From May 2022 to May 2025, synchronized with the national elections
September 6, 2021
MANILA – The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill seeking to reset the first regular elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with a vote of 15-3-1.Senate Bill No. 2214, sponsored by Local Government Committee Chairman Francis Tolentino,… Read More
During the Chief Minister’s Hour on Wednesday, Chief Minister Ahod “Al-Haj Murad” Ebrahim cited several challenges faced by the interim government throughout the transition period, which root the call for its extension from 2022 to 2025.
“The transitional environment sets some limitations in instituting changes and reforms in the BARMM,” Ebrahim said.
The chief minister noted the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) provided short period for transition.
“Studies conducted on peace processes all over the world recommend 6 to 10 years of transition period for a post-conflict government to be fully effective and operational,” Ebrahim said.
“The extension is necessary, so that the BTA is afforded sufficient time within which to satisfactorily accomplish its tasks and commitments under the Bangsamoro Organic Law and for the National Government to deliver the pending programs under the normalization process,” he stressed.READ MORE
The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), headed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Al Haj Murad Ebrahim as chief minister, on Tuesday will assume the leadership of an interim body that will govern the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
On Monday afternoon, MILF vice chair for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar, head of the now-defunct Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), will hand over the leadership of the body to Ebrahim.
The assumption of Ebrahim will be facilitated by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). Ebrahim will lead the 80-man BTA whose members took their oath in Malacañang last February 22.
The collegial body is composed of representatives of the MILF and the government, including incumbent officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
“As compared to ARMM, the BARMM has wider political powers, including fiscal autonomy,” Murad said in an interview over radio DXMS here Monday.
OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez said 12 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were also named members of the BTA and not only five as earlier reported. (PNA)
Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed hope that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will signal the start of lasting peace in Mindanao.
Go made this remark during the ceremonial signing of the BOL on Monday at the Malacañang Palace in the presence of several lawmakers and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).
The BOL was signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on July 27, 2018, days after it was ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives.
“Ang pagpirma ni Pangulong Duterte sa BOL ay nagsisilbing pagsisimula ng katapusan ng kaguluhan at paghihirap sa Mindanao. Ibig sabihin, dito po natin makikita na kung may political will ang president, walang impo-imposible (President Duterte’s signing of the BOL signals the end of war and misery in Mindanao. This means nothing is impossible with a president who has political will),” Go said.
He encouraged all Filipinos to take part in the next steps that the Bangsamoro Organic Law will face.
Under the new law, a plebiscite will be held in the Bangsamoro between 90 and 150 days after its effectivity.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) earlier expressed support for Go’s senatorial bid and thanked President Duterte’s top aide for his help in facilitating in Congress and the Office of the President the process of approving BOL formerly named Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
President Rodrigo R. Duterte on August 6, 2018 signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
During the ‘69th Araw ng Ipil’ celebration in Zamboanga Sibugay, Duterte said “the BBL has been signed”, referring to Bangsamoro Basic Law which has been renamed into BOL.
“The BBL has been signed but I’m still going back because I have a ceremony with Jaafar and Murad,” said Duterte, referring to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) first vice chair Ghazali Jaafar and vice chairman for military affairs Al Haj Murad.
Duterte said he would like also to talk to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari “so that we can have it by the end of the year”.
The President was supposed to sign the BOL before his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday but change of leadership in the House of Representatives delayed the ratification of the bicameral conference committee version of the bill.
The House, under the leadership of new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ratified the BOL a day after the SONA. Arroyo replaced Pantaleon Alvarez.
The Senate unanimously approved the bicam report on Monday during the opening of the third regular session of the 17th Congress.
The BOL seeks to establish a new Bangsamoro political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (PNA)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will lead a ceremony on Monday, August 6, to mark the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), a landmark law that will give meaningful autonomy to the Moro people in Mindanao.
Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza said the ceremony, which comes a little over a week after the President signed the law, symbolizes the major milestone in the Bangsamoro peace process. “True to his campaign promise, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, fulfilling his desire to bring peace in Mindanao,” Dureza said.
“The Bangsamoro Organic Law is an extraordinary law. It is the product of years of peace negotiations with the Moro revolutionary groups and the stakeholders in Mindanao,” he added.
Formerly known as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the BOL is premised on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, a signed peace deal.
The BOL is part of the Duterte administration’s agenda to achieve national reconciliation with the Moro rebel groups. Congress has extensively deliberated on the BOL and made sure that the law is within the bounds of the Constitution, and national sovereignty and territorial integrity, at the same time ensuring that the interests of all sectors are respected.
Dureza said the challenge is now for the country to “work hard to achieve the Bangsamoro Organic Law’s vision to bring peace and development and rectify past injustices to be able to work together in the days ahead.”
This developed as the Central Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed to officially declare its acceptance of the BOL.
MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said since the representatives of all MILF groups had expressed their acceptance of the law during the Bangsamoro Consultative Assembly on July 29 in Camp Darapanan, the Central Committee “held a special meeting on August 1, 2018 and agreed to officially declare its acceptance of the BOL as ratified by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.”
Nabil Tan, Deputy Presidential Peace Adviser and Chair of the Government Implementing Panel for the GPH-MILF peace accord, said the BOL “should be seen not as a privilege for a few but as the government’s recognition of the Moros’ right to chart their political future through a democratic process as enshrined and guaranteed in the Constitution.”
“The legal framework is now ready, and it is now upon us, the stakeholders – Moros and non-Moros – to put our acts together to make it work,” he said.
Ghazali Jaafar, chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), described Monday’s event as the beginning of “a better tomorrow” in the Bangsamoro homeland.
“The signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law by our very own President Rodrigo Roa Duterte paves the way for the coming and establishment of a just and dignified peace in the Moro land. It is a dawn of hope for a better tomorrow. Indeed, it is a beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Moro people in their quest for a better life and progressive community where people are living together harmoniously free from oppression,” he said.
For MILF Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, the event on Monday is the culmination of the more than 17 years of peace negotiations between the government and the MILF.
“As Chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Implementing Panel and member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, I consider it a great honor to witness this event, proof of all those years of hard work in name of just and lasting peace in the Bangsamoro and the rest of Mindanao,” he added.
Iqbal also reiterated the fact that the signing of the BOL is “just the beginning. The real challenge lies ahead, or the implementation of the important commitments stipulated in the signed peace agreements, from the establishment of the transition government to the Normalization process.” (OPAPP PR)
“Tapos ko ‘yang BBL (referring to BOL), whether it will be implemented right or not, that’s a story which we have to… it’s still unfolding,” Duterte said in his speech during the inauguration of the Northern Mindanao Wellness and Reintegration Center in Bukidnon on Friday.
“So we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed and pray to God that Allah might want also to,” he added.
Duterte again reached out to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari, saying he “trusted” that the leader would not do anything “foolish.”
“Nur is just biding his time. I do not know his real intention. But ako (me) I trust that Nur would not do anything that’s foolish,” Duterte said.
“Alam naman niya na ako talaga, surrender ako (He knows I really surrender). I really want peace because even if we want — sabihin ko sa inyo (I tell you) that we are ready and you have everything in place. I do not want to wage a war against my own countrymen,” he added.
Malacañang earlier said Duterte will lead the “ceremonial reenactment of the signing” of the BOL since the President has already signed it.
The Chief Executive was expected to sign the BOL before delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 23 but failed to do so.
Only the Senate was able to approve the bicameral report during that day.
The House of Representatives failed to ratify the landmark measure during the opening of the third regular session following a leadership shakeup where former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo replaced Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker.