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BTC chair hopeful MNLF will be active in the establishment of Bangsamoro Government

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao- Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chair (BTC) Ghazali Jaafar is hopeful that leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) will be active in the work to put up the unified government in the region.

Jaafar said that he has successfully worked with leaders of the Moro Front during the crafting of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and they have cooperated and performed well.

Jaafar statement comes after the Bicameral Conference Committee approved a reconciled version of proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which they renamed as Organic Law for the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM).

In an interview by CNN Philippines, Jaafar said, “Until now, I still get to talk to prominent leaders of MNLF in Davao. In all our conversations, they never told me they were against BBL. They are for BBL. I am sure they will help, and will not oppose. After all, this government is inclusive to everyone. This is not a government of the MILF or MNLF. This is a government of all the people residing there.”

The BTC, and leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said that they are satisfied with the outcome of bicam meeting, as it is 80% to 90% compliant to the peace deal signed in 2014.

They said that they will most likely accept the organic law but has to consult first civil society organization (CSOs) and the Bangsamoro people. 

A plebiscite will be held in November for the ratification of OLBARMM.

After its ratification, a transition government led by the MILF will replaced the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) by January 2019. 

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign the OLBARM during his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasan Pambansa at 4PM today.