by Elena L. Aben
President Duterte yesterday signed an executive order (EO) establishing an expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), which will be tasked to craft an enabling law that will ensure a more inclusive peace process.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Ebrahim Murad, MILF Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, government Implementing Panel Chair Irene Santiago, other members of the Cabinet and of the MILF central committee witnessed the signing at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang.
With the President directing the Mindanao peace process to be inclusive, the EO will expand the BTC from 15 to 21 members. Eleven members, including the BTC chair, will come from the MILF, and 10 will be nominated by the government.
The government nominees will be “a diverse group selected on the basis of their proven capacity to listen to many voices.”
Duterte also directed that since there is only one Bangsamoro, the provisions not yet implemented in the 1996 agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the MILF be consolidated into one enabling law.
Thus, the government has agreed to include among its nominees three members from the MNLF.
According to the OPAPP, the draft law to be crafted by the BTC will serve as the legal foundation of the future Bangsamoro government in Mindanao. It is expected to be submitted to Congress middle of next year.
In his speech after the signing of the EO, Duterte said he committed to the peace process.
“I pray to Allah that it will succeed in my term. Sabi ko nga maski yan na lang ang magawa ko para sa bayan ok na ako, then I can retire in peace,” he added.
Dureza, meanwhile, said that the “the signing of the EO marked another milestone in yet another effort to address what the President had always referred to as ‘to redress a historical injustice on the Bangsamoro’.”
“This is a very significant occasion because it will signal a restart of what had slowed down because of the failure of our previous Congress to enact the enabling law,” he added.
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