ARMM Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao - updates

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[OPINION] Letting go, moving forward

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:45 PM

My coworkers and I in the ARMM bid our goodbyes, both to the work we spent years doing and to the people with whom we did those jobs. This is, at its root, more of a shift in gears than a goodbye.

Comelec: Bangsamoro Organic Law 'deemed ratified'

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The historic vote creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a more powerful political entity that allows the Bangsamoro people a chance at genuine self-governance

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The ballot boxes containing election results from Isabela City, Basilan, are processed during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Intramuros, Manila on January 25, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Learning to play chess

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:14 PM

I am telling this story because this is how I finally understood how I came to truly appreciate identifying as a Bangsamoro

Hataman calls for 'yes' Bangsamoro vote in last address as ARMM governor

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:25 PM

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman recalls the long road to peace, thanking both former President Benigno Aquino III and President Rodrigo Duterte for their commitment to the Bangsamoro peace process

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman with former military chief Carlito Galvez Jr. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Most ARMM youth will vote in favor of Bangsamoro Law – survey

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Getting more ARMM youth to vote in the January 21, 2019 plebiscite will increase chances for the BOL to be ratified, says International Alert Philippines

L-R: Tony Go, researcher; Angelo Casalan, statistician; Nikki dela Rosa, country manager, IAP; Pancho Lara, senior conflict adviser; Sabrina Hussein, researcher, Indian/British nationality. The International Alert Philippines held a press briefing on the results of the Survey on Youth Attitudes Toward the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in Quezon City, December 6, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Martial law helped lessen violence in ARMM – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 7:00 PM

But the Conflict Alert 2018 report also points out that the Duterte administration's heavy security approach will not be enough to address violent conflicts in the southern region

Policemen check a car boot of a resident fleeing from Marawi city, where gunmen who had declared allegiance to the Islamic State group rampaged through the city, at a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fewer but deadlier conflicts in ARMM in 2017 – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:03 PM

A dramatic rise in the use of improvised explosive devices and shift to group-related attacks from individual attacks defined ARMM conflicts last year, according to the Conflict Alert 2018 report

A Marine Fire Support armored vehicle passes through the Mapandi district as it pulls out from the main battle area in Marawi City near Mapandi district. the Mapandi district is crucial to the military campaign to retake Marawi City from the IS-inspired Maute Group as this serves as the main supply route for the military. the military finally allowed the media after several request were turned down to see the Mapandi district. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

DPWH Asec Umpa says he’s victim of 'demolition job'

May 16, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'I’m calling the attention of Malacañang to investigate all DPWH officials and all congressmen who are contractors,' says Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa in a social media post after Malacañang asked for his resignation over alleged corruption

DPWH EXEC. Malacanang alleges that Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa sought commissions from contractors of government infrastructure projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from DPWH-ARMM

House joint panels approve proposed BBL without amendments

May 15, 2018 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) No amendments are included in the committee report on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law despite 22 hearings held to discuss provisions of the measure

APPROVED. Three committees of the House give their nod to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 15, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte tells 2 DOJ, DPWH assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte advises Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr and Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign 'or face termination for corruption'

RESIGN OR BE SACKED. Malacanang says if Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr would not resign, they would be sacked for alleged corruption. Photo from the Facebook page of Atty Moslemen Macarambon Sr

BBL should ensure wise fiscal spending in Bangsamoro – Dominguez

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:05 PM

'A lot of this you have to understand needs the acceptance of the public outside of the area. Because taxes from Luzon, Visayas will be provided here and if the people do not agree that this money is being spent correctly, then we will have a problem.'

Senate Hearing BBL 11th Session February 13 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte on BBL, Sereno impeachment hearing, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Midday wRap

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:55 PM

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2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Can election data back up Bongbong Marcos request to annul results in 3 provinces in the ARMM?

Development under Duterte: Why he can't fail Mindanao's youth

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda is an attempt to secure the future of the region Conflict and corruption however are getting in the way

Lacson: DPWH got P9-B hike for 'pork' at Calamity Fund's expense

Jan 04, 2017 - 1:45 PM

What is sad here is the thought of sacrificing the victims of calamities for political favors and alliances says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo from Lacson's official Facebook account

Misuari thanks Duterte for 'freedom,' vows to help

Nov 03, 2016 - 5:28 PM

I am so happy to be free again owing to the initiative of our President says the MNLF leader who came out of hiding 3 years after he was charged with rebellion and crimes against humanity

What Mujiv Hataman’s reelection means for ARMM and PH

May 15, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Hataman can continue the once impossible mission of reforming a failed experiment

Photo of ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman from his Facebook page.

#PHVote: Mindanao after May 9

May 06, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Decades of neglect violence and impunity in Mindanao have widened inequality in the country spurring a loathing for imperial Manila

SUFFRAGE. A Filipina votes at Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. Graphic courtesy Ernest Fiestan / Rappler. Image of voting Filipina courtesy EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Comelec taps more policemen to assist ARMM election workers

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:34 PM

The regional police have requested the poll body for an additional 200 to 300 cops from Camp Crame to assist as board of election inspectors

ARMM ELECTION PREPARATIONS. The Joint Security Coordinating Council meeting of Comelec, Army, police and PPCRV on election preparations in the ARMM. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/Rappler

A year after Mamasapano: 'Time heals all wounds' – ARMM gov

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Time heals all wounds we ve been told It has been a year but it wasn t just the past 12 months that allowed us to recover and rebuild says ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman

Rona Abdul, 49, walks from their house in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 28, 2015 to get relief assistance from local officials.

Forest fire in Lanao del Sur feared volcano-related

Jan 22, 2016 - 3:04 PM

The site of the fire has an active volcano Mount Makaturing

FOREST FIRE. Smoke rises from a orest fire between Mount Latukan and Mount Piagayungan in barangay Sandab, Butig, Lanao del Sur on January 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Information Office

Who is running in ARMM | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Changing the stigma against Tawi-Tawi

Jun 18, 2015 - 7:05 PM

It’s a long and rough road ahead before Tawi Tawi escapes the negative perception on the region and on Islam But the people of Tawi Tawi believe it is time for the province to open up to the world

The grand mosque in Panglima Sugala is the biggest and most beautiful mosque in Tawi-Tawi. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

With or without BBL, ‘Tawi-Tawi moves forward’

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Tawi Tawi representative Ruby Sahali fears the Bangsamoro Basic Law will have little impact on her province like what they experienced under ARMM

The grand mosque in Panglima Sugala town is one of the places the provincial government promotes as a tourist spot. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

ARMM athletes find peace in Palaro 2015

May 06, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Escaping the chaos of their home region the sepak takraw team of ARMM hopes to bring back and share the camaradie they picked up at Palaro

FOCUSED. The ARMM Sepak Takraw girls focus as a team. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

Maguindanao evacuees hit 93,000 as offensives continue

Mar 13, 2015 - 5:07 PM

A group of Moro professionals sounds the alarm over the insufferable violence that refugees have been experiencing in evacuation centers

Residents displaced by the fighting are seen in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao. The military launched attacks against the the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao. Photo by Jef Maitem/Rappler

Bangsamoro to get P70B initial budget – Iqbal

Nov 28, 2014 - 7:39 PM

Unlike the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao the Bangsamoro government is envisioned to get automatic appropriations worth 4 of the national governmental share in the net internal revenue collection

BUDGET HIKE. Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal answers questions from the media after the launch of the Bangsamoro Basic Law primer at EDSA Shangri-la on November 28, 2014. Photo by Rappler

No ISIS recruitment in schools – ARMM gov

Oct 10, 2014 - 9:44 AM

ARMM officials say they have not received confirmed reports on the existence and recruitment of ISIS in the region

'NO TO ISIS.' ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman believes the group has yet to penetrate schools in his area. Rappler file photo

DPWH allocates P63B in 2015 budget for Mindanao infra

Jul 29, 2014 - 8:30 PM

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will also receive P5 17 billion for infrastructure development as mentioned in President Aquino’s 5th SONA

Peace deal sends ARMM investments to all-time high

Jun 16, 2014 - 2:36 PM

Following the signing of a final peace pact between the national government and Muslim rebels more investors are pouring capital into the ARMM

A challenge to the Bangsamoro

Mar 27, 2014 - 12:26 PM

We d like to see a Bangsamoro that directly engages its youth in governance a Bangsamoro that puts premium on the role of youth in fulfilling the aspirations of Muslim Filipinos

‘Raise ARMM budget before Bangsamoro creation’

Mar 26, 2014 - 3:51 PM

The last ARMM budget will be the basis of the how much the new Bangsamoro entity will get Senator Recto proposes the current P20 4B be increased to P50B

Zambo Sibugay road accident kills teacher, injures 14

Feb 10, 2014 - 2:13 PM

The group of teachers and students from Sulu was on its way to Marawi City to attend the annual ARMM Athletic Association ARMMAA a regional sportsfest

CRUSHED. The vehicle carrying delegates to a regional sports fest lay damaged in Buug, Zamboanga del Sur. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

ARMM investments reach P1.4B, up by 157% in 2013

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:17 PM

This is only the second time that the region breaches the P1 billion mark since its creation in 1989 – thanks to the renewed peace talks

Polls in 97 barangays in 7 provinces reset

Oct 28, 2013 - 11:15 PM

2nd UPDATE The barangays with rescheduled polls are in: Cagayan Samar North Cotabato Basilan Lanao del Norte Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao

MAP: How PH voted in 2010 barangay elections

Oct 28, 2013 - 1:54 AM

Voter turnout for the 2010 barangay polls was up by 2 6 compared to 2007 See if more will go to the polls in 2013 on October 28

Proposal to divide Lanao del Sur revived

Oct 19, 2013 - 3:05 PM

House Bill No 333 filed by House Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong seeks to revive a 42 year old proposal to divide the province

Army confirms grenade blast in Jolo

Sep 11, 2013 - 12:23 PM

Armed Forces spokesperson Lt Col Ramon Zagala cautioned they have not identified who is behind the attack

MILITARY ZONE. Soldiers in Zamboanga City. Photo by EPA

'Cotabato bombers deserve wrath of Allah'

Aug 06, 2013 - 4:23 PM

The MILF condemns the bombing where civilians were deliberately targeted as means to deliver message for an evil agenda

Aquino vows arrests as Cotabato blast toll rises

Aug 06, 2013 - 4:02 PM

Aquino brands perpetrators as terrorists ; I m sure that we ll be able to get all these culprits in due time

Cotabato blast toll rises to 8

Aug 06, 2013 - 9:20 AM

UPDATED Local officials say a big fish connected to terrorists is behind the blast

Cotabato City blast kills 6

Aug 05, 2013 - 6:05 PM

The explosion occurred at Sinsuat Avenue a very busy street

Daughter of 58th Ampatuan victim 'disappointed'

May 30, 2013 - 10:32 AM

Daughter of Reynaldo Momay Ampatuan massacre victim number 58 says most if not all suspects have not shown any remorse

The Ampatuan massacre site two days after. 25 Nov 2009. Photo by Patricia Evangelista.

OIC no more, Hataman wins as ARMM governor

May 17, 2013 - 6:35 PM

Hataman wins by over 200 000 votes

Regional board of canvassers chief Atty. Ray Sumalipao and ARMM CEMELEC Regional election Director and state prosecutor Atty. Ramy Guiling proclaims Mujiv Hataman(2-L) and  Haround Alrashid Lucman (2-R) as governor and vice governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Ritchie Tono

ARMM prepares for Crising

Feb 19, 2013 - 1:58 PM

Disaster response officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ARMM are bracing up for the effects of tropical storm Crising in the region

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 6:32 a.m., 19 February 2013

MNLF operations not sanctioned - Aquino

Feb 06, 2013 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III said the government did not sanction the recent operation of the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

President Benigno S. Aquino III addresses the 2013 Philippines Development Forum (PDF) at the Grand Ballroom, Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City, February 5, 2013. Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Gov't, MILF resume peace talks

Nov 12, 2012 - 1:03 PM

The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF returned to the negotiating table Monday November 12 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia for the 33rd round of Formal Exploratory Talks

NEGOTIATING TABLE. Delegates of the government peace panel arrive for the opening of the 33rd Formal Exploratory Talks between the government and the Moro International Liberation Front. Photo from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process' Twitter account.

FAQs: Bangsamoro peace deal

Oct 10, 2012 - 8:19 PM

Here s the Bangsamoro peace deal in bite size pieces based on a press conference with government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen

Mindanao solons support peace deal

Oct 08, 2012 - 5:58 PM

So far there s no significant opposition to the proposed new Bangsamoro entity