BARMM inauguration reset to March 29

By Noel Punzalan

March 21, 2019, 7:19 pm

COTABATO CITY -- The inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with President Rodrigo Duterte as the special guest of honor has been reset anew to March 29.

“That is the latest advisory we received from Malacañang,” Abdullah Cusain, BARMM deputy executive secretary, said over a local radio station here Thursday.

Cusain said the event’s schedule has so far been moved four times to accommodate the President who has expressed his desire to attend the occasion personally.

Only recently, the BARMM leadership has announced that the event would take place on March 25 from the tentative schedules of March 11 and March 21.

However, Cusain noted that the latest information they have received is that the schedule has been changed to March 29.

“We will just follow what has been given us,” he said.

The forthcoming BARMM inauguration will also mark the inaugural session of the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) for the newly-established region.

The BTA, comprising 41 Moro Islamic Liberation Front nominees and 39 government representatives, is tasked with governing the BARMM from 2019 up to the assumption of new regional officials elected during the 2022 polls. (PNA)