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Duterte ‘neutral’ on call to extend BARMM transition period

 June 28, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is “neutral” on the proposal extending the transition phase of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) for at least three more years.In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte would let Congress decide… Read More

Fariñas: ConCom’s draft Federal Charter not binding on House

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said the draft federal constitution of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) on Charter Change is only “recommendatory” in nature and it is still the Congress that has the power to propose amendments to the Constitution.

constitutionFariñas said while the draft charter prepared by President Rodrigo Duterte’s ConCom carries weight, it is not binding on the House of Representatives.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday formally received the draft federal constitution prepared by the 22-member ConCom.

ConCom chairman and former Chief Justice Reynato Puno handed over a copy of the 91-page draft charter titled “Bayanihan Federalism: Power to the People, Power to the Regions” at the Speaker’s office. Other members of the expert panel and Fariñas were also present.

In a press conference following the meeting, Alvarez said the lower chamber will start studying the ConCom’s draft charter.

640_Consultative_Committee_to_review_Constitution_logo_2018_03_08_03_49_31The draft charter is “only advisory. And I hope that it would make that very clear to the public,” Fariñas said.

“It’s only the Congress that can propose amendments to the Constitution. Precisely, they (ConCom) are called the advisory commission,” he added.

Fariñas, however, admits the draft charter carries weight.

“Coming from the President, it carries weight. But Congress is not bound by that. Pag-aaralan din ng Congress yun (Congress would still study it),” he said.

Fariñas said the draft charter prepared by the House committee on constitutional amendments would also be considered alongside the ConCom’s proposal.

“They will be both considered as instruments and proposals,” he said.

The draft federal constitution proposed by the ConCom has a total of 22 articles compared to the 1987 Constitution’s 18 articles.

Under the said proposal, there are 18 federated regions composed of 16 symmetrical regions — existing regions plus Negrosanon Federated Region and two asymmetrical regions — Bangsamoro and Cordillera. (with PNA)

duterte strongmanAlso Read:  PRRD only willing to lead transition to federalism within his term

 

Bangsamoro Basic Law draft ready for submission to Aquino

BY CHARLIE MONFORTE

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) would complete the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by August 18, in a statement issued at the end of a 10-day meeting in Davao City on August 10.

Under the historic Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed IN March by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the BTC is tasked to draft the BBL creating a Bangsamoro juridical entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Mindanao (ARMM).
p12 (2)President Aquino failed to deliver on his promise to submit the proposed BBL to Congress during his State of the Nation Address on July 28 as the BTC failed to complete its draft on time.
The 10-day meeting in Davao City of the BTC gave the draft BBL its finishing touches,
MILF peace panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal, also the BTC chairman, led the MILF panel, talking with the government’s chief negotiator, Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.
In a joint press statement issued early Sunday night, August 10, after the 10-day meeting, the panels said they “have reached agreement on substantial portions of the document, and have developed a shared understanding of the remaining challenges and unsettled issues, which they will bring back to their principals for further guidance. “
They reiterated their commitment “to finish an agreed draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by August 18, 2014, in order to allow the Office of the President to submit the same to Congress as soon as possible. “
During the ten-day meeting, “discussions took place in plenary as well as in small groups focused on addressing specific issues such as fiscal autonomy and administration of justice,” their joint communique said.
“There were also inputs provided by resource persons coming from the Bangsamoro Development Agency, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Ateneo School of Government on the matter of development planning and budget transfers to the Bangsamoro,” it said.
Moreover, the panels expressed their appreciation to the members of the International Contact Group, the Third Party Monitoring Team, and Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed “who observed,” and to the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the Panel of Independent Lawyers “who assisted.”
They also thanked members of Mindanao-based civil society organizations who visited and expressed their support and encouragement.
The Bangsamoro Transition Commission as composed by its Chairman Iqbal and BTC Commissioners Robert Alonto, Pedrito Eisma, Hussein Muñoz, Ibrahim Ali, Said Sheik, Akmad Sakkam and Asani Tammang. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

GPH, MILF PANELS VOW TO FINISH BANGSAMORO BL AUG. 18 AS DAVAO CITY MEETING ENDS

Both panels of the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front vowed to finish the draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law by August 18 as they ended their ten-day meeting Sunday evening in Davao City.

 
The meeting was closely kept under wraps from the media as local reporters were prohibited from covering the meetings following denial of MILF peace panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal to a news report last Thursday that he accused President Benigno Aquino III of reneging on a “promise the government that will be flexible in its application of the Constitution to the (BBL).”
 

He said he was misquoted by Manila Times reporters who wrote the report, although he said he “(does) not recall having been interviewed by any of the (said) reporters.”
 
Iqbal, chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, led the MILF panel, talking with the government’s chief negotiator, Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.
 
In a joint press statement issued early Sunday night after the meeting, the panels said they “have reached agreement on substantial portions of the document, and have developed a shared understanding of the remaining challenges and unsettled issues, which they will bring back to their principals for further guidance. “
 
They reiterated their commitment “to finish an agreed draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by August 18, 2014, in sha Allah, in order to allow the Office of the President to submit the same to Congress as soon as possible. “
 
During the ten-day meeting, “discussions took place in plenary as well as in small groups focused on addressing specific issues such as fiscal autonomy and administration of justice,” their joint communique said.
 
“There were also inputs provided by resource persons coming from the Bangsamoro Development Agency, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Ateneo School of Government on the matter of development planning and budget transfers to the Bangsamoro,” it said.
 
Moreover, the panels expressed their appreciation to the members of the International Contact Group, the Third Party Monitoring Team, and Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed “who observed,” and to the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the Panel of Independent Lawyers “who assisted.”
 
They also thanked members of Mindanao-based civil society organizations who visited and expressed their support and encouragement.
 
The Facebook of Opapp Peace Process posted Saturday a photo showing Bangsamoro Transition Commission as composed by its Chairman Iqbal and BTC Commissioners Robert Alonto, Pedrito Eisma, Hussein Muñoz, Ibrahim Ali, Said Sheik, Akmad Sakkam and Asani Tammang. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

TRANSITION COMMISSION hammers out Bangsamoro Basic Law final draft in Davao City

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will be in Davao City for finishing touches to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is hoped to end more than four decades of bloody conflict in Mindanao.

      bangsamoro murad aquinoThe Government of the Philippines – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) peace negotiation is at the homestretch of finding final peace in Mindanao, centered on approval by Congress of the BBL that will establish a new Bangsamoro homeland.

muradThe historic meeting in Mindanao’s premier city from August 1 to 10, 2014, is the second for Davao City to host a crucial meeting in the quest for peace in Mindanao,

      In the 80s and early 90s, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hosted major meetings and conferences between the national government, foreign intermediaries and the Nur Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), as the GPH-MNLF peace negotiation was then being hammered out.

      The Philippine government eventually signed in 1996 the Final Peace Pact with MNLF.

The MILF, a splinter group of the MNLF, however, continued to fight government despite the 1996 peace accord with MNLF.

      The Davao City meeting of the BTC, created under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by Aquino and MILF chairman Al Haj Ebrahim Murad in March this year, was mandated to craft the BBL that was to be submitted to Congress for approval.

      The final draft of the BBL was to have been submitted by President Benigno Aquino during his July 28, 2014 State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Congress, but the BTC failed to complete the draft on time.

As MILF expressed frustration at Malacanang’s failure to submit the final draft during Aquino’s SONA, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the GPH panel, announced the holding of the Davao City meeting of the BTC to put finishing touches to the historic legislation.

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‘ Just, fair and acceptable’

President    Benigno Aquino said the Bangsamoro Basic Law would be “just, fair and acceptable” as he asked the consideration of Congress for the delay in the submission of the draft of the BBL, during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28.

Aquino assured the government will do everything to put forward a Bangsamoro law by the end of this year.

 

The BBL is the offshoot of the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last March 27.

The CAB envisions the creation of the Bangsamoro government, which will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao after the passage and ratification of the BBL.

Before the SONA, Aquino had promised to submit the final draft of the BBL during his address before the joint session of Congress.

The submission has been postponed as the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) failed to complete the draft in time for the SONA.

The Philippine government and the MILF hope to see the Bangsamoro government in place in 2016.

With the delay in the submission of the draft BBL by Malacañang to Congress, MILF chairman Al Haj Murad appealed for support for the success of the peace process.

      We call on critics not to negatively pre-judge the accord, to give a chance for its completion and ultimate implementation, Murad said.

 

Aquino to submit BBL to Congress during SONA

sonaMalacanang is set to submit the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Congress when it opens after President Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address later this month.

This developed even as the Bangsamoro Transition Commission has yet to make a final draft of the BBL.

Last week, the draft BBL was returned by Malacanang to the Transition Commission for revision.

The delay in the transmittal of the draft law to Congress prompted a closed-door meeting between President Aquino and MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim in Hiroshima, Japan, last week.

The President had earlier said he would certify the bill as urgent and there would be a Bangsamoro autonomous region before he steps down in June 2016.

cabPalace returns ‘mangled’ draft to Transition Commission

Malacañang has returned the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law with so many comments and revisions that practically nothing has been left unchanged in the original document that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to President Benigno Aquino, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports quoting an unnamed source.

The source, according to Inquirer, said that the Bangsamoro Basic Law was practically “mangled” by the revisions proposed by the Office of the President.

The source is privy to the talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but has not been authorized to discuss developments with the media, said the Inquirer.

The source, accordingly, said the comments and revisions, which comprised a thick pile of paper, reportedly veer away from the four annexes that are the heart and soul of the two parties’ peace agreement.

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal confirmed that the Palace has returned the draft after its review, with a thick pile of comments, Inquirer said.

Iqbal also chairs the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

The Inquirer adds that “despite Malacañang’s review of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Iqbal said the situation was “not hopeless.”

The Bangsamoro Basic Law, if approved by Congress, would pave the way for the establishment of a Bangsamoro autonomous region to be led by the Moro people.

bangsamoro rallyMindanaoans press release of Bangsamoro law  draft

The Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC)  along with kindred civil society organizations and grassroots communities in Mindanao strongly urged President Aquino to release to the public the signed BTC version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the comments thereon of the Malacanang legal team. 

In a statement, MPC said that in line with “acclaimed government policy on transparency and inclusiveness, it is high time that the draft BBL must be released to the public so that all stakeholders for peace will be assured that this remains faithful, compliant and consistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.”

“Unhealthy speculations are running high about the fate of the peace road map  agreed upon by both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said MPC.

       In this critical phase of the peace agreement, there is need to be more transparent, said MPC.

We would like to emphasize that the biggest stakeholders of the peace process are Mindanao’s grassroots communities and peoples who have suffered the most during the long periods of war. Let us not fail their expectations, said MPC.

“Unhealthy speculations are bred by the continuing unavailability to public scrutiny of the Bangsamoro Basic Law,” MPC said.

When enacted, the Basic Law will serve as charter of the new autonomous entity in Mindanao that expectedly embody the attributes of meaningful self-governance for the Moro people. As such, it will be among the principal measures that will make the letter and spirit of the CAB come to life.

The MPC said that “in the process of writing the Basic Law, the BTC asked the public, especially the grassroots communities and sectors, to provide inputs and share their thoughts and sentiments. With the Basic Law now drafted by the BTC, the public deserves to know how much of their hopes and dreams for a fresh social order are embodied in that instrument. In light of this, we appeal to President Aquino to reveal to the public the full text of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.”

We feel, the MPC said,  that enough time has passed for a thorough review of the BTC draft; to give the public the opportunity to examine the document. In the spirit of transparency, it said.

 

 

AQUINO URGED TO RELEASE SIGNED DRAFT OF BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

PRESS STATEMENT

 MAKE PUBLIC THE BTC-SIGNED BANGSAMORO  BASIC LAW; THE PEOPLE, NO LESS, DESERVE TO KNOW

The Mindanao Peoples Caucus along with kindred civil society organizations and grassroots communities in Mindanao strongly urge President Aquino to release to the public the signed BTC version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the comments thereon of the Malacanang legal team. 

Invoking the acclaimed government policy on transparency and inclusiveness, it is high time that the draft BBL must be released to the public so that all stakeholders for peace will be assured that this remains faithful, compliant and consistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Unhealthy speculations are running high about the fate of the peace road map  agreed upon by both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a bid to settle over four decades of Moro rebellion in Mindanao. The longer these speculations persist, the greater the chance of eroding the public’s trust on the GPH-MILF peace process.

To be successful, the peace agreement that the parties forged through a 17-year negotiation must earn the widest public acclaim. We are therefore alarmed that the parties are seemingly doing nothing to stave off the erosion of public confidence on the viability of their political settlement.

We would like to emphasize here that the biggest stakeholders of the peace process are Mindanao’s grassroots communities and peoples who have suffered the most during the long periods of war. Let us not fail their expectations of finally enjoying normalcy in their lives by showing our resolve to defend the gains of the peace process, particularly the integrity of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

These unhealthy speculations are bred by the continuing unavailability to public scrutiny of the Bangsamoro Basic Law drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). We note that it has been more than two months since the BTC submitted the full text of the draft Basic Law to the Office of the President. And until today, the public is yet to know the contents of this historic document.

When enacted, the Basic Law will serve as charter of the new autonomous entity in Mindanao that expectedly embody the attributes of meaningful self-governance for the Moro people. As such, it will be among the principal measures that will make the letter and spirit of the CAB come to life.

In the process of writing the Basic Law, the BTC asked the public, especially the grassroots communities and sectors, to provide inputs and share their thoughts and sentiments. With the Basic Law now drafted by the BTC, the public deserves to know how much of their hopes and dreams for a fresh social order are embodied in that instrument. In light of this, we appeal to President Aquino to reveal to the public the full text of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

We feel that enough time has passed for a thorough review of the BTC draft; it is also about time to give the public, especially the Bangsamoro constituency, the opportunity to examine the document. In the spirit of transparency which is the avowed policy of the administration of President Aquino, we urge the BTC to release to the public the text of the Basic Law it drafted. We also urge the Office of the President to immediately release its comments to the BTC’s draft Basic Law even before a ‘revised’ draft is submitted to Congress by July 28.

All these processes must be transparent to all stakeholders in Mindanao and the country. We trust that President Aquino heed this appeal in the greater interest of transparency and of maintaining public trust and confidence in the peace process.

MINDANAO PEOPLES CAUCUS

July 1, 2014