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House panel OKs proposed division of Maguindanao

February 13, 2020 - Thursday 6:02 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image MAGUINDANAO BREAKUP. Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Esmael Mangudadatu (foreground left), together with Maguindanao 1st District Representative Datu Roonie Sinsuat Sr. (5th foreground) and Maguindanao Governor Bai Mariam Sangki- Mangudadatu (center), leads other provincial executives in flashing hand gestures to signify their support to the division into two of the province for faster development. The House of Representatives’ Committee on Local Government unanimously approved on Tuesday (Feb. 11, 2020) the proposed division of the province into Northern and Southern Maguindanao provinces. (Photo courtesy of the office of Maguindanao 1st District Rep. Datu Roonie Sinsuat Sr.)

COTABATO CITY -- A proposal to divide the province of Maguindanao into two has been approved by the House Committee on Local Government, a Maguindanaon lawmaker said Wednesday.

The committee approved the bill on the “Creation of two provinces of Maguindanao,” which is a consolidation of two earlier House bills, namely the Northern Maguindanao Province House Bill 4840 of Maguindanao 1st District Representative Datu Roonie Q. Sinsuat Sr. and Southern Maguindanao Province House Bill 3405 of Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Esmael G. Mangudadatu.

Sinsuat said deliberations on the proposal began on January 28, but asked the committee for a postponement so he and Mangudadatu could settle minor differences into their separate bills.

Meanwhile, Mangudadatu said the proposal to divide the province has yet to pass the plenary for the committee report, followed by interpolation and debates on the proposition.

Under the proposal, the province, which has 36 towns, would be divided into Northern and Southern Maguindanao.

Northern Maguindanao would include 12 towns, mostly in the province’s first district that includes Datu Odin Sinsuat, Datu Blah Sinsuat, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, Upi, Kabuntalan Mother, Northern Kabuntalan, Parang, Buldon, Matanog, Barira, and Datu Sumagka (formerly Talitay).

Datu Odin Sinsuat town is the proposed capital of Northern Maguindanao.

On the other hand, Southern Maguindanao would comprise the towns of Ampatuan, Buluan, Datu Paglas, Datu Piang, Pagalungan, Shariff Aguak, South Upi, Sultan sa Barongis, Talayan, General S. K. Pendatun, Mamasapano, Datu Montawal (Pagagawan), Paglat, Guindulungan, Datu Saudi-Ampatuan, Datu Unsay, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Rajah Buayan, Pandag, Mangudadatu, Datu Anggal Midtimbang (Talayan), Datu Hoffer Ampatuan, Datu Salibo, and Shariff Saydona Mustapha.

Southern Maguindanao’s proposed capital is in Buluan town. PNA

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