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Piñol has three other brothers who lost their election bids
Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts
BARMM human rights investigator Archad Ayao is killed by a suspect riding a motorcycle
Two female mayors from Mindanao known for their strong personalities band together to ensure victory for their 2019 candidates
The province of South Cotabato now has 3 legislative districts
But the vote to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao loses in Lanao del Norte
The results in Cotabato are a big win for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front after losing the plebiscite in Lanao del Norte
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
South Cotabato's Grace Signacio and Rhyniyll Yvis Endaya, along with Koronadal City's Romee Jonathan Rioja and Justin Matthew Basadre rule the archery tournament
Surveyed youth in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato consider terrorism as the top priority the new Bangsamoro region should address
The alternative is continued violence, warns the MILF commander as Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato gear up for the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite
An unverified text message warning of a bomb planted at the Mlang Pilot Elementary School prompts parents to fetch their children. The bomb threat turns out to be a hoax.
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.
(UPDATED) Police suspect the communist New People's Army as being behind the attack
A well-organized grassroots campaign, coupled with support from Catholics and the national government, made the big win possible
The Commission on Elections completes the canvass of the Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Cotabato City after ironing out 'discrepancies'
(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
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'It did not reflect the true will of the people,' says Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, adding that she will file a manifestation on the Certificate of Canvass discrepancies
Discrepancies in the Bangsamoro plebiscite documents from Cotabato City will be remedied by the board of canvassers, say Comelec officials
This means that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be one city larger, if the Bangsamoro Organic Law is ratified
AFP 6th Infantry Division commander Major General Cirilito Sobejana says the presence of MILF soldiers was not a threat to the Bangsamoro vote
These confrontations underline how high-strung Cotabato City is because of the plebiscite
(3rd UPDATE) ARMM Comelec asks Comelec headquarters in Manila if voting time can be extended in Cotabato City
Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says the attack had 'nothing to do' with the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law
Cotabato City cops are able to controllably detonate the bomb after clearing the area
Police say two men are considered as suspects. They were seen riding a motorcycle to Maguindanao Municipal Trial Court Judge Angelito Rasalan's house.
(UPDATED) It is not true that Bangsamoro Organic Law proponents in Cotabato City were rushed to the hospital due to food poisoning
Cotabato City is envisioned as the 'crown jewel' of the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
In Cotabato City, now under the control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), 'there's a new chain of command,' and soldiers 'take orders from the Comelec'
Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi says her constituents have been harassed by combatants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
'Whatever the outcome is, Cotabato is a divided city,' says expert Benedict Bacani
Academic says some Cotabateños think President Duterte merely called for the Bangsamoro Organic Law's ratification, not categorically for Cotabato City to join the envisioned BARMM
The two cities are among places to watch as ruling politicians have been vocal against their inclusion in the proposed new region
Malacañang declares January 21 a special non-working day in the areas to give the people 'the opportunity to actively and fully participate in the plebiscite and exercise their right to vote'
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The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period
(UPDATED) Police say Salipudin Pasandalan surrendered to deny his involvement in the December 31 bombing
The photos were culled from CCTV footage on the second floor of South Seas Mall
Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'
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The Philippine National Police says bomb experts prevent a second bomb from exploding inside the mall
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