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Duterte names ex-Muslim affairs official as new Bangsamoro gov't member

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Ali Sangki is appointed to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, making him the 79th member out of the required 80

NEW GOVERNMENT. BTA members gather for BARMM's inauguration in March 2019. Malacañang file photo

Over 8,000 MILF fighters decommissioned in 2019 – OPAPP

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Wilven Mayor says a total of 12,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters will be decommissioned by 'early 2020'

DECOMMISSIONING. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels stand guard at the entry of Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019 ahead of a weapons decommissioning ceremony. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Bangsamoro intergovernmental body finally meets

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal lead the critical coordinating body, which was formed 9 months after the inauguration of the Bangsamoro region

Voters in thia interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte have an easier time casting their vote for the BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Families displaced by Maguindanao clashes cry for help

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Traumatized by the sound of bombs and guns, at least 2,000 families caught in the battle between terrorists and the military are staying in makeshift booths in open spaces, a Moro community leader tells Rappler

DRIVEN OUT. Skirmishes between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters including the pro-ISIS Abu Torayfie Group in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, over the past week have driven some 800 families to flee their homes and stay in makeshift booths. Photo sourced by Rappler

150 more MILF soldiers join Bangsamoro security team

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The former rebel fighters join members of the police and military in a security force tasked with protecting certain areas of the Bangsamoro region until an elected government is established in 2022

FORMER REBELS. Among members of the latest batch of the Joint Peace and Security Team of the Bangsamoro region are former rebel combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, who completed their training on November 22, 2019. Photo from OPAPP

U.S. funds P1 billion in programs to help BARMM transition, fight terrorism

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Suicide bombings in Mindanao are a ‘major concern,’ says a top US counterterrorism official visiting Manila to boost cooperation in tactical response, border security, and cutting terrorist funding

FIGHTING TERRORISM. The siege of Marawi City in 2017 is a grim reminder of the insidious threat of terrorism in the Philippines. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Delays, anomalies in Lanao infra projects haunt Bangsamoro region

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Lack of contracts, delays of over one year mar public works projects in Lanao del Sur's 2nd District, pressuring the new Bangsamoro government to act

[OPINION] Building social capital with the Bangsamoro is a must

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Civil society must do its part by offering much-needed support, because we all know that criticizing from a distance can only do so much

Duterte urged to form Bangsamoro intergovernmental relations body

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to create an intergovernmental relations body deemed critical to the success of the new Bangsamoro region in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during the launch of the second phase of the decommissioning of Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants and weapons at the Old Provincial Capitol Compound in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on September 7, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP to probe Murad’s claim that military is ‘main source’ of Mindanao loose firearms

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The interim chief minister of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region earlier said that many loose firearms in Mindanao bear the markings of the Department of National Defense

LOOSE FIREARMS. Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, BARMM interim Chief Minister and MILF Chairman, said the military is the 'main source' of illegal firearms in Mindanao. In this photo, Presidential Peace Process Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr inspects guns submitted by the MILF for decommissioning in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Mindanao lawmakers seek creation of 'National DPWH' in BARMM

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman says this would allow BARMM to properly implement infrastructure programs funded by the national government, but BARMM spokesperspon Naguib Sinarimbo believes it is 'not allowed'

NEW GOVERNMENT. BTA members gather for BARMM's inauguration in March 2019. Malacañang file photo

Duterte names ex-ARMM official, youth activist as Bangsamoro gov't members

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Rasol Mitmug Jr and Jam Disimban Ramos are appointed to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, bringing its membership to 78 out of the required 80

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Foreign embassies required to get DFA clearance before donating to BARMM

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 'there'll be hell to pay' if foreign embassies bypass the Department of Foreign Affairs

BANGSAMORO REGION. In January 2019, majority of voters in the Bangsamoro region voted to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Pro-ISIS BIFF faction behind Isulan bomb attack – military

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The blast that wounded 8 people on September 7 was the group's way of gaining attention following setbacks from battles with government forces, says Western Mindanao's military commander

FOCUSED ATTACKS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it has driven out the Dawlah Islamiyah Torayfie Group from its strongholds in the Liguasan Marsh. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Can't afford to fail: Bangsamoro region weathers birth pains

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:45 PM

In its first 5 months, the new Bangsamoro government gets past birth pains as its Parliament and Cabinet struggle to make an impact on the daily lives of the region's people

'We are not surrendering': Tears, prayers as MILF begins large-scale disarming of forces

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'If it is in our power to make peace happen and Allah grants it to us, we do not want our families to go through what we’ve suffered,' says an MILF combatant

READY FOR CHANGE. MILF Combatant Mokada Alia Abas Salipada wears the uniform made for the Joint Peace and Security Team, a newly established unit in the Bangsamoro region that mixes MILF combatants, soldiers, and cops. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Mindanao closer to peace as MILF decommissions 12,000 fighters – gov't

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:43 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony in Maguindanao on Saturday, September 7, as former rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front begin their transition to civilian life

DECOMMISSIONING. More than 1,000 soldiers of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will begin their transition to civilian life on September 7. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

BARMM adopts official flag as region’s first law

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The Bangsamoro flag embodies its people’s 'identity, history, heritage, struggles, and aspiration,' reads the law

BANGSAMORO FLAG. The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao establishes the region's official flag. Photo from the Facebook page of Majority Leader MP Atty. Lanang Ali Jr.

DPWH lines up P5 billion Bangsamoro projects for 2020

Aug 31, 2019 - 3:16 PM

Some P5.22 billion in major national infrastructure projects are lined up for 2020 for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Marawi crisis spokesman Zia Alonto Adiong named BTA member

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The Duterte administration still has to name 4 more Bangsamoro Transition Authority members, which the Bangsamoro law states must number 80

CONCERNS. Zia Alonto Adiong is pictured here with Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista and Western Mindanao chief Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte to issue executive order for BTA to exploit Liguasan Marsh

Aug 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority can only initiate the exploration for natural gas and oil in Liguasan Marsh through an executive order, says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on the sidelines of the inauguration of BARMM at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Murad encourages 'pro-people, pro-environment' mining in Bangsamoro

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The results of an ongoing mining audit will be the basis of a 'responsible mining' law in the new region, says Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Hadj Murad Ebrahim delivers a message during the launching of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City on February 24, 2017. RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo

BTA targets Bangsamoro gov't codes by end of 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Bangsamoro Interim Cabinet will draft the codes and submit them to the Parliament for deliberation in early October

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Bangsamoro barangays to get boost in education, health services in 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority plans to use P30 billion in unprogrammed funds meant for the implementation of the Bangsamoro law to address high student dropout rates and lack of health workers

a Maranao infant gets his vaccines in a makeshift health center in Sarimanok tent citu in Marawi City. Many displaced Maranao, vicitms of the Marawi Siege n 2017 are hopeful that the Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring in more stability in their province which are plague with clan feud, political and armed problems for decades. The core Bangsamoro Region will vote on Monday, January 21, to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Rappler Talk: BARMM Interior Minister Naguib Sinarimbo on Bangsamoro updates

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:13 AM

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority is in office, but what now?

AFP to train 255 ex-MILF fighters to help secure Bangsamoro region

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces will work alongside soldiers and cops in the Joint Peace and Security Team, says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr

WAR AND PEACE. Former MILF rebels join a training on capability building in Al Barka, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

12 terrorists killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the suspects were plotting bomb attacks in populous and urban areas

TERROR THREAT. The 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017 exemplifies the existing threat of terrorism in the Philippines. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bangsamoro parliament bats for Dimaampao as next SC justice

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Marawi-born CA Justice Japar Dimaampao is being pushed to become only the 2nd Muslim SC justice in history

SC APPLICANT. Court of Appeals Justice Japar Dimaampao is shortlisted to replace Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo. PTV Screenshot

Elderly woman killed, 2 others wounded in North Cotabato air strike

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military says the air and ground assault at dawn was in an area controlled by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Duterte, Murad agree to form intergovernmental relations body

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim says the BTA is ready to name its members for the body

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on the sidelines of the inauguration of BARMM at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Murad agrees with Piñol designation as Duterte's BARMM 'point man'

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim expressed his agreement with Manny Piñol's designation duing a meeting in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Murad Ebrahim during the Eid'L Fitr Celebration at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Piñol not popular among Bangsamoro people – BTA chief Murad

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is seen as 'very anti-Bangsamoro struggle for self-determination' by many people in the new region, says BTA Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

Secreatary Manny Pinol during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Agriculture and its attached agency on October 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Italy keen on supporting Bangsamoro farm sector

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The Italian government is interested in funding development programs for farming and fisheries in the Bangsamoro region, as well as the construction of rural roads and even river dredging

NEW INVESTOR. A delegation composed of the Italian government and private financing firms told Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol their intention to help develop the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Larry Nuestro/DA-AFID)

Duterte tells Bangsamoro gov't to 'hurry up'

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:09 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also mentions a 'communication breakdown' between Bangsamoro officials and the national government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Maguindanao is a forgotten crisis

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:11 AM

'Evacuation should not be a way of life. We need to put displaced people at the front and center of our legislative action,' says humanitarian manager Rhoda Avila

12,000 former MILF troops to be decommissioned in 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Decommissioning of the troops comes after the ratification of the Bangsamoro Law and is part of the Philippine government's agreement with the MILF

PEACE DEAL. In this photo taken on October 15, 2012 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stand in formation inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

Ghazali Jaafar's son takes his place in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

May 23, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Other new appointments include Fernando Borja as special envoy to Japan and Grepor Belgica as Presidential Adviser for Religious Affairs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with some of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority during the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Threats, vote-buying in Bangsamoro region on eve of midterm polls

May 12, 2019 - 9:07 PM

International Alert Philippines says the stakes are high for the Bangsamoro region, as it needs elected officials who will help ensure the region's success

HIGH STAKES. The 2019 midterm elections will be the first in the Bangsamoro region, with voters choosing leaders who can spell progress or added challenge to the new region. File photo by Rappler

BARMM human rights worker shot dead in Cotabato City

May 02, 2019 - 8:10 AM

BARMM human rights investigator Archad Ayao is killed by a suspect riding a motorcycle

KILLED. BARMM human rights worker Archad Ayao. Photo from Ayao's Facebook page

Duterte orders gov't agencies to implement Bangsamoro normalization process

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs national government agencies to 'prioritize, intensify, and accelerate' programs to help former MILF combatants and their families

Scenes at the Simuay Juncton Central Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. it is at this school that MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim voted for the first time.

CHED taps top universities to assist BARMM colleges

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Campuses of Mindanao State University and University of the Philippines are among those that will provide 'technical assistance' in subject areas ranging from engineering to development

PARTNERSHIP. The Commission on Higher Education says the country's top universities, including the University of the Philippines will help colleges in the Bangsamoro region improve courses. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'New dawn' for Mindanao as Bangsamoro region inaugurated

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim leads Bangsamoro officials in taking an 'oath of moral governance,' promising to reject corruption and promote inclusive empowerment in the new region

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures to the hundreds of attendees after sounding the agung to signal the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. Joining the President is BARMM Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who's who in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority

Mar 29, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Let's take a look at the composition of the BTA: How many women and men? Which provinces do the members come from, and what are their areas of expertise?

Ex-House deputy speaker Balindong named Bangsamoro Parliament Speaker

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Hatimil Hassan of the Moro National Liberation Front is deputy speaker while lawyer Lanang Ali Jr and former ARMM executive secretary Laisa Alamia are majority leader and minority leader, respectively

Japan signs P41-M assistance to 5 local government projects

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) The projects will benefit communities in Aurora, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao

SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT. The Japanese ambassador to the Philippines, Koji Haneda, says the grants should help improve the living conditions of vulnerable sectors. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Japan-Press

Bangsamoro gov't inauguration repeatedly delayed to ensure Duterte presence

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim says President Rodrigo Duterte's attendance at the ceremonies is for the benefit of the Bangsamoro government

NOT YET IN SESSION. In this file photo, President Duterte is with Interim Bangsamoro chair Murad Ebrahim (2nd from right), members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority and senators last month. Photo courtesy of Malacañang.

‘It’s like a hero’s burial’: Thousands attend MILF leader’s funeral

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:33 PM

Ghazali Jaafar, the key MILF leader who brought the peace process to the finish line, dies at 75. The crowd at his funeral in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, was nothing locals had seen in recent history.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Ghazali Jaafar died on March 13, 2019, more than two weeks after members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority took their oath of office in Malacañang. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2 foreign fighters believed to be among 20 killed in Maguindanao clashes

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The military is retrieving body parts to identify all of the fatalities in clashes between troops and suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Ghazali Jaafar, Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman, dies

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:15 AM

(5th UPDATE) Jaafar's passing comes just over two weeks after the new members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority members took their oath of office in Malacañang

NEW CHAPTER. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with new members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority after their oath-taking ceremony in Malacañang. RTVM Screenshot

Mahathir sees Bangsamoro region boosting PH-Malaysia economic ties

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he expects the new Bangsamoro region to spur growth and development