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).

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.

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...

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

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...
SHIELDED. Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members and supporters shield MNLF leader Nur Misuari from the heat of the sun as he speaks before thousands of MNLF members and supporters during their 17th "Grand Summit Gathering" at the Crocodile Park in Davao City on Sunday, October 21. Mindanews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

Misuari on Bangsamoro territory: “five tiny provinces”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) – From a makeshift stage at the Crocodile Park here, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misuari, introduced by...

11 for 2010 ARMM Peace Summit: 11 problems and the people’s recommendations

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 September) – The problems are certainly more than the 11 drawn from the provincial peace summits in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Lanao...