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Analysts: Dynasts to complicate federalism drive

Apr 22, 2019

The switch to a federal system is still possible but dynasts will resist the inclusion of an anti-dynasty provision in the federal constitution, according to analysts | BusinessWorld

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BARMM police urged to help in transformation of Moro combatants

Apr 22, 2019

Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez Jr. urged top police officials of the newly-established Bangsamoro autonomous region to help create a more conducive environment for the smooth implementation of the normalization track of the Bangsamoro peace agreement.

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Conversation on charter change must continue, must be more consultative

Apr 08, 2019

The conversation on charter change and federalism needs to continue despite national attention being on the May elections, and the conversation needs to be more inclusive so more Filipinos will buy in to the idea.

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BARMM officially starts reign, elects first Parliament officers

Apr 01, 2019

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Barmm) has officially started as the new autonomous governing body among Filipino Muslims in Mindanao as it also elected the main officers of its Parliament last week | Business Mirror

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Transitioning to what? Analyst cautions against ‘narrow perception’ of Bangsamoro transition

Mar 22, 2019

IAG senior policy adviser Fr. Eliseo Mercado Jr. cautioned against looking at the Bangsamoro transition as “simply the transition from the ARMM to BARMM”, which he says, is a “narrow perception.”

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IAG and KAS Philippines to conduct BOL roundtable series

Mar 15, 2019

IAG in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Philippines is set to undertake a series of in-depth discussions for better understanding of the Bangsamoro Organic Law and the ways and means to implement it in a meaningful, efficient and relevant way.

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Bangsamoro transition to stay on track despite Jaafar's death - analyst

Mar 15, 2019

The transition to an autonomous Bangsamoro region in the south will go on smoothly despite the recent death of Moro Islamic Liberation Front vice-chairman Ghazali Jaafar, a policy analyst said | ABS-CBN News

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MILF vice chair Ghazali Jaafar succumbs to lingering illness

Mar 13, 2019

IAG mourns the passing of BTA Interim Speaker Ghazali Jaafar. He was a friend, a strong leader for peace and partner of IAG in building strong political institutions. We are consoled that he saw the fruit of his toil in the Bangsamoro before he was called by the Creator.

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EDITOR'S PICKS

Proper use of IGR mechanisms is vital to the success of the BARMM

Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco I Apr 11, 2019

It cannot be emphasized enough that for the newly organized Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) the path ahead is extremely challenging. Right up there in the BTA’s challenging to-do-list is the familiarization of the entire Bangsamoro community to the concept of Intergovernmental Relations or IGR. Read more

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Policy Brief: Survey of Mining, Petroleum Issues in the Bangsamoro-ARMM

Ishak V. Mastura I Mar 21, 2019

The issue of “strategic minerals” has been done away with in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) by removing any distinctions regarding minerals but the BOL is now very explicit that mining and mineral resources in the Bangsamoro-ARMM are subject to the Constitution and national laws. Hence, the Bangsamoro cannot pass any legislation in its parliament that would contravene the Philippine... Read more

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Filipinos must own Charter change process

Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco I Feb 06, 2019

How can any reform process ever be truly robust when there is a glaring disconnect between majority of Filipinos and the 1987 Constitution? Read more

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[POLICY BRIEF] The Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao: Leading the Philippines towards genuine and meaningful local autonomy

iag.org.ph I Jan 04, 2019

This Policy Brief lays out the issues that have emerged from the IAG and Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung Philippines multi-stakeholder roundtable discussion last December 7, 2018 that explored the constitutional, legal and political ramifications of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Read more

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Dynamics of Poverty, Politics and Peace: Mindanao and Beyond

Dean Benedicto Bacani I Dec 03, 2018

Sustainable peace does not only require acknowledging historical injustice but most critically, promoting social justice. We have to reform our politics and constitutional and legal framework, in order to provide equal opportunities and burdens to people especially the poor. Read more

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Implications of the GPH-MILF peace process and the Bangsamoro Organic Law to Mindanao and the emerging challenges

Mohagher Iqbal I Nov 14, 2018

Fear of the unknown remains a challenge, and those who are not well-informed on the gains of the peace process or the pertinent provisions of the BOL would still have misconceptions. We are always faced with the challenge to provide more timely information to the public that would allay any fears. Read more

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Quick Thoughts on the Petition of the Province of Sulu on the Constitutionality of Bangsamoro Organic Law

Soliman M. Santos, Jr. I Nov 06, 2018

As it is with the current Supreme Court that is largely aligned now with the Duterte administration, there might not be too much to worry about the SC striking down the BOL as unconstitutional as sought by the Sulu Petition. Read more

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National Ulama Conference of the Philipines supports Bangsamoro Organic Law

iag.org.ph I Oct 15, 2018

In a statement, the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP) "appeals and urges the electorate in the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law in the name of peace, development and justice for all". Read more

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What are the rights of indigenous peoples in the BOL?

iag.org.ph I Aug 20, 2018

IAG extracted portions of the Bangsamoro Organic Law that relate to the rights of the non-Moro indigenous peoples in the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Take a look. Read more

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Full Document: Bangsamoro Organic Law

iag.org.ph I Jul 23, 2018

This is the consolidated version of the Bangsamoro Organic Law ratified by the Philippine Senate on July 23 and House of Representatives on July 24 and signed into law by President Duterte on July 26. Read more

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