Philippines' Marcos vows support for Muslim autonomous region

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has visited a predominantly Muslim region on the southern island of Mindanao for the first time since taking office.

Marcos on Thursday addressed the inauguration of the interim regional government. The Bangsamoro Transition Authority, or BTA, supervises the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, known as BARMM.

Marcos said, "As your president, I assure you, the BTA and all the Bangsamoro people, of this administration's full and unwavering commitment to the peace process and to BARMM."

The members of the transitional authority are former Islamic militants who fought the dictatorship of Marcos' father.

The largest separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, agreed to a peace deal in 2014.

Marcos said his government will allot about 1.3 billion dollars to the region next year to support the peace process.

Bangsamoro has its own parliament. The first election will take place in 2025.