Category Archives: BARMM

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 the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) briefed international development partners, among them six Ambassadors, on the future Bangsamoro government, and presented a10-point priority program to meet the “huge challenges” in their […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Financial and economic sustainability of the Bangsamoro

Last of a four-part series CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — This is the final article in my series on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. I reserve the most important issue for the last. In the end, the Bangsamoro will rise or fall on whether it is able to make itself sustainable financially […]

Cotabato City gov’t files protest vs. MILF over strafing in Barangay Kalanganan

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – The Cotabato City government has filed a protest before the Joint Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) following the harassment allegedly by a commander of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) in Sitio Linao, Barangay Kalanganan Saturday […]

Cotabato City gov’t files protest vs. MILF over strafing in Barangay Kalanganan

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – The Cotabato City government has filed a protest before the Joint Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) following the harassment allegedly by a commander of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) in Sitio Linao, Barangay Kalanganan Saturday […]

PEACETALK: Basic understanding and commentary on education in the Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Sept) — Education is the most important institution because it develops all other institutions for effective functioning of a society. Social scientists regard education as a mirror of society because its level of quality portrays and dictates social conditions or status.  In a global setting, advanced countries and first world economies […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: A governance innovation in the Bangsamoro

2nd of a series CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Sept) — Article VII (Bangsamoro Government) of the Bangsamoro Organic  Law (BOL) outlines the government structure of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Government. The seat of government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region shall be determined by the Parliament taking into account accessibility and efficiency. The powers […]

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 plebiscite to ratify RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM). “Meron na tayo sa BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) lumusot na. And ito pa […]

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 the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to respect the new peace deal. Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the MILF peace implementing panel, said they have sent a team to one of the […]

Iqbal: ‘hawks’ out to derail peace efforts in Mindanao

KORONADAL CITY  (MindaNews/ 04 Septemer) — Top Moro leaders have urged the public to support peace efforts in Mindanao, warning that “hawkish quarters are out to derail the desired just and lasting peace in the south” as shown by the August 28 and September 2 bombings in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that left five civilians dead […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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  […]

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 […]