Muslim rebels who once fought for secession have been cleared to help run a new self-governing region in the southern Philippines, their leader said Wednesday, admitting that governance would present “another level of struggle” for long-time combatants | ABS-CBN News

IAG Executive Director Atty. Benedicto Bacani is clarifying a statement he made in a TV interview that “the place of the combatants in the Bangsamoro government is in normalization not governance and there is a need to tap the best and the brightest in the Bangsamoro whether they are members of the MILF or not so long as they pursue the reform and change agenda of the MILF". 

The canvassing of plebiscite returns from the towns of Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Carmen and Tulunan, North Cotabato have been completed as of 10:25 a.m. Thursday, with 21 of the 67 villages joining the new Bangsamoro region, a Comelec official said | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Five provinces, three cities, 116 towns, and 63 barangays out of Mindanao’s 27 provinces, 33 cities, 422 towns and 10,084 barangays.That will be the territorial jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) | MindaNews

We are deeply saddened when culture of narrowness, fanaticism and intolerance continues to characterize the few violent groups that terrorize our communities through their evil deeds of bombing, killing, and other criminal acts against our common humanity.

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