MILF party fields bet vs. Cotabato reelectionist mayor

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)

SHFC: Housing loan assessment for Naragsak Nga Malanduage Homeowners Association, Kabacan, North Cotabato

Nitong Agosto 10 at 11, isang Community Needs Assessment activity ang isinagawa ng SHFC Davao Office, SHFC North Cotabato Office, at lokal na pamahalaan ng Kabacan, North Cotabato upang mapag-aralan ang estado ng pamumuhay ng higit 280 pamilyang kabilang sa Naragsak Nga Malanduage Homeowners Association, Inc.


 May 23, 2021

COTABATO CITY – Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has called on residents to strictly practice minimum health protocols following the successive deaths of three Catholic priests here this weekend due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).“Please stay safe Cotabateños,” she posted… Read More

TYPHOON UPDATE: Crising shuts down BARMM government offices

HEAVY DOWNPOUR. Commuters and motorists take shelter at a roadside waiting shed in Cotabato City as the tail-end of Typhoon Crising brought heavy rains including in Maguindanao. The tropical storm has been moving towards the direction of Lanao del Sur. (Photo courtesy of Majeed Andong – Cotabato City Traffic Unit)

COTABATO CITY – Officials of the Bangsamoro Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) suspended Friday office work here and in Lanao del Sur due to Tropical Storm Crising.

Minister Abdulraof Macacua, BARMM executive secretary, said the decision aims to ensure the safety of BARMM public servants.

“Offices directly involved in disaster risk reduction and management, peace and security, delivery of basic and health services, and other vital services shall maintain their operations to ensure continuity of public service in the region,” Macacua said in a memorandum released early Friday.

Macacua, also the BARMM environment minister, directed all field personnel under him to monitor water levels of rivers and lakes across the region and to institute evacuation when necessary.

Maguindanao and this city have been experiencing heavy downpours since 5 a.m. Friday as Typhoon Crising moved across Lanao del Sur and parts of North Cotabato.

Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi canceled the operation of all offices at the city hall, except for disaster offices and personnel who are expected to respond to calamities and emergencies.

All disaster response teams remain on full alert, Sayadi said. 

UNDP ON BARMM: An Eden on Earth

Vastness of Muslim Mindanao wealth inspires major donor

UNDP and FairChain Foundation Use Blockchain to Fund Cocoa Farmers

 April 21, 202

COTABATO CITY – The sheer volume of natural potentials within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has encouraged the inception of a major program by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).The UNDP has been implementing pro-poor projects in the Philippines for… Read More

Cotabateños mourn passing of ex-mayor Ludovico Badoy

 April 19, 2021, 1:06 pm

COTABATO CITY – Residents here mourned the death of former Cotabato City mayor and executive director of National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Ludovico Badoy on Sunday.Badoy, 69, succumbed to severe pneumonia complicated by coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), his brother,… Read More


PEACE ADVOCATES. Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo (middle) meets with noted scholar Abhoud Sayeed Lingga (left), onetime peace panel member for the then Moro Islamic Liberation Front. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sinarimbo’s Facebook page)

Peace will tap big economic potentials

 March 31, 2021

COTABATO CITY – A leading civil executive in Southern Philippines has expressed the need for long-term stability in the region so that this may pave the way for investments in fields like trade and maritime development.This, according to lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, spokesperson for the Bangsamoro… Read More


Sandiganbayan clears Nancy Catamco of graft charges

 January 27, 2021

COTABATO CITY – The anti-graft court has dismissed the corruption case against North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco and former Lazi Mayor Orville Fua of Siquijor over the alleged irregular purchase of fertilizers 16 years ago.In a resolution promulgated on Jan. 19, Sandiganbayan’s fourth… Read More


BARMM transition extension supporters Orlando Cardinal Quevedo (left) and North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco (right). (Photos courtesy of Governor Catamco’s  office and CBCP’s FB page)

BTA term extension gets more backers

 January 25, 2021

COTABATO CITY – Peace advocacy group, Save Sulu Movement (SSM), has joined the calls for extending the three-year transition period of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The Bangsamoro Organic Law sets the transition phase of the region in 2022, but regional leaders… Read More

BARMM to build town halls for 5 Maguindanao LGUs

BARMM to build town halls for 5 Maguindanao LGUs

 January 23, 2021

COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MILG-BARMM) will build town halls and legislative buildings in five towns in Maguindanao. The undertaking aims to enhance the delivery of government services to the public, said… Read More