The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) unveiled its official flag, by virtue of the first piece of legislation enacted by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
BARMM Interim Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim signed Bangsamoro Authority Act No. 1, “An act adopting the official flag of the BARMM” into law, paving the way for the unveiling of the new flag.
The new flag took flight in front of the BARMM executive building in Cotabato city on August 28.
“It was historic because it was the first legislation that became (a) law under Minister Ebrahim’s leadership,” lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM’s interior minister and concurrent regional spokesperson, said.
“The flag reflects the Bangsamoro’s identity, history, and struggles,” Sinarimbo said.
The Bangsamoro flag bears three colors: green on top reflecting Islamic teachings and principles; white in the middle which symbolizes peace, tranquility, and righteousness; and red on the bottom part, signifying the recognition of BARMM’s identity and self-determination.
The middle of the white section has the golden yellow crescent moon and a seven-rayed star representing the provinces of Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Lanao del Sur; the cities therein of Lamitan and Marawi; and the added city of Cotabato together with 63 villages in North Cotabato that opted to join the BARMM during a plebiscite held earlier this year.
The center of the red portion bears a white kris, a dagger in winding form, which symbolizes BARMM’s resistance and will to protect against oppression, tyranny, and injustice.
The law states that the Bangsamoro flag should be regarded with utmost respect and admiration, and always be displayed alongside the Philippine flag pursuant to Section 2, Article 2 of Republic Act 11054—the organic law that created the BARMM.
All Bangsamoro public offices, public and private schools, colleges and universities, government-owned and controlled corporations, and other government institutions under the BARMM are mandated to display the flag.
The law further states that the Bangsamoro flag may also be used in ceremonial and symbolic activities. (with reports from PNA)
Photo from PNA/BARMM Chief Minister’s Office