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Philippines: Bangsamoro’s Village Elections Point to a Long Path to Peace

Village elections in the southern Philippines tend to be hard-fought and violent.

  • Crisis Group expert Georgi Engelbrecht travelled there to understand what the most recent showdowns mean for regional polls scheduled for 2025 and for the peace process in an area historically racked by conflict. 

Violence has been an unfortunate feature of elections in the Muslim-majority Bangsamoro region of the southern Philippines – which comprises six provinces, three cities, one special administrative district and several ethno-linguistic communities.

On 23 October…

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