The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with the help of the International Decommissioning Body (IDB), on Monday started decommissioning the third batch of MILF combatants in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
Former members of MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) patiently waited for their turn here to hand over their firearms for safekeeping and deactivation later.
The IDB will safely keep the firearms while other government agencies will attend to the reintegration process of the GPH-MILF peace agreement. READ MORE
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law postponing the first regular elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) from May 2023 to May 2025.Republic Act (RA) 11593, which was inked by Duterte on Thursday, moves the date of the BARMM parliamentary and… Read More
COTABATO CITY – A last-termer councilor here will seek the mayoralty post with the backing of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) political party–the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP).
Former councilor Mohammad Bruce Matabalao, a journalist-turned-politician, filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor on Friday afternoon to challenge reelectionist Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi.
Matabalao has served the city legislative body for three consecutive terms and resigned early this year to work as director of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) interior minister and UBJP secretary-general, described Matabalao as a sincere, dedicated, and experienced local politician who was more than qualified to promote the UBJP advocacy of moral governance.
“We would just like to present a new kind of governance under Matabalao,” Sinarimbo said.
Sayadi, meanwhile, said she is willing to take on any challenger for the mayoralty post given her good track record as local chief executive.
“Cotabateños know me as they have seen my work for them the past three years. They could vouch for my record (as mayor),” she said.
Sayadi and her party, including vice-mayoral reelectionist Graham Nazer Dumama, filed their COCs under the local “One Kutawato” party before the Commission on Elections office here on Oct. 2, 2021. (PNA)
The five excellent ideas given recognition were the Garbage Recycle Project of Nurhanniesa M. Derico from Hope for Young Individual, Inc. – MILG Best Idea Award; the Bangsamoro Community Law of Ms. Kharsum H. Mohammad – JICA Best Idea Award; Floating Academy of Esmael U. Sema (Kaliyot B. Sali Peace Academy, Inc.) – MILG and JICA Awards; the Weaving Every Dream of Sama Dilaut in Tawi-Tawi led by Nur-mukin A. Usman of 3i – MILG Award; and the MFC: Battle against the Misinfodemic by Amalhayah M. Alikhan – JICA Award.
COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MILG-BARMM) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have awarded the top five best entries for their “Bangsamoro Idea Challenge – A Call for Innovative… Read More
Three-term Senator, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, principal author of the bill, commended the approval on third reading of House Bill No. 10121 which seeks to amend Section 13 Article XVI of Republic Act No. 11054, also known as the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Legarda, who filed the measure as House Bill 8116 on December 1, 2020, expressed that the passage of this bill will allow the Bangsamoro Government to attend to more urgent needs of the people especially during this time of the pandemic.
The bill provides for the postponement of the conduct of the first regular elections of the Bangsamoro government in 2022 to 2025 instead, as mandated by RA 11054.
According to Legarda, the postponement of the elections to synchronize with the 2025 national elections would allow for the strengthening of the BARMM’s foundations for a stronger regional government and economy while also providing an adequate amount of time for the full transition of the BARMM to fully transpire.
“The additional few years would ensure a more effective implementation of the programs and operations of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. I therefore join the entire Bangsamoro region in welcoming the approval of this important measure ,” Legarda concluded.