ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly

ARMM Regional Assembly,[1] also known as ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly, was the devolved unicameral regional legislature of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It was known as the "Little Congress" of the ARMM.[2]

ARMM Regional Assembly
المجلس التشريعي الإقليمي
Batasang Kapulungan ng ARMM
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
3 terms (9 years)
FoundedFebruary 12, 1990
DisbandedFebruary 26, 2019
Succeeded byBangsamoro Parliament
Regional Speaker
Ronnie Q. Sinsuat
Seats24 elected assemblymen
Political groups
Length of term
3 years
AuthorityArticle VII, Republic Act No. 6734
Plurality-at-large voting
Last election
May 9, 2016
Meeting place
Regional Legislative Assembly Building, BARMM Complex, Brgy. Rosary Heights VII, Cotabato City


A Regional Assembly was created form ARMM as part of Republic Act No. 6734,[3] otherwise known as the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, with the scope and limitations of the Assembly is defined in the Article VII. The 1st ARMM Regional Assembly was elected on February 12, 1990, to serve a three-year term, starting June 30, 1990. The first speaker was Ismael Abubakar Jr..

Elections were held separately from the Philippine general elections from 1990 to 2008, when President Benigno Aquino III decided to suspend the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao general election, 2013, and synchronized it with the Philippine general election, 2013. Officers in charge were appointed until the elections on May 13, 2013.


Unlike Provincial Boards, where the Vice Governor heads the legislature, the ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly is headed separately by a Speaker which was the third highest-ranking official of the ARMM government.[2] It is composed of three members for every congressional district. The current membership is 24, where 6 are from Lanao del Sur including Marawi City, 6 from Maguindanao, 6 from Sulu, 3 from Basilan and 3 from Tawi-Tawi.

Regular members (3 members/district) and sectoral representatives, have 3-year terms; maximum of 3 consecutive terms.

The Assembly exercises legislative power in the autonomous region, except on the following matters: foreign affairs, national defense and security, postal service, coinage and fiscal and monetary policies, administration of justice, quarantine, customs and tariff, citizenship, naturalization, immigration and deportation, general auditing, national elections, maritime, land and air transportation, communications, patents, trademarks, trade names and copyrights, foreign trade. It may also legislate on matters covered by the Shari’ah, the law governing Muslims.[4][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Republic Act No. 9054" (PDF). Congress of the Philippines.
  2. ^ a b "ARMM Law-making body gives nod to nomination of three regional execs". Department of Health – ARMM. Retrieved February 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Republic Act No. 9054". Commission on Elections, Philippines.
  4. ^, ARMM history and organization, November 8, 2008
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