COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Various groups supporting the on-going peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are optimistic Congress will extend congressional mandate to the Transition Commission (TransCom) as required by the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - The police on Friday started monitoring extensively the security situation in three of the five provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, where hostilities could possibly erupt during next year’s midterm elections.

COTABATO CITY, Philippines --- Calls for the speedy prosecution of the suspects in the November 23, 2009 “Maguindanao Massacre” reverberated through Central Mindanao as journalists, local officials, clerics and peace activists commemorated Friday the third anniversary of the country’s worst election-related violence.

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Maguindanao province accounts for most of the 280,077 underage and multiple registrants the poll body removed from the new voters list for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Efforts to improve the quality of education in Moro communities in Mindanao got a boost Tuesday with the formal crafting of an $85 million package dubbed Basic Education Assistance to Mindanao (BEAM) from the Australian Agency of International Development (AusAID).

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