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BARMM official flag flies high

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES • 10:00 AM Thu Aug 29, 2019

COTABATO CITY -  The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on Wednesday released the BARMM’s official flag after a legislation crafted by the Bangsamoro parliament was approved by BARMM interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim.

Ebrahim signed into law the first Bangsamoro Act adopting the official flag of the newly created region.

The flag has four distinctive colors, a crescent, a seven-rayed star and a kris, a signature Moro sword.

“The Bangsamoro flag is reflective to its people’s identity, history, heritage, struggles and aspirations,” BARMM spokesperson Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo said during a news conference Wednesday.

Sinarimbo, also minister of the interior and local government, said the flag has three quarter colors. On the top is green which reflects the Islamic teachings and principles of the Bangsamoro.

The middle portion is white, signifying peace, Sakina (tranquility) and righteousness.

He said the bottom part is colored red which symbolizes the fallen Mujahideens who fought for the recognition of identity and self-determination of the Bangsamoro.

In the middle of the white portion, a crescent is found and the seven-rayed star in yellow color. The yellow signifies the bright future that awaits Bangsamoro.

The crescent symbolizes the principles that guided the Bangsamoro who struggled for self-determination.

The seven-rayed star represents the five provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Basilan, Cotabato City and the 63 barangays that are now part of Bangsamoro territory.

And lastly, the white colored Kris which is found in the middle of red colored portion symbolizes the protection and resistance of the Bangsamoro and other indigenous people in the territory against oppression, tyranny and injustice. (Ferdinandh Cabrera)

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