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'We can do better': Bangsamoro gov't asks Duterte to veto anti-terrorism bill

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

CAPTION | COMMITMENT. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim promises to ensure transition of 40,000 fighters to civilian life. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Bangsamoro lawyers, law students reject anti-terror bill

Jun 07, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'We support a just, humane law that will combat terrorism, and aid in our efforts toward a more harmonious and peaceful society. We regret that this is not the anti-terror bill,' say the lawyers, including Bangsamoro government Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba

BANGSAMORO LAWYER. Bangsamoro Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba. Photo from BARMM

[OPINION] Ramadan on lockdown: The habits we break, the values we relearn

May 24, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'For a fasting person [under quarantine], it was a different level of hardship altogether'

Bangsamoro region now has COVID-19 testing hub

May 20, 2020 - 7:05 PM

'The current capacity for testing is maximum of 72 specimens per day. Presently, we have 1,134 test kits,' the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center says

Photo from the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center Facebook page

BARMM reports 86% distribution of coronavirus cash aid

May 19, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Government social workers brave conflict-ridden areas to carry bags of cash to low-income households with no access to banks, say BARMM officials

Credit: BARMM Ministry of Social Services and Development

Bangsamoro region eyes local coronavirus testing within May

May 06, 2020 - 6:21 PM

'Pinapanalangin natin na within this month of May ay operational na po 'yung COVID-19 subnational laboratory center natin dito sa CRMC,' says BARMM Health Minister Saffrullah Dipatuan

CORONAVIRUS TESTING. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim turns over P14.1 million to CRMC Chief of Hospital Helen Yambao on Monday, April 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of BARMM PIO

Cotabato City hospital gets BARMM funding for coronavirus testing

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:13 PM

'We are dealing with an enemy that we cannot see with our naked eyes. Through our cooperation, understanding, and strong faith in Allah, we are confident that we will surpass this challenge,' says BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim

[OPINION] 365 days later: The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'At the end of the day, we will be the ones who will collectively redefine what it means to be Bangsamoro and redirect its future towards progress, development, and most importantly, self-determination'

Bangsamoro region orders LGUs to track attendees of Malaysia gathering

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There were 215 Filipinos who joined the Itjima congregation at the recent 4-day tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur, says the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

Background file photo of Tablighi Jamaat in Malaysia from Wikipedia

Bangsamoro mufti suspends Friday and congregational prayers

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:47 AM

The temporary suspensions will last for 3 weeks, from March 19 to April 10

SUSPENDED. File photo of Maranao women waiting for prayers to start in Marawi City. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH in race to trace Filipinos at Malaysian gathering linked to coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:37 PM

At least one attendee from Lanao Del Sur tests positive for coronavirus and is seeking treatment in a hospital in Cotabato City

PRECAUTIONS. The prayer room in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City where patient positive of coronavirus is a regular visitor. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/ RAPPLER

Rappler Talk: Bangsamoro region turns one

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:42 AM

Rappler talks to Zia Alonto Adiong, a member of the Bangsamoro Parliament, on controversies, challenges, and milestones of the fledgling Bangsamoro region in its first year

4 soldiers killed in Maguindanao clashes with pro-ISIS militants

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Government troops recover the bodies of 5 militants, and are verifying reports of 9 other casualties from the terrorist Dawlah Islamiyah Torayfie Group

3 pro-ISIS militants killed in Maguindanao clashes – military

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Separatist terror groups pose a challenge to the newly established regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which marks its first anniversary this month

VIOLENCE LINGERS. Firearms and ammunition recovered from fleeing members of an ISIS-linked group in Maguindanao. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command

Duterte names MILF founder's son as BTA member, completing Bangsamoro gov't

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Abdullah Hashim's appointment to the Bangamoro Transition Authority completes the interim government's required 80 members nearly a year after it was formed in March 2019

NEW GOVERNMENT. Bangsamoro Transition Authority members gather for the region's inauguration in March 2019. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] The future of women's leadership in the Bangsamoro

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:32 PM

'If we truly want the Bangsamoro women to be equal partners in development, then all policies and decisions affecting us should be made with us'

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

Rappler Screenshot

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