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Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law now in PNoy’s office

Posted On 2014 Aug 23
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President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes vouchers for Scholarship Grants to beneficiaries during the Ceremonial Launch of Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program: Peace Dividends of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) at the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in Barangay Salimbao, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on Monday (February 11, 2013). The strong partnership between the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has become more evident as both sides work together in the process of identifying beneficiaries and their immediate needs that will be addressed by the Sajahatra Bangsamoro program. The FAB indicated that “the Parties agree to intensify development efforts for rehabilitation, reconstruction, and development of the Bangsamoro, and institute programs to address the needs of MILF combatants, internally displaced persons, and poverty-stricken communities.” In photo is MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes vouchers for Scholarship Grants to beneficiaries during the Ceremonial Launch of Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program: Peace Dividends of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) at the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in Barangay Salimbao, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on Monday (February 11, 2013). The strong partnership between the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has become more evident as both sides work together in the process of identifying beneficiaries and their immediate needs that will be addressed by the Sajahatra Bangsamoro program. The FAB indicated that “the Parties agree to intensify development efforts for rehabilitation, reconstruction, and development of the Bangsamoro, and institute programs to address the needs of MILF combatants, internally displaced persons, and poverty-stricken communities.” In photo is MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law has been submitted to President Benigno Aquino III’s office, deputy presidential spokesperson Undersecretary Abigail Valte said Thursday.

In a text message, Valte said the Palace is just waiting for presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles’ statement on the matter.

Deles just said the peace process is “on track,’” and that further details on the Bangsamoro bill will be issued on Friday.

A separate report on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front website said the draft Bangsamoro bill was submitted to Aquino’s office on Wednesday night.

MILF chief negotiator and Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman Mohagher Iqbal reportedly signed the cover letter of the draft bill, addressed to Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.

“We are respectfully submitting the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) … and we are ready to adhere to our understanding to work on the final text of the proposed BBL after its review by the President,” the MILF quoted Iqbal as saying.

Earlier this week, Deles said the draft Bangsamoro bill will be submitted to Congress by the end of August.

The Bangsamoro Basic Law will embody the comprehensive peace agreement signed last March by the MILF and the government, aiming to end the decades-long armed conflict in Mindanao.

The bill seeks to create a new Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The measure is expected to stipulate power-sharing and wealth-sharing arrangements between the national government and the new political entity.

The crafting of the Bangsamoro bill was stalled for weeks after Aquino’s legal team supposedly made changes to the draft submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

Iqbal even said earlier that his peace negotiators will “lose face” if they accept the proposed law with the revisions made by the President’s lawyers.

Last week, Aquino’s advisers and the peace panels finally reached agreements on “crucial issues” in the draft law, paving the way for the bill’s submission to Malacañang. (MNS)

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