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Historic vote for Muslims, but no guarantee of peace in Mindanao

On Jan 21, more than 1.5 million Filipino Muslims overwhelmingly voted for the creation of a new, self-administered region known as the Bangsamoro, or "nation of Moros", in the Philippines' troubled south.

The plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro law, which creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) by 2022, was held in the provinces of the old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and in the cities of Cotabato in Maguindanao province and Isabela in Sulu province.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2019, with the headline 'Historic vote for Muslims, but no guarantee of peace in Mindanao'. Subscribe