Life after war: A story of ex-MILF fighters

Cotabato City (March 30, 2020)—Mohalidin Latip was nostalgic as he recalled how he and his troop camped in the jungle, dauntlessly waiting for a possible encounter with the military. He was only 20 years old when he joined the Bangsamoro’s struggle for self-determination and autonomy over ancestral lands in Mindanao. For Latip, being a combatant…

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BARMM turns one: Shaping the new bureaucracy in the Bangsamoro

Cotabato City (March 29, 2020)—As the Bangsamoro region faces a pandemic crisis, the quest towards moral governance continues. A year ago today, a decades-long struggle of talking peace with the Philippine Government was put to halt when the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was finally inaugurated on March 29, 2019. This was after…

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BARMM commemorates 1st anniversary through public service delivery

Cotabato City (March 29, 2020)—The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) marks its first anniversary today, March 29, 2020. According to Chief Minister Ahod ‘Al Haj’ Murad Ebrahim, the Bangsamoro Government originally planned to hold commemoration activites, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “the Bangsamoro Government will instead focus on service delivery for its…

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BARMM traced 37 Filipino attendees of Malaysia Tabligh gathering

Cotabato City (March 27, 2020)—The Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force (BARMM-IATF) on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has traced and verified 37 of the initially identified 196 Filipino attendees to a Tabligh (Islamic preachers) gathering held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late February 2020. According to Minister Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan of the Ministry of Health (MOH), “just to…

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BARMM allots ₱155-million to LGUs’ quick response fund on COVID-19

  Cotabato City (March 27, 2020) – The Bangsamoro Government’s Office of the Chief Minister (OCM-BARMM) has allotted a total of ₱155 million to the Local Government Units (LGUs) all over the Bangsamoro region in order to intensify their efforts in containing the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Each of the BARMM’s five provinces—Maguindanao,…

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