Pres. Duterte is likely to launch Bangsamoro Transition Authority on February 21

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao— Philstar in an online report said that President Duterte is likely to launch the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) on Feb. 21, as hinted by officials on February 14.

The BTA will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to the incoming Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, or BARMM after the yes vote won overwhelmingly during the plebiscite on January 21st in the ARMM, and Cotabato City. 

On February 6, the 2nd phase of plebiscite was held in North Cotabato where 63 out of the 67 villages opted to join the new region, BARMM. 

Isabela City in Basilan and Lanao del Norte voted No to the BOL.

Senior government officials said preparations are underway for next week’s symbolic launching of the BTA in Malacañang.

The figurehead of the MILF, Hadji Murad Ebrahim, will lead the BTA, to include other officials of their central committee.

Meanwhile, the Philstar also said in its report that residents of Lamitan City are urging Murad, Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. and Duterte to consider designating one of them as BTA member.

Christian residents in Lamitan City, the capital of Basilan province, voted for BOL’s ratification during the Jan. 21 plebiscite in all of ARMM’s five provinces, said the Philstar report.

Local officials said community leaders in Lamitan City want their Sangguniang Panlungsod to pass a resolution urging Malacañang, the MILF and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to consider their desire to have a representative in the BTA.

Lamitan City Vice Mayor Roderick Furigay confirmed on Thursday the clamor of the 45 barangay chairmen.

Furigay said Muslim and Christian barangay captains in Lamitan City were together in campaigning for an affirmative vote for the BOL, resulting in the overwhelming approval of the measure. – (Source: Philstar)