House approves BTA extension bill on second reading

BARMM officials elated

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By Ali G. Macabalang

KIDAPAWAN CITY – The House of Representatives has passed on second reading its bill extending the lifespan of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) to 2025, bolstering prospects for the interim autonomous governance to accomplish mandates in building a regional parliament and transforming secessionist combatants into peaceful and productive citizens.

This promptly drew elation from Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim, Senior Minister Abdulraof “Sammy Gambar” Macacua, and Local Government Naguib Sinarimbo as well as the BTA Parliament led by Speaker Pangalian Balindong.

The four regional officials on Tuesday expressed fervent hope the House bill will pass final approval in soonest time, sources said.

Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, who delivered the sponsorship speech in first plenary session, rejoiced with two thumbs-up as acting presiding House Deputy Speaker Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano banged the gavel Monday night, Sept. 13, in unanimous approval of HB 10121 sans dissenting or abstention vote. See More

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