Minister of Basic, Higher, Technical Education (and Madaris)
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)

Mohagher M. Iqbal is the nom de guerre of one of the leading figures in the Government of the
Philippines (GPH)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Process and the Bangsamoro
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). For the past fifty years, Min. Iqbal has
tirelessly advocated for the realization of the Bangsamoro’s right to self-determination as well as
peace and development in Mindanao. He currently serves as Minister of Basic, Higher and
Technical Education (MBHTE).
Min. Iqbal hails from Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao province. He studied in the Manuel L.
Quezon University in Manila where he received his Bachelor of Science degree, Major in Political
Science and Minor in History 1969 and Master’s degree in Political Science in 1972 (Thesis: “The
Muslim Secession Movement in the Philippines”). He was granted several scholarships during his
university days. After graduating from college, he joined the Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF) in September 1972, initially as a foot soldier and later as Chair of the Committee on
Propaganda of the Kutawato Revolutionary Committee. In 1977, he and other former MNLF
leaders founded the MILF.
He serves the MILF in various capacities, notably as a member of the Central Committee, Chair of
the Committee on Information (since 1979), MILF’s Chairman for Peace Implementing Panel
(since July 29, 2003). Previously, he served as chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission
(BTC) from 2013 to 2016 that crafted the first Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) under the Aquino
Administration. He was a member of the second iteration of the Bangsamoro Transition
Commission (2016 to 2019). In addition to his role as Education Minister, he is a member
Bangsamoro Transitional Authority and more recently, the Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister
appointed him as Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Body for the side of the BARMM.
He also has experience working with the international community and peacebuilding
organizations, especially those part of the peace process architecture. As MILF Peace Panel Chair,
Min. Iqbal supervises various mechanisms supporting the peace process, from the Joint Cessation
of Hostilities mechanism to the Normalization bodies. He has chaired significant bodies such as
the Consultative Committee of the UN-World Bank Facility for Advisory Support for transition
Capacities (FASTRAC). Now as Education Minister, he co-chairs the Education Pathways to Peace
in Mindanao Steering Committee together with representatives from the GPH Department of
Education and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian
Government.

An avid reader and a perceptive writer, Min. Iqbal wrote three books. Under the pen name Salah
Juabir, he authored “Bangsamoro: A Nation Under Endless Tyranny,” and “The Long Road to
Peace: Inside the GPH-MILF Peace Process.” The third book, “Negotiating Peace: An Insider
Perspective of the Bangsamoro Struggle for self-Determination,” is a collection of Min. Iqbal’s
speeches from 2005 to 2018.
Profile Min. Iqbal as of August 13, 2019

While he still considers himself as a revolutionary, Min. Iqbal is recognized for his work as both
MILF's chief peace negotiator and peacebuilder in Mindanao. He is a recipient of the Fr. William
F. Masterson SJ Award by Xavier University in recognition of his service to the mission of
building a society of justice, peace and compassion during its Commencement Exercises on March
26, 2015. He is also a recipient of Peace Weaver Award, given during the Mindanao Week of
Peace 2012 in Zamboanga City, and the GAWAD AKAP of Rotary Peace Awards last February
27, 2019, at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City. Last April 6, 2019,
Minister Iqbal received the Presidential Award for Peacebuilding in Mindanao from the Ateneo De Davao University, Davao City.