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“I hope that women can be the bridge between the Bangsamoro Parliament and the...

WOMEN IN THE BANGSAMORO “I hope that women can be the bridge between the Bangsamoro Parliament and the Grassroots” by Amalia Bandiola Cabuaso The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region...

Bangsamoro Transition Authority elects officials; Balindong is Speaker

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 March) – A former Deputy Speaker for Mindanao in the House of Representatives, was elected Speaker of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) during the inaugural session Friday of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Namera Ambor: “I want to feel good governance, peace and development in the BARMM”

WOMEN IN THE BANGSAMORO Namera Ambor: “I want to feel good governance, peace and development in BARMM by Kristelle Alina Rizardo “Naniniwala ako sa kasabihan na walang taong...

Bangsamoro in transition: Don’t call them by their noms de guerre anymore

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 13 March) – Don’t call them by their noms de guerre anymore.

MILF’s Jaafar laid to rest; thousands flock to his home to express sympathy

PIGCALAGAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 13 March) -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 1st Vice Chair Ghazali Jaafar was laid to rest shotly before noon Wednesday under the shade of oil palms in his residential compound here.

MILF’s Ghazali Jaafar passes away; his last public appeal to fellow leaders: “be the...

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 13 March) – Ghazali Jaafar, 1st Vice Chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), newly-appointed member of the Bangsamoro...

Mahathir assures Malaysia’s continued help “in the development of Mindanao”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 March) – Noting the “vast economic potential” of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed to boost economic ties between Malaysia and the Philippines and assured President Rodrigo Duterte that Malaysia will “continue to be of help in the development of Mindanao.”

Tawi-Tawi CSO leader will accept her fate in the BTA but “give me the...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 March)   -- Rubbing more salt to injury.“My wish is simple: a direct explanation to me. Why did they have to announce that they will write to me and to others as well as see me. Then silence from their end,” said Tawi-Tawi professor and civil society leader Arlene Napoles-Sevilla who

Murad vows a government “free of all the ills of governance;” names 10 ministers

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 26 February) – Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the 80-member body that will govern the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) until June 30, 2022, vowed on Tuesday a government that will “really be free of all the ills of governance,” and named the first set of Cabinet ministers during the turnover rites from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the BARMM at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex.

Bangsamoro in transition: so who took their oath as BTA members?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /24 February) -- Something awful happened on the way to the oathtaking ceremonies of the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) last Friday.

Duterte: “The road to peace may be long and rough, but I am glad that we have...

MALACANANG (MindaNews /23 February) -- A new chapter in Philippine history began on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Rizal Hall here with the leadership of the two Moro liberation fronts that waged half a century of armed struggle to assert their right to self-determination, and representatives from other sectors of Moro society and the minorities in the core territory of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)

At the BTA oathtaking, ‘Barong Bangsamoro’ symbolizes ‘Filipino by citizenship, Bangsamoro by identity’

MALACANANG (MindaNews / 23 February) – Men and women of the Bangsamoro in their colorful cultural attire and barong, stepped out of the elevators of the Manila Prince Hotel Friday noon, posed for souvenir photos – and selfies -- at the lobby while preparing for their date with history in Malacanang, the seat of power in the country.

Where will the 80-member BTA plus 25 holdovers hold sessions and offices?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) -- The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the 80-member body that will govern the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) during the three-year transition until June 30, 2022, will take their oath this week and will begin work as soon as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) turns over the region to the transition government on February 25. But where will the BTA hold sessions and offices?

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.”

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.

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...

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 to certify draft BBL as urgent

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify the new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella...

Davao folk more hopeful on GPH-MILF peace process than with GRP-NDFP talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – Dabawenyos believe the government’s peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will more likely succeed than that with the National Democratic Front of...

MILF rebels demand return of handgun seized by police in Maguindanao

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 April) – About 50 guerrillas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by Datu Solaiman Dimatuntay arrived at the local police station...

Preps for MILF decommissioning underway

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) – Preparations for the decommissioning of Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants are now underway to speed up the process once...

BTC skeds April 3-5 session to draft Bangsamoro law; awaits release of budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has been saying the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) is "about to complete" the draft...

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