Senators reiterate sectoral representation on BTA extension

  COTABATO CITY—Senators Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and Francis Tolentino answered Thursday some concerns circulating amid the 2nd day of interpellation for Senate Bill No. 2214 which seeks to extend Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) from 2022-2025. Zubiri read the circulating message which says, Senator Tolentino allegedly “removed the representation of settler communities, who are Christians,…

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BCPCH installs commissioners for BARMM provinces

COTABATO CITY–Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (BCPCH) officially presented Wednesday, May 26, its newly installed commissioners for the provinces of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The newly installed commissioners are BCPCH Chairperson Dr. Salem Y. Lingasa for Maguindanao, Robert Maulana Alonto for Lanao del Sur, Ardan D. Sali for Sulu,…

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MENRE now officially oversees Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary

COTABATO CITY – The Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary (TIWS), a protected area in Tawi-Tawi province, is now officially under the protection and conservation of the Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE). This was after Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 9 (DENR-IX) Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez turned…

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BTA extension bill enters interpellation; Sen. Tolentino pushes, ‘no plebiscite needed for amendment’

COTABATO CITY—Senate Bill (SB) 2214 that appeals to extend the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) period by postponing the first regional parliamentary elections in May 2022 to 2025 entered the interpellation period on Wednesday, May 26. The bill intends to amend the Republic Act 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), which formed the Bangsamoro Autonomous…

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BARMM ramps up military, police partnership over security threats

COTABATO CITY—Bangsamoro region’s interior and local government Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo stated in a press briefing on Monday that Bangsamoro Government will further strengthen its cooperation with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to combat sporadic attacks in Maguindanao. Sinarimbo said that a recommendation came out to create a…

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