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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

Bangsamoro gov't success 'most important goal' vs terrorism in PH – report

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:03 PM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict urges close cooperation between officials of the Bangsamoro region, the national government, and the military as 'consequences of failure could be devastating'

PROMISES OF PEACE. Supporters of the new Bangsamoro region gathered in Cotabato City for a peace gathering before the January 21, 2019 plebiscite. Photo by Rappler

To curb ISIS influence, Bangsamoro gov't must involve youth – Samira Gutoc

Mar 04, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The Moro youth, vulnerable to radicalization offline and online, should be included in the task of governing the new Bangsamoro region, says opposition senatorial bet Samira Gutoc

Duterte names Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Malacañang releases the appointment papers of 76 Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

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Hataman declines position in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:42 AM

During the turnover ceremony, the outgoing ARMM governor tells BARMM Interim Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim he wants to focus on Basilan, where he is running for congressman

TURNOVER. Mujiv Hataman (right) hands ARMM transition documents to Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim during a turnover ceremony in Cotabato on February 26, 2019. Photo courtesy of Omar Mangorsi

Though incomplete, BTA members to hold 1st meeting on Feb 27

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The meeting will be about preparations for the Bangsamoro Transition Authority's inauguration and the first session of the Bangsamoro Parliament

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flashes the peace sign as he poses for a photo with the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority following their oath-taking at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte apologizes to Misuari, thanks him for 'patience'

Feb 26, 2019 - 4:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari have a brief meeting days after the Chief Executive forms the MILF-dominated Bangsamoro Transition Authority

NOTHING WRONG. President Rodrigo Duterte says there is nothing wrong with 'embracing' Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari. Photo by Presidential Photo

Fighter to minister: Philippine Muslim rebel's new 'struggle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:16 PM

After decades as a rebel, Murad Ebrahim will need to become a bureaucrat

BANGSAMORO VOTE. Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Murad Ebrahim votes for the first time in his life on January 21, 2019, for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Halfway into term, Duterte delivers on Bangsamoro promise

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:00 AM

By naming the Bangsamoro Transition Authority members, President Rodrigo Duterte kickstarts the governance of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

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Murad named Bangsamoro region's interim chief minister

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Murad Ebrahim, who led the Moro Islamic Liberation Front through peace talks with 3 administrations, now faces the daunting task of governing the autonomous region whose creation he fought for

Ebrahim Murad. Rappler

Bangsamoro region's first officials to take oath on February 22

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The ceremony heralds the creation of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, the interim government of the newly-created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Moro Islamic Liberation Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. Also joining Murad are Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF peace implementing panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, BTC Commissioner Abdulraof Macacau and BTC Executive Director Esmael Pasigan. Joining the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. and Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bangsamoro region gains additional territories in Cotabato province

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

But the vote to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao loses in Lanao del Norte

DECIDE. Voters in the interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte cast their votes during the second Bangsamoro plebiscite on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte to Bangsamoro people: Bury your guns, join peace efforts

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:00 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Peace and Order Summit for Barangay Officials held at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City, Albay on February 8, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Moro food basics: Pastil

Feb 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'When a pastil has been sealed, it’s been sealed with our love for one another'

Images courtesy of McMorrie Bidara

[OPINION] What the Bangsamoro Museum needs to do

Feb 10, 2019 - 5:03 PM

The museum should honor the humblest of the Muslims of the Philippines – not just their leaders, nor only the principals of the protracted peace process

Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain/Rappler

63 out of 67 barangays in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro region

Feb 08, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The results in Cotabato are a big win for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front after losing the plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The new Bangsamoro region wins additional barangays in several towns in Cotabato, the MILF’s political party says. File photo from Comelec

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Feb 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

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Lanao del Norte rejects inclusion of towns in Bangsamoro region

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:47 PM

All 6 towns that vied for inclusion in the BARMM vote 'yes' but all other towns in the province vote against it

'NO' WINS. Residents line up at the Maranding Central Elementary School in Lanao del Norte to vote in the second Bangsamoro plebiscite. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: ARMM opens first Bangsamoro Museum

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The museum opens as the second round of voting for the Bangsamoro takes place

Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain/Rappler

Bangsamoro plebiscite 'peaceful,' say military, police

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:07 PM

'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

Army soldiers on Lanao del Norte on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

After violence, Bangsamoro voter turnout surprises Comelec

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says voters in Bangsamoro plebiscite areas 'feel strongly about these elections'

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

Polls close in second Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Despite fears, voting day in Lanao del Norte and parts of North Cotabato went without major problems

Voters at the Maranding Central elem school line up tp vote for the BOL. Maranding is Lanao del Norte's biggest barangay, business hub of the province. ( bobby lagsa/rappler)

FAST FACTS: How many are voting in 2nd Bangsamoro plebiscite?

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:38 PM

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

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Feb 06, 2019 - 1:03 PM

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Despite explosions, voters troop to polls in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:08 PM

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

Elieen Amin in the town of Lala, Lanao del Norte, on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

BOL plebiscite: 'Easier win' seen in North Cotabato than Lanao del Norte

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:20 AM

'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

BOL PLEBISCITE. A woman looks for her name in the voters' list at the Midsayap Pilot Elementary School, Midsayap, North Cotabato, on February 6, 2019. Photo from Comelec

Rappler Talk: Abdullah Dimaporo on expectations for the BOL Plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The Dimaporo clan openly opposes the inclusion of 6 municipalities in Lanao del Norte, saying the loss in territory will weaken the province

Dimaporos expect 'landslide victory' to keep Lanao del Norte towns out of BARMM

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:58 AM

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

Why the second Bangsamoro plebiscite matters

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:06 PM

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.

Ballot boxes for the Bangsamoro plebiscite in Marawi City being prepared by the city treasurer’s office 2 days ahead of the historic vote. The city's voters are spread over 210 precincts. Most of the 24 barangays from the Most Affected Area will vote in temporary shelter sites.

3 explosions hit Lanao del Norte on eve of BOL plebiscite

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:12 PM

(UPDATED) No casualties have been reported so far

EXPLOSIONS. Amy and police operators secure the explosion site along the national highway in Maranding, Lala, Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Security is 'main concern' in BOL plebiscite – Comelec | Evening wRap

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:47 PM

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WATCH: Groups engage in standoff on eve of BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

Feb 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

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

No credible threat to BOL plebiscite, says Lanao del Norte police chief

Feb 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Provincial police chief Leopoldo Cabanag says some 2,500 cops have been deployed throughout Lanao del Norte to secure voting sites on February 6

ASSURANCE. Lanao del Norte Police Chief Leopoldo Cabanag (left) assures Lanao del Norte voters of a peaceful plebiscite on the eve of the electoral exercise on February 5, 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Comelec: Security is 'main concern' in BOL plebiscite on February 6

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:33 AM

'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

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez says security is the 'main concern' in part 2 of the Bangsamoro plebiscite on February 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

More than 2,000 soldiers, cops to secure Bangsamoro plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:44 AM

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

ON DUTY. Policemen from the Central Visayas Regional Police Command board the truck at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, on February 4, 2019, to be brought to their areas they will secure during the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Most youth in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato favor BARMM inclusion – survey

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Surveyed youth in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato consider terrorism as the top priority the new Bangsamoro region should address

LAST VOTE. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has campaigned hard for the inclusion of more territories in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Catamco: BOL will bring peace to lumad of North Cotabato

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:32 PM

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

Zero ‘no’ votes in a number of Marawi City precincts as local election officers wrap up their Barangay’s #BangsamoroVote. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler