebiscite: “I will campaign for the ‘yes'” vote

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 September) --  President Rodrigo Duterte has announced he would campaign for a "yes" vote in the January 21, 2019...

Iqbal says 2 of 3 BIFF factions OK MILF’s peace overtures; most radical rejects

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 05 September) -- A radical faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) Front has rejected overtures from...

Bangsamoro plebiscite set for January 21

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 Sept) -- The plebiscite to ratify RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim...

Duterte to residents in proposed Bangsamoro: discuss the law, vote in the plebiscite

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 August) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged residents of the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)...

Moro people urged to register to ensure ratification of Bangsamoro law

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 July) --  Moro people of voting age should register with the Commission on Elections to boost...

5 alleged NPA members from Bukidnon surrender in Cordillera; now back in Bukidnon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) -- Five alleged members of the New People's Army from Bukidnon -- aged 17 to 19 -- who...

Signed Bangsamoro law defective; Duterte has to sign anew

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) --  The signing of RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM)...

2 soldiers hurt in landmine explosion in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July)  – Two soldiers were injured after a landmine believed to have been planted by New People’s Army (NPA)...

Bangsamoro law signed July 27, exactly 10 years after MOA-AD was initialed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) -- Signed Friday, July 27, not Thursday or earlier than Thursday. Malacanang released late Friday afternoon  copy of RA...

Did President Duterte sign the Bangsamoro law? And what is this other autonomy?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) -- Did he or did he not sign the Bangsamoro law? And what is this other autonomy that...

Proposed Bangsamoro law ratified, awaits President Duterte’s signature

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) --  The House of Representatives on Tuesday ratified the report of the Bicameral Conference Committee on the final...

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