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Reelected Basilan provincial governor sworn to office

BASILAN --- The reelected governor of this island province, Jim Salliman, was sworn to office Tuesday in Isabela City by Judge Danilo Bucoy.

Salliman, now in his second term as Basilan governor, defeated a scion of the Akbar clan, Alfiya, daughter of the late former Congressman Wahab Akbar, during the May 13 gubernatorial race in the province.

Salliman’s wife, Bai Annie Datumanong, is daughter of the late Maguindanao Rep. Simeon Datumanong, a scion of the Maguindanaon royalty.

He was first elected Basilan provincial governor in 2016.

WestMinCom supports peace efforts of new Basilan execs

COTABATO CITY --- The military supports the plan of church leaders and elected Muslim officials in Basilan to organize a joint advisory council to help the government address domestic security woes.

Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega of the Western Mindanao Command said Monday he was elated with the meeting last week of top Catholic missionaries in Basilan and two Muslim officials, Mujiv Hataman and spouse Sitti Djalia, incoming congressman and newcomer mayor of Isabela City, respectively, where they talked about key governance issues.

AFP kills 6 Abus, rescue 3 children in Patikul, Sulu

While conducting focused military operation, troops of the 13th Special Forces Company, 6th Special Forces Battalion encountered 30 Abu Sayyaf Group members under Mundi Sawadjaan in Barangay Igasan, Patikul, Sulu at 5:35pm yesterday, May 25.

A firefight ensued that lasted for 30 minutes after which enemies withdrew bringing along their casualties.

Six Abus were killed and seven others were wounded during the encounter while five soldiers were slightly wounded.

Basilan farmers to benefit from 3 irrigation projects

BASILAN --- Muslim and Christian farmers stand to benefit from three different irrigation facilities being constructed now by the provincial government in this island province.

The Kapatagan and Sumagdang irrigation projects, each costing P15 million, are located in Barangays Kapatagan ang Sumagdang, both in Isabela City.

A larger P35 million worth irrigation facility is also being built in Barangay Balobo in Lamitan City by the office of Basilan Gov. Jim Salliman.

Returning Lanao Sur governor thankful to supporters

MARAWI CITY --- The vice governor of Lanao del Sur is thankful to voters who catapulted him on May 13 to the provincial gubernatorial post in a phenomenal fashion.

Mamintal Adiong, Jr. was the last to be proclaimed by the poll body as governor-elect of Lanao del Sur from among winning candidates for governor in the five component-provinces of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Adiong, who was elected vice governor in 2016, garnered almost 200,000 votes during the May 13 gubernatorial race in Lanao del Sur.

BARMM Ramadhan Trade Fair: Feeding body and soul

COTABATO CITY – The holy month of Ramadhan is celebrated during the ninth month of Hejira or Islamic calendar where Muslims across the world fast.

As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting requires Muslims to abstain from any food or drink from dawn until dusk.For Muslims, Ramadhan is a chance to get closer to the Almighty Allah and a way to be more compassionate to the needy ones.

Fasting is also a way for Muslims to learn patience and break bad habits.

Festivity during Ramadhan

Bangsamoro government transition plan done

COTABATO CITY -- Experts are done drafting a comprehensive transition plan for the gradual shift from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to the fledgling Bangsamoro government.

Abdullah Cusain, deputy executive secretary of Chief Minister Hadji Ahod Ebrahim of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said Tuesday they are expecting the interim Coordinating Team for Transition, most known as the CT4T, to turn over this week the transition plan to the BARMM leadership.

Security forces lauded for securing May 13 polls

COTABATO CITY --- Top security officials were elated with the outcome of the joint military-police security operations in the Bangsamoro region and in central Mindanao during the May 14 elections.

Brig. Gen. Graciano Mijares of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region said Saturday there was no reported case of failure of election in any of the more than 100 towns in BARMM.

Two former ARMM high officials now congressmen

COTABATO CITY --- The former first and third highest officials of the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have been elected congressional representatives in their respective provinces.

Employees of the Bangsamoro government were elated with the election of former ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and Speaker Ronnie Sinsuat of ARMM’s deactivated 24-member Regional Assembly, as congressmen in Basilan and in the first district of Maguindanao, respectively.

Vital bridge to connect two Basilan trading areas soon

BASILAN --- Officials are expecting the completion by June 2019 of a foreign-styled 30-meter bridge on a stretch of a vital overland artery connecting Lantawan town to Isabela City.

The Waagner Biro Austrian patterned bridge that the office of Basilan Gov. Jim Salliman is presently constructing in the Kumalarang-Balawatin area in Isabela City costs P30 million.

The provincial government is expecting a big improvement in the mobility of farmers and traders in the towns of Lantawan and Isabela City once the bridge project is complete.

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