Category Archives: Bangsamoro

Eid al-Adha is on 10th Dhu’l Hijjah based on local time, not Makkah time.

For several years now, there has been a move to have a Universal Hijri Calendar — one calendar to serve for the whole Ummah. Saudi Arabia wants to be the one to fix the dates of the Universal Calendar. But Turkey, the former Ottoman Empire, also wants to be the center of this calendar. The … Continue reading Eid al-Adha is on 10th Dhu’l Hijjah based on local time, not Makkah time.

PEACETALK: The BOL may not be a perfect law for us but at least we can have something to start with

(Statement of Mohagher Iqbal, MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair, during the Presentation on Republic Act No. 11054 or the “Organic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao” on 08 August 2018 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ARMM ORG Compound in Cotabato City) Asalaamu alaikum warakmatulahi taala wa barakatuh. Good morning, ladies and […]

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) to “actively participate in constructive discussions” about the Bangsamoro law and to vote in the plebiscite that would ratify it. “I ask my Bangsamoro brothers and sisters, as well as the […]

RA 11054

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presents Republic Act No. 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo  

Prof says it is “fatally wrong” to assume Bangsamoro law will solve armed conflicts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 August) — A university professor here said it is “fatally wrong” to assume that the newly-signed Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be the only solution to the armed conflicts in what is presently referred to as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) because […]

UPDATE: Car bomb kills 11 in Basilan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 31 July) – A car laden with a powerful bomb exploded at a military checkpoint in Basilan province in the southern Philippines Tuesday morning, killing at least 11 persons, including five government troops, officials said. The deadly blast came less than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, […]

Towns to vote on inclusion of their barangays in Bangsamoro

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – Barangays outside of the core territory of the Bangsamoro that are proposed for inclusion in the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will become part of the new political entity if the municipalities to which they now belong will vote in favor of the law creating such […]

Awaiting Demobilization

Young MILF fighters join the Consultative Assembly on the Bangsamoro Organic Law in Camp Darapanan in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on July 29, 2018. The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro provides for the full disarmament and demobilization of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces after the full implementation of the peace deal. MindaNews photo by H. […]

Murad: meeting people’s expectations is the biggest challenge

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 30 July) –  Meeting the Moro people’s expectations is the biggest challenge once the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) is ratified and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front becomes part of government, MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said during the Consultative Assembly on […]

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 the chances of  ratification of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao during the plebiscite, Engr. Aida Soliwan of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s social welfare committee […]

Bangsamoro flaglets

Supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) wave Bangsamoro flaglets during the Bangsamoro Consultative Assembly on the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao inside Camp Darapanan in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Magu…

Bangsamoro law

Ghazali Jaafar (center), 1st vice chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), also chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that drafted the Bangsamoro law, hands a copy of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  to MILF  Chair  Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (left) as MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher […]

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) is defective but corrective measures can be undertaken, including making President Rodrigo Duterte sign it again, former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel and law professor Antonio La Viña said. Duterte, who […]

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 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) that President Rodrigo Duterte claimed in two speeches on Thursday, that he had already signed. The […]

Republic Act 11054: Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Republic Act No. 11054 is an Act providing for the the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, repealing for the purpose Republic Act No. 6734, entitled “An Act Providing for an Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” as amended by Republic Act No. 9054, entitled, “An Act to Strengthen and Expand the…

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 President  Rodrigo Duterte was talking about? Did President Rodrigo Duterte sign into law the proposed Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) as he claimed he had […]

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 version of the proposed Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  (OLBARMM) which the Senate already ratified Monday morning. President Rodrigo Duterte was supposed to have signed it […]

From ARMM to BARMM: ARMM’s elected in BTA; ARMM with BTC as “caretakers”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) — The elected officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be able to complete their three-year term of office until June 30, 2019 even if the ARMM is abolished earlier than that. The Bicameral Conference Committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) amended some provisions […]

Murad: BARMM is “very much above ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) — Members of the Central Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and commanders of its armed wing, the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) are “inclining to accept” the final version of  what the Bicameral Conference Committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law now refers to as the  […]

INSIDER MEDIATORS: This is about self determination, not determination by others

(Statement of the Insider Mediators, read at the press conference of civil society organizations at the Dapitan Room of EDSA Shangrila Hotel on 17 July 2018. Insider Mediators is a platform for the Bangsamoro from various sectors who try to work within their respective organizations to achieve a wider consensus on major Moro issues such […]

PEACETALK: Malaysia and its role in the GPH-MILF peace process

(Mohahger Iqbal, chair of the peace panel of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that negotiated and signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro sent this piece to MindaNews to give readers a historical background on the GPH-MILF peace process as the Bicameral Conference Committee on the Proposed Bangsmaoro […]

What Will Happen to Us?

Employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, airing uncertainties over their security of tenure once the Bangsamoro Basic Law is approved, wear sad faces as they attend the flag ceremony on Monday, 16 July 2018, at the ARMM Compound in Cotaba…

MILF chair on bicam version of Bangsamoro law: “80 to 90% CAB-compliant”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) — The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said they will hold consultations with the Bangsamoro people as soon as they get the “final clean copy” of the proposed Bangsamoro law version of the Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) but will likely accept it as it is “initially […]

The Bangsamoro law: not fully CAB-compliant but “it’s ARMM plus definitely”

QUEZON CITY  (MindaNews / 14 July) — It may not fully comply with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the peace agreement signed by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2014, but “it’s ARMM plus definitely,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said of the new political entity that would […]

What makes the new Bangsamoro political entity “more than ARMM”?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) — Flashing the peace sign shortly after suspending the Day 3 session at 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday with “95% of the work done,” Zubiri reiterated what he told MindaNews earlier that afternoon: “1,000 per cent better than ARMM” (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao). Last month, he said the same […]

New Bangsamoro political entity: from ARMM to BARMM; from BBL to OLBARMM

ORTIGAS (MindaNews / 10 July) — From ARMM to BARMM. The new autonomous political entity that will replace the 28-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be known as the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as agreed upon by the 28-member Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) that has been meeting at […]