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Hataman, Mangudadatu chose Cayetano as House speaker

COTABATO CITY --- Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman, now congressman in Basilan, voted for Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Allan Peter Cayetano in Monday’s election of speaker in the House of Representatives.

Hataman’s staunch political ally, the erstwhile three-termer Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, now congressional representative of the second district of Maguindanao, also selected Cayetano from among nominees.

Mangudadatu was governor of Maguindanao, covering 36 towns in two congressional districts, from 2010 to June 30, 2019.

Second Filipino pilgrim dies in Saudi Arabia

COTABATO CITY  – The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) today announced the death of second Filipino pilgrim in the Holy Land.

Speaking for the NCMF Jun Alonto-Datu Ramos identified the pilgrim as Enting Tungao Kamensa, 66, of Datu Piang, Maguindanao.

Dr. Abdulnasser Masorong, NCMF hajj-supervising medical team head in a report to NCMF, said Kamensa “lost consciousness” due to cardiac arrest inside the Masjidil Haraam in Makkah at about 3:30p.m. Saturday.

BARMM starts drafting Bangsamoro Local Government Code

COTABATO CITY - The Bangsamoro Government's Ministry of Interior and Local Government is spearheading the drafting of the Bangsamoro local government code, one of the priority legislations entrusted to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.

Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim, BARMM chief minister noted that the Bangsamoro Local Government Code is one of the important codes to be passed by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) as it "will clearly define the relationship between the LGUs and the Bangsamoro government."

From misguided Islamic militancy to mainstream literacy

ISABELA CITY --- Their lives were troubled with misguided Islamic militancy and so they changed for good to start again via mainstream literacy.

More than 40 erstwhile members of the feared Abu Sayyaf in Basilan on Thursday completed along with 500 others a government Alternative Learning System (ALS) program as part of their reintroduction into mainstream communities in the island province.

NAPC to help reduce poverty incidence in BARMM

COTABATO CITY – National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Noel Felongco vowed to help the Bangsamoro Government reduce poverty incidence in the region.

He said NAPC will gather local chief executives, planning officers, and BARMM ministers to orient them on the Commission’s poverty alleviation projects.

Isabela City mayor’s simplicity seen by constituents

ISABELA CITY ---- For the first time in about 20 years, residents here saw Tuesday a new local chief executive eat street food sold by a lowly vendor right along a busy thoroughfare.

Isabela City Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman was on her way home from office when she asked her driver to pull over along a seaside road to buy and eat street food peddled by ambulant vendors.

The mayor seemed unmindful of security risks, as shown in Facebook photos posted by supporters, as if forgetting she is now an elected official who has to be conscious of her safety.

BARMM inks agreement with Save the Children Philippines

COTABATO CITY  –  A Memorandum of Agreement advancing children's rights was signed by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Regional Government, Save the Children Philippines and the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) on Monday, July 1, 2019 in Cotabato City.

The Ministry on Social Services (MSS), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG), and Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHT) are among the local partners of the said non-government organizations that support and promote the rights of children, particularly in Mindanao.

Two newcomers start public functions uniquely

COTABATO CITY --- The newcomers North Cotabato governor and Isabela City mayor broke tradition Monday by starting their first day in office with outdoor activities predecessors never did.

Instead of entertaining well-wishers in her office, the first-termer Gov. Nancy Catamco went around and inspected the provincial hospital and the heavy equipment pool at the capitol in Kidapawan City to assess the serviceability of both outfits.

New solon keen on congressional scholarship for students

MAGUINDANAO --- Congressman Esmael Mangudadatu assured Monday to continue helping Muslim, Christian and Lumad students get through college using whatever grant he can secure from Congress.

Mangudadatu was governor of Maguindanao for three consecutive terms that lasted from June 30, 2010 to June 30, 2019.

He told reporters Monday he is unsure, however, if the scope of his education program as congressman would be as extensive as the Maguindanao Program for Peace and Community Empowerment, most known as MagPEACE.

No money to pay, 10 kidnap victims freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY-- Government authorities have recovered the 10 Filipino fishermen kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits on Tuesday in Lahad Datu, Malaysia.

The Sulu Provincial Police Office said the fishermen were sighted by the men of Talipao Municipal Police Station around 10 p.m. Friday in Barangay Kahawa, Talipao in Sulu.

The Talipao mobile patrol saw a group of people walking along the Barangay Kahawa road and when questioned they learned that they are the fishermen seized in Lahad Datu and were released by the ASG.



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