Too Premature for a Senate Inquiry on the Bangsamoro Law Implementation

By Atty. Bong Montesa
August 5, 2019

To conduct such inquiry at this time will not build confidence and will imperil a peace process that is still on-going.

Atty. Bong Montesa is a peace advocate active in the BARMM.

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BARMM Interior Minister Naguib Sinarimbo on Bangsamoro Updates

via Rappler
August 8, 2019

After the formation of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), what has the new regional government achieved in building the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful Bangsamoro region? Rappler speaks with Bangsamoro Interior Minister Naguib Sinarimbo about the developments so far.

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Oversight and Intergovernmental Relations in the Bangsamoro

By Atty. Ishak V. Mastura, LL.M.
August 3, 2019

The Philippines is a Unitary State. There is no more potent expression of this state of affairs than the Constitutional provision that all executive authority lies with the President. The President is the head of state and the head of government, while under our republican system the Executive branch of government is his exclusive turf.

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The Philippines: Militancy and the New Bangsamoro

via International Crisis Group
June 27, 2019

The national government and the transition authority need to reach agreements on the latter’s relations with local governments. They should quickly establish the Intergovernmental Relations bodies that are supposed to clarify and mediate relations between the Bangsamoro autonomous region and both national and local authorities. Without such bodies operating, the risk is high that confusion and conflicts over powers and resources will stymie the interim authorities and their successor permanent structures’ performance.

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Lidasan: Building a strong Bangsamoro foundation

June 11, 2019 | Mussolini S. Lidasan

This is why it is important to prioritize the establishment of the Intergovernmental Relations Mechanism/Body (IGR) of the BARMM. This will allow for a more thorough discussion and implementation of policies that are in line with the Philippine Constitution and its existing by-laws.

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BARMM must not be treated like a regular LGU

May 8, 2019 | Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or BARMM has been described as a “radical transformation” from its predecessor, the ARMM.

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BTA member calls for immediate creation of national coordinating body

May 6, 2019

A BANGSAMORO Transition Authority (BTA) member has called on the national government to immediately set up the Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Body that will facilitate…

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BEYOND THE BEND: Proper use of IGR mechanisms is vital to the success of the BARMM

March 28, 2019 | Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco

It cannot be emphasized enough that for the newly organized Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) the path ahead is extremely challenging.

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BEYOND THE BEND: Asserting Bangsamoro Autonomy through the BOL

October 21, 2018 | Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco

The implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will face many challenges, both legal and practical.

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