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President Rodrigo Duterte directs national government agencies to 'prioritize, intensify, and accelerate' programs to help former MILF combatants and their families
The meeting will be about preparations for the Bangsamoro Transition Authority's inauguration and the first session of the Bangsamoro Parliament
But the vote to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao loses in Lanao del Norte
President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on the Bangsamoro people to put a stop to warlordism, one of the many security challenges facing the southern region
The results in Cotabato are a big win for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front after losing the plebiscite in Lanao del Norte
All 6 towns that vied for inclusion in the BARMM vote 'yes' but all other towns in the province vote against it
'Those who had to vote voted. The turnout is quite high. Intimidation [tactics] had minimal effect on the voters,' says military public affairs chief Colonel Noel Detoyato
Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says voters in Bangsamoro plebiscite areas 'feel strongly about these elections'
Despite fears, voting day in Lanao del Norte and parts of North Cotabato went without major problems
The towns and barangays that want to be in the new Bangsamoro entity should also get the approval of their parent local government units, following the 'double majority' rule
Voters in 22 towns in Lanao del Norte and 7 towns in North Cotabato will decide whether 6 Lanao towns and 67 Cotabato villages should be part of the Bangsamoro region
'In North Cotabato, the political leaders are not against inclusion of the barangays.... The people are free to vote,' says Naguib Sinarimbo of the MILF's United Bangsamoro Justice Party
The Dimaporo clan openly opposes the inclusion of 6 municipalities in Lanao del Norte, saying the loss in territory will weaken the province
Lanao del Norte 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimaporo is banking on the majority Christian population to troop to the polls, convinced they will vote in favor of exclusion
The February 6 plebiscite in areas in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato is more than just the final hurdle for advocates of the new Bangsamoro region. Here's why.
(UPDATED) No casualties have been reported so far
Residents who are for the exclusion of Lanao del Norte territories from the proposed Bangsamoro region confront observers from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and United Bangsamoro Justice Party
Provincial police chief Leopoldo Cabanag says some 2,500 cops have been deployed throughout Lanao del Norte to secure voting sites on February 6
'There's a lot of worry that the situation in Jolo will spill over to Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez
Government forces won't leave anything to chance as this Northern Mindanao province votes on whether to allow 6 municipalities to join the new Bangsamoro region
Surveyed youth in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato consider terrorism as the top priority the new Bangsamoro region should address
North Cotabato Representative Nancy Catamco, a Manobo, says she actively participated in the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law to bring peace and development to lumad communities
The alternative is continued violence, warns the MILF commander as Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato gear up for the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite
Many of the key government positions in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be occupied by members of the parliament
Who takes charge? What happens to Sulu and the rest of the ARMM? Read this explainer.
Among others, the Newsbreak team will tackle on Thursday, January 31, the continuing peace efforts in Mindanao and implications of lowering the minimum age of criminal liability
North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza says 'as we have done before, in the face of dangers and threats, we will look out for one another and we will stand together'
Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.
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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front readies a development plan for the Bangsamoro autonomous region as it gears up to lead its interim government
Residents from Marawi City hope the ratification of the Bangsamoro law will help speed up the rebuilding of the war-ravaged city
The MILF chairman is also confident that the interim Bangsamoro government can combat ISIS influence in Muslim Mindanao
The new autonomous region will be in place after President Rodrigo Duterte forms the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority
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What's the story behind the numbers? Here's a quick explainer on how key areas in Muslim Mindanao voted in the Bangsamoro plebiscite and why it matters.
(3rd UPDATE) '1.5 million said yes to peace, yes to Bangsamoro,' says lawyer Maisara Dandamun Latiph of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission
A well-organized grassroots campaign, coupled with support from Catholics and the national government, made the big win possible
The historic vote creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a more powerful political entity that allows the Bangsamoro people a chance at genuine self-governance
The Commission on Elections completes the canvass of the Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Cotabato City after ironing out 'discrepancies'
An anthropological goldmine, Cotabato City takes pride in its multicultural history. Its inclusion in the Bangsamoro region means it's time we give back.
This is the second set of discrepancies spotted in relation to the certificate of canvass (COC) of Cotabato City in the Bangsamoro plebiscite
Sulu is so far the only ARMM territory to have voted against the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, but this has no impact on the region for now
The group cites anomalies in about 80 plebiscite returns, although the votes will only be official once canvassed by the National Board of Canvassers in Manila
(UPDATED) Isabela City's decision to reject joining the BARMM prevails over the result in Basilan as inclusion will need the yes vote to win in both the city and the province
'Alhamdullilah, the city is back,' says Mariam Mastura-Linsangan as Cotabato City voted to join the Bangsamoro region
Truth will prevail, says the Commission on Elections after discrepancies were found in Cotabato City's certificate of canvass in the Bangsamoro plebiscite
Before the complete but unofficial tally in the city, 80 plebiscite returns had been contested due to alleged anomalies
The list of 41 names, submitted the week before the Bangsamoro plebiscite, includes at least 3 women, one Christian, and one member of an ethnic group
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