Category Archives: barmm

MILF mayoral aspirant in Maguindanao wins by 22 votes

COTABATO CITY – A first-time mayoral aspirant of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) was proclaimed winner by the Commission on Elections with only 22 votes over his closest rival in the Maguindanao town of Sultan Mastura.

Veterinarian Zulficar “Doc Bong” Panda was announced… Read More

BARMM head Murad cites gains as region marks 3rd anniversary

Poverty incidence in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has significantly decreased over the past three years, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said on Friday in Cotabato City.

Speaking during the culmination program of the week-long third anniversary of the region, Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim quoted a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) stating that the BARMM’s poverty incidence has significantly reduced from 55.9 percent in 2018 to 39.4 percent in 2021.

“We recorded the highest and the only double-digit reduction in terms of poverty incidence in the whole country. We achieved this despite the ongoing pandemic and despite undergoing the difficult transition period,” Ebrahim said in his online “Report to the Bangsamoro People” at the BARMM government center here. Read More

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)

Top 5 ‘innovative ideas’ in BARMM recognized

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.

were done to… Read More

 September 18, 2021

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

LEGARDA lauds House approval of BARMM Elections Postponement bill

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.

BARMM execs laud Dimaampao appointment, resetting of election

BARMM parliament lauds appointment of Dimaampao to SC

 September 16, 2021

COTABATO CITY – The 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BTA-BARMM) has commended the appointment of former appellate court Justice Japar Dimaampao to the Supreme Court (SC).In a resolution released Thursday, the BTA members… Read More

 Read More

House nod on postponement of 2022 BARMM polls lauded

 September 16, 2021

COTABATO CITY – Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Mindanao (BARMM) have lauded the House of Representatives’ final approval on Wednesday night of the bill resetting the region’s regular polls for 2022 to 2025.President Rodrigo Duterte certified the bill as urgent on… Read More

HOUSE OKs bill resetting BARMM polls to 2025 on final reading

 September 15, 2021

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved on third reading a bill seeking to reset the first regular elections of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) from 2022 to 2025.The bill’s final approval came only two days after it was passed on… Read More