News Analysis

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

A Muslim woman casting her ballot at a voting station in Cotabato, Mindanao, on Jan 21, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

MANILA - 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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