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1st batch of former MILF fighters ready to join peace and...

THE FIRST batch of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants, composed of 219 men, have completed their month-long basic military training and will now be joining the Joint Peace and Security Team (JPST), together with members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

BARMM’s Finance ministry prepares to evaluate, consolidate budget proposal

THE DIFFERENT ministries of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are expected to submit their respective budget proposals by Aug. 30, which will then be evaluated and consolidated by the Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM).

BARMM to start ‘phasing out’ 6,000 employees by Oct

MORE THAN 6,000 positions under the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be phased out starting October this year as part of the transition into the new Bangsamoro ARMM (BARMM).

BARMM emergency response office to tap former combatants for rescue teams

THE BANGSAMORO Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) newly-launched Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI) office is aiming to tap former rebel group combatants as part of rescue teams.

Bangsamoro parliament passes resolution on ad-hoc joint body for Sulu Sea,...

THE BANGSAMORO Parliament has passed a resolution calling for the creation of an ad-hoc body to identify zones of cooperation and ensure the equitable sharing of resources from the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf between the region and the national government.

DAP to assist in setting up BARMM offices

THE DEVELOPMENT Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement with the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to assist in the establishment of offices in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Bring the intervention to the barangay level–BARMM MILG minister

THE SERIES of discussions for drafting the Bangsamoro local government code kicked off Monday in Cotabato City, with the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) setting its sights on strengthening barangays being the local government unit (LGU) “nearest” to the people.

NAPC, BARMM gov’t tackle anti-poverty strategy with 5 provinces in the...

THE NATIONAL Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government met this week to discuss strategies towards bringing down the poverty rate in the region, which stood at 63% as of the first semester 2018.

A Mangudadatu elected 1st woman governor of Maguindanao

BESTING FIVE other candidates, Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu has won as the first woman governor of Maguindanao with 256,338 votes.

MILF prepares UBJP party for 2022 polls as BARMM transitions in...

SULTAN KUDARAT, MAGUINDANAO — Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim, also chair of the former rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), cast his vote Monday, his first time to participate in national elections.

BARMM adopts drone technology as transparency tool

THE BANGSAMORO Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has launched the Expanded Bangsamoro Advanced Road Mapping and Management (E-BARMM) System to monitor and report on infrastructure projects as part of efforts to improve transparency in the region.

Ramadhan Trade Fair opens

THE FIRST Bangsamoro Ramadan Trade Fair was launched on Wednesday inside the Bangsamoro People’s Complex in Cotabato City.

28 Abu Sayyaf surrender since January

ANOTHER MEMBER of the Abu Sayyaf Group surrendered to the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) in Sulu last May 1, bringing the total to 28 since intensified military operations after the Jan. 27 bombing of a Catholic church in the island province’s capital.

Bangsmoro regional human rights investigator, driver shot dead

AN INVESTIGATOR of the Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Archad Ayao, was shot dead in Cotabato City Tuesday while on board a motorcycle transport service known as habal-habal.

IDB prepares for actual decommissioning process after simulation exercises

IN PREPARATION for the decommissioning of the 12,000 Moro Islamic Liberations Front (MILF) combatants, or 30% of its armed forces, the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) conducted a series of decommissioning simulation exercises.

BTA sets up committees for priority legislation

THE BANGSAMORO Transition Authority (BTA) has created eight ad hoc committees that will prepare the documents for the administration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) regional government.

Bicol tops regions in economic growth

THE ECONOMY of Bicol Region grew the fastest among the 17 Philippine regions in 2018, exceeding the growth rate posted by the capital as well as the national average.

On Duterte’s remark on rehab for Marawi homes: Sad but illuminating

MARAWI CITY-based civil society organization leader Drieza A. Lininding said they welcome President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s recent remarks on the Marawi rehabilitation as it clarifies the government’s stance on the reconstruction of ravaged homes.

TPMT cites Marawi City rehabilitation as one of crucial components in...

THE INDEPENDENT Third-Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) of the Bangsamoro peace process, in its 5th Public Report released on Tuesday, said the “immediate rehabilitation” of war-torn Marawi City is one of the crucial components in the region’s transition under the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

BIFF members attack Maguindanao community, CAFGU detachment

MEMBERS OF the extremist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked a civilian community and a military auxiliary force detachment in Barangay Kauran, Ampatuan, Maguindanao last Sunday evening, the military reported on Tuesday.

New Bangsamoro government outlines next steps as BTC holds inaugural session

COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) held its first session Friday and elected the officers of the Parliament under the new regional government.

Defense chief assures no ‘haven’ for IS in PHL

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said Islamic State (IS) members fleeing Syria, particularly Malaysians and Indonesians, could possibly enter the Philippines through backdoor points, but assured that these extremists will find no “haven” in the country.

BTA inauguration, parliament 1st session set on March 25

THE 75-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will have their inauguration on March 25 in Cotabato City, alongside the first session of the parliament of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Marawi City vice-mayor also facing drug, murder cases

MARAWI CITY Vice-Mayo Arafat Salic, who was arrested at the city hall on March 13 over rebellion charges, is also facing cases relating to illegal drugs and murder, according to military officials.

Measles cases in Bangsamoro region drop, but still at 361 so...

THE MINISTRY of Health (MoH) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) reported 361 confirmed measles cases from Jan. to March 10 this year, a significant drop from 1,260 cases in the same period last year.

Rebel-turned-peacemaker: Ghazali Jaafar, 75

FLAGS were flown half-mast at the Bangsamoro People’s Compound in Cotabato City in honor of Ghazali Jaafar, one of the most prominent leaders of the Moro armed struggle and later negotiator for peace.

BARMM issues fatwah to clarify that immunization is halal

AN ISLAMIC ruling, or a fatwah, on immunization was signed by 13 Muslim religious leaders of the Regional Darul Ifta (RDI) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on March 12 to clarify that it is consistent with the faith.

Civil society leader says BTA would do better in Marawi rehab

MARAWI CITY-based civil society organization leader Drieza A. Lininding has called on the national government to let the newly-established Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) take over the rehabilitation program in Marawi City.

BOL plebiscite went ‘smoothly’ despite pre-voting day blasts

THREE GRENADE explosions hit different areas in Lanao del Norte on the eve of the second round of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite on Wednesday, but the voting day itself went generally smoothly, according to election and security officials.

More areas at stake in today’s Bangsamoro vote

TWO PROVINCES in two regions in Mindanao stand to lose parts of their areas as towns and villages cast their votes on Wednesday on whether or not to be part of the new Bangsamoro region.

Military crushes BIFF camp after members’ tip-off

THE PHILIPPINE military destroyed on Saturday a main camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a local extremist group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), after members who have earlier surrendered provided crucial information.

2 dead in grenade attack at Zamboanga mosque

ANOTHER BLAST rocked southern Philippines in the early morning of Jan. 30, this time at a mosque in Zamboanga City in mainland Mindanao, killing two people and wounding at least four others.

Organic law ratification just the first step in the path to...

THE RATIFICATION of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in the core of what would be a new autonomous region in Mindanao is a key step in the peace process as it paves the way for equally major, if not bigger, tasks needed to achieve inclusive, sustained economic development.

Jolo church bombed a week after BOL plebiscite

AT LEAST 18, including soldiers, were killed and about 80 were wounded on Sunday morning, after two bombs exploded at Jolo Cathedral in the predominantly Muslim island and capital of Jolo, about a week after the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

3 soldiers wounded in pursuit operations vs Maute group remnants

THREE SOLDIERS were wounded in a clash with about 24 remnants of the local terror group Maute in Barangay Sumalindao, Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur on Thursday morning.

BOL vote questioned in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY-Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said on Wednesday said she will file an election protest over the local result of the Bangsamaro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite in her city.

Canvassing starts as BOL approval anticipated

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) en banc convened on Tuesday morning as the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) to start the official count for the votes in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite, but adjourned by 11:30 a.m. as it

Authorities report ‘peaceful’ BOL plebiscite

MONDAY’S plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has been mostly peaceful despite some untoward incidents, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said in an update on Monday.

Economics and politics of the Bangsamoro vote

TODAY’S PLEBISCITE for a new law that will expand the geographic coverage and economic authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) comes at a period when significant growth has been recorded in this part of the country that has otherwise been afflicted by poverty and armed conflict.

Marawi City gov’t free transport offer good but illegal, says LENTE

FREE TRANSPORT service during the Jan. 21 Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite has been announced by the local government for Marawi residents living outside the city.

Military, police beef up security as BOL plebiscite nears

THE MILITARY and police have recently foiled bomb threats and seized firearms from terror groups as security operations are beefed up for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite on Jan. 21 and Feb. 6.

Another Indonesian hostage rescued from Abu Sayyaf

ANOTHER Indonesian held by Abu Sayyaf militants was rescued in Sulu on Jan. 15. the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) reported yesterday.

Duterte to join campaign for BOL approval

COTABATO CITY — Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim expressed confidence in the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) given the vigorous campaign that various sectors have been conducting in the past weeks.

DoH, Comelec regional offices gear up for Bangsamoro vote

WITH AN expected 2.8 million voters for the coming Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite, the Department of Health (DoH) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have laid out plans to ensure immediate response to critical situations.

PNP forms task group to go after mall bombers

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City) has activated special investigation task group (SITG) South Seas to track down the perpetrators of the Dec. 31 bombing at a shopping mall in Cotabato City.