Personal Information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 601
9600 Cotabato City
Maguindanao, Philippines

Sultan of Maguindanao)
by his only wife – Hajja Bai Fatima Carmen Andong, daughter of
Datu Andong who is the son of Datu Unutan son of Raja Ingkung of
Taviran; a great-great granddaughter of the First Sultan of
Kabuntalan; her mother is Bai Inukupan, daughter of Mangindalat,
son of Anwaruddin Utto of Zapakan (Rajah of Buayan)
Born on January 16, 1960 at Salimbao, Sultan Kudarat,
He received his early education at Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City
and pursued a bachelors degree in one of the premier state
universities in the Philippines (Mindanao State University) as a state
scholar and continued further studies as an autodidact with a
personal library consisting of more than 2,000 titles on politics,
religion, anthropology, history and the arts
Married to Bai Moihra Sinsuat and Bai Zainab Andong and sired
seven (7) children
Ascended the Throne on June 8, 2000 following the death of his
father as the 25
Sultan of Maguindanao with the Regal Name:
HRH Seri Paduka Sultan Sayyid Hajji Datu Amir bin Muhammad
HRH Sultan Amir’s father is the son of Datu Baraguir Mamadra,
who (after waiving his right to the Sultanate to HRH Sultan Esmael
Kalug on the condition that it revert to his heirs upon the latter’s
death, abdication and incapacity) served as Municipal District
President of Nuling, Cotabato under the American Colonial
Government. HRH Sultan Muhammad G.M. Baraguir ascended
the throne on the express nomination of the late Sultan Esmael
Kalug (and which the latter termed as “return” to its rightful owner).
Datu Baraguir Mamadra is the eldest royal son of Datu
Mamadra (who predeceased his father – Sultan –) who was the
first Municipal District President of Nuling, Cotabato. Datu
Mamadra was the eldest royal son of HRH Sultan Mastura, the
Sultan of Maguindanao
Qualifications Served in government in different capacities in development and
management levels both in National Government Agencies (NGAs)
and Local Government Units (LGUs) as consultant or special
assistant to various governors, legislators and cabinet secretaries
Involved in the private sector since 1988 until the present occupying
various functions on policy, management and development
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Actively involved in media as Columnist in different local and
national broadsheets (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Isyu, Mindanao
Kris) and as Associate Editor of the Mindanao Cross, a local
broadsheet in Cotabato City owned and published by the Oblates of
Mary Immaculate (OMI)
Engaged in project packaging, project development and project
Expert on Malay Muslim Culture especially on Maguindanao
Exposure in and analyst of global Islamist and contemporary
Muslim political trends
Spiritual leader and organizer of a group of Maguindanaon Muslim
moderates (which include young Muslim leaders and professionals)
espousing moderate, tolerant, non-violent Islam
Civic Activities Deputy Secretary-General on External Affairs, Ahl al-Bayt (‘a)
Philippine Assembly (ABPA), the umbrella organization of all
Shi‘ah groups in the country
Spiritual Leader of the Cotabato-Maguindanao Ahl al-Bayt (‘a)
Assembly (MCAA), an unregistered umbrella organization
overseeing, coordinating and synchronizing the activities of
different groups and institutions run by followers and devotees of
the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s Household (Ahl al-Bayt) in the
Maguindanao-Cotabato region of the Southern Philippines
President Emeritus, Maguindanao Center for Policy and Strategic
Studies, an organization committed to development advocacy for
civil and cultural advancement of Muslim/Maguindanaon
communities as well as inter-faith and cross-cultural understanding
Chairman of the Board, Eeman Institute, an NGO focused on
childcare and early education, which currently operates a training
school for Muslim teachers and day care givers. The Eeman
Institute so undertakes design and implementation of development
programs for government and bilateral/multilateral programs for
poor Muslim communities in Mindanao

Foreign Exposures

1985, 1988, 1989
1986, 1987, 1989, 1997
1987, 1988, 1989
1993, 1997

Saudi Arabia – Pilgrimage
Japan – Philippine Delegate to ASEAN-Japan Friendship Program
United Arab Emirates

Educational Tours
Educational Tours
Publications Written

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Shariff Kabungsuan: Triumph From Obscurity (December 30, 2002)
UN and Self-Determination: A Mindanao View (October 28, 2002)
A Smiling Kudarat (September 30, 2002)
The Unending Problems of Civil Registrations (July 29, 2002)
Education for Maguindanaons (July 8, 2002)
Celebrating the Feast of Muhammad (June 3, 2002)
Reflections on Bayang and Karbala (May 6, 2002)
Human Projects or Divine Acts (April 15, 2002)
Three Phases That Perpetuate Division (March 11, 2002)
The Maguindanao Love Affairs With Uncle Sam (February 18, 2002)
On the Muslim's Right To Rebel (January 14, 2002)
Ramadan: Making Do With Less (November 19, 2001)
Toward a New Afghanistanism (October 15, 2001)
Violence in Our Hearts (September 17, 2001)
Narco-Politics and Islamist Extremism (August 27, 2001)
Defining Mindanao (August 6, 2001)
Mixed Knots in Maguindanao (26/02/1996)
The Case Versus FIDEL (05/03/1996)
GRP’s Win-Win Position (15-17/03/1996)
Atmosphere of Hate (18/03/1996)
Signal of a Broader Assault (25/03/1996)
Renaming the Country (27/03/1996)
Islamic Republicanism (01/04/1996)
Islamic Republicanism, Muslim Nations’ Future (02/04/1996)
Preserving Indigenous Culture (08/04/1996)
Non-Lethal Warfare (10/04/1996)
Pamathalaan’ Deserves A Look (17/04/1996)
Learning From The Oklahoma Blast (19-21/04/1996)
Why Hajj? (29/04/1996)
Conflict, Opportunities in Mindanao (30/04/1996)
High-Tech Will, Low-Tech Bill (03-05/05/1996)
Mindanao Kris (ERECT Maguindanao)
Why Erect? (10/02/1998)
Remembering Apo Ferdie (11/09/1998)
War Serves The Wicked, Not The Good (30/10/1998)
Remember Fatima’s Day (09/10/1998)

Some Speeches/ Conference Papers
• Imm Khomein and the Culture of ‘Ashura (Imm Khomein
Death Anniversary Commemoration, June 1995, Manila,
• Islamic Fundamentalism: The Paradox of the 20
(COA Anniversary Foundation, 1996, Cotabato City, Philippines)
• Imm Khomein and the EDSA People Power (International
Conference on Imm Khomein and the Revival of Religious
Thought, June 1997, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)

Pictorial Glimpses

Muslim leaders and representatives of various tribes including HRH the Sultan (partly
hidden behind PGMA) who represented his father – the then Sultan of Maguindanao –
proclaiming then Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Mindanao’s favorite daughter in
Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. (February 1998)

HRH the Sultan with
Dr. Tajudin, Official of
Angkatan Beliya Islam
Malaysia (1989)
HRH the Sultan’s visit to
Lahore, Pakistan in 1991
With MNLF Chairman Nur
Misuari at Lahore, Pakistan

HRH the Sultan receiving
a token from Dr. Ahmad
Ahmadi of the
International Islamic
Thought Foundation,
during the International
Congress on Imam
Khomeini & the Revival
of Religious Thought
where he presented a
paper entitled “Imam
Khomeini & The Edsa
People Power”, Tehran,
Iran (1997)
Posing with Bishop Capucci of
Jerusalem and Filipino media
A tour at Imam Khomeini
International Islamic University,
Qazvin City, Iran with Lebanese
and Nigerian Academicians

HRH the Sultan exchanging
pleasantries with Japanese
farmers in Mattou City, Japan
HRH the Sultan posing with JICA
Officials and fellow participants
to the Japan-ASEAN Friendship
Programme (1989)
HRH the Sultan with the Director
of the Agriculture in Kanazawa
City, Japan during a courtesy call

With MILF Civilian Officials
including Chief MILF Ideologue
Abhoud Syed Mansour Lingga at
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during
an International Youth
Conference (1989)
Posing with MNLF State
Chairmen (1998)
HRH the Sultan during a light
moment with his royal daughters