Murad cites need for moral governance amid poll-related violence in BARMM


Bangsamoro government chief minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim reiterated the need for “moral governance” after incidents of election-related violence occurred in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM) during Monday’s polls.

Hours before the precincts opened, explosion rocked Cotabato City Sunday night, while before dawn on Monday, a fragmentation grenade exploded in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. No one was hurt in both incidents.

In a precinct in Marawi City, two men, who were supporters of two vice-mayoralty candidates, punched each other, according to a GMA7 report.

An improvised explosive device exploded near a voting center in Marantao, Lanao del Sur, injuring the suspect.

Murad said that the incidents of election-related violence, a long-time problem in the region, could be resolved by pushing for his administration’s main program, which is moral governance.

The leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) cast his vote for the 2019 midterm election at Simuay Elementary School, Sultan Kudarat.

It was the first time that Murad voted for national elections.