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Maguindanao Province

This article is about the Philippine province. For other uses, see Maguindanao (disambiguation).
Maguindanao Province
Lalawigan ng Maguindanao
Province

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Map of the Philippines with Maguindanao highlighted

Coordinates: 7°08′N 124°18′E / 7.133°N 124.300°E / 7.133; 124.300Coordinates: 7°08′N 124°18′E / 7.133°N 124.300°E / 7.133; 124.300

Country  Philippines
Region Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
Founded November 22, 1973
Capital Shariff Aguak
Government
 • Governor Esmael Mangudadatu (Liberal Party)
 • Vice Governor Lester Sinsuat (Liberal Party)
Area
 • Total 7,142.0 km2 (2,757.5 sq mi)
Area rank 11th out of 80
Population (2010)
 • Total 944,718
 • Rank TBA
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
 • Density rank TBA
Divisions
 • Independent cities 1
 • Component cities 0
 • Municipalities 36[1]
 • Barangays 506[2]
including independent cities: 529
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Maguindanao (shared with Cotabato City)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
Spoken languages Bahasa Maguindanao


Maguindanao (Filipino: Magindanaw) is a province of the Philippines located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Its capital is Shariff Aguak. It borders Lanao del Sur to the north, Cotabato to the east, and Sultan Kudarat to the south.

Geography

Maguindanao is composed of 36 municipalities, which are further subdivided into 506 barangays. Cotabato City is often grouped with Maguindanao, but it is actually independent from the province and not part of the ARMM as Maguindanao is.

The province is divided into two congressional districts. In October 2006, the first congressional district was split off into a new province, Shariff Kabunsuan. However, the ARMM's Act creating the province was nullified by the Supreme Court in July 2008, on the basis that creation of a province is a function of the Philippine legislature. The area has since reverted to the province of Maguindanao.

Subdivisions

Municipality No. of
Barangays
Population
(2010)
Area
(km²)
Pop. density
(per km²)
Ampatuan
11
17,800
Barira
14
19,686
Buldon
15
33,729
Buluan
  7
38,106
Datu Abdullah Sangki
10
17,079
Datu Anggal Midtimbang
  7
13,339
Datu Blah T. Sinsuat
13
16,533
Datu Hoffer Ampatuan
11[n 1]
16,295
Datu Odin Sinsuat
34
76,332
Datu Paglas
23
20,290
Datu Piang (Dulawan)
16[n 2]
28,492
Datu Salibo
17[n 3]
15,062
Datu Saudi-Ampatuan
8[n 4]
20,330
Datu Unsay
8[n 5]
12,490
Gen. S. K. Pendatun
19
24,004
Guindulungan
11
16,071
Kabuntalan
17
16,794
Mamasapano
14[n 6]
22,354[n 6]
Mangudadatu
  8
14,862
Matanog
  8
23,269
Northern Kabuntalan
11
14,251
Pagagawan (Datu Montawal)
11
31,265
Pagalungan
12
31,891
Paglat
  8
11,207
Pandag
  8
13,795
Parang
25
73,328
Rajah Buayan
11
17,423
Shariff Aguak (Maganoy)
13
31,451[n 7]
Shariff Saydona Mustapha
16[n 8]
16,442[n 8]
South Upi
11
35,990
Sultan Kudarat (Nuling)
39
82,758
Sultan Mastura
13
25,741
Sultan sa Barongis (Lambayong)
12
22,547
Sultan Sumagka (Talitay)
  9
13,328
Talayan
15
16,042
Upi
  23
45,444

Government

Maguindanao is divided into two congressional districts, which elect members to the House of Representatives. For the brief period that the province of Shariff Kabunsuan existed, Maguindanao became a lone-district province. Since the appointment of a new set of provincial officials for the reunified province of Maguindanao by the ARMM Governor in January 2009, the provincial government has reverted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan setup (coterminous with the restored 1st and 2nd Congressional districts of Maguindanao) from before Shariff Kabunsuan was created.

Having elected to join the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Maguindanao also sends six representatives (three per district) to the ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly that convenes in Cotabato City.

History

Shariff Mohammed Kabungsuwan of Johore introduced Islam in the area at the end of the 15th century. He subsequently married a local princess from the Maranao Tribe of Malabang and Maguindanao Province, and established the Sultanate of Maguindanao. The Cotabato Valley formed the sultanate's heartland but its influence extended from the Zamboanga Peninsula to Sarangani Bay and Davao.

The Spaniards launched expeditions to subdue the area throughout the colonial era but they never gained control of the region until the middle of the 19th century.

During the American period, Cotabato became a district of the Moro Province created in 1903 and a province of the Department of Mindanao and Sulu in 1914.

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces entered what is now Maguindanao.

In 1945, Maguindanao was liberated by allied Philippine Commonwealth troops and Maguindanaoan guerrilla units after defeating the Japanese Imperial forces in the Battle of Maguindanao during the Second World War.

The old province of Cotabato was divided in 1966 into Cotabato and South Cotabato. In 1973, the successor province of Cotabato was split into the provinces of Maguindanao, (North) Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.

Maguindanao is the only Muslim-majority province of the four created out of the original Cotabato Province. In 1989, majority of its voters opted to join the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao but Cotabato City did not, which, ironically, has since served as the provisional capital of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

On October 31, 2006, Maguindanao voters approved the creation of a new province to be composed of 10 towns from the province. Of more than 500,000 voters registered, 285,372 favored the creation of the province, and 8,802 voted against it. The new province, Shariff Kabunsuan, became the country's 80th province and the 6th in the ARMM. It was composed of the towns of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Kabuntalan, Upi, Sultan Kudarat, Datu Blah T. Sinsuat, Sultan Mastura, Parang, Buldon, Matanog and Barira. However, in July 2008, the Supreme Court nullified the province's creation, restoring its municipalities to Maguindanao.

2009 election violence

On November 23, 2009, a 2010 gubernatorial election caravan supporting Esmael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan, was attacked.[3] Fifty-seven people were killed, including Mangudadatu's wife and sisters, supporters, local journalists, and bystanders.[4] On December 4, 2009 a number of homes belonging to the Ampatuan political family were raided in connection with the massacre.[5]

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo officially declared martial law in the province of Maguindanao on December 5, 2009, Saturday morning.[6]

In a press conference past 7 am, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita announced Proclamation No. 1959 declaring a state of martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the province of Maguindanao, except for certain areas identified as bailiwicks of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) separatists.

The declaration of martial law will lead to the "arrests without warrants" of other members of the Ampatuan clan who have been linked to the November 23 massacre of 58 civilians.[7]

Last August 15, 2011, Provincial Governor Esmael Mangudadatu and his convoy were ambushed in a form of bombing as they were on their way to his birthday celebration.

Musical heritage

The native Maguindanaon culture revolves around kulintang music, a specific type of gong music, found among both Muslim and non-Muslim groups of the Southern Philippines.

Notes

References

External links

  • COMELEC Resolution No. 8169
  • COMELEC Plebiscite Results for 3 new Maguindanao municipalities
  • Local Governance Performance Management System

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