BTC Chair Ghazali Jaafar and former Chair Mohagher Iqbal shared a moment during the signing of the proposed 2017 Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo by Amirah Gayak/BTC Secretariat

BTC completes, signs Draft Bangsamoro Law

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has completed its task to draft a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Mindanews online report said on June 17.

BTC chair Ghazali Jaafar told MindaNews via text message that “it’s complete and ready for submission” to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission completed on Friday, 16 June 2017, its draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, and is now ready to submit it to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo courtesy of BTC Facebook 

The BTC had scheduled June 15 for the submission of the draft BBL but BTC Executive Director Mike Pasigan said they received no confirmation from Malacañang.

 “We are waiting for the fixed schedule of our submission of the BBL to the President,” BTC chair Ghazali Jaafar told MindaNews Wednesday.

The new draft BBL consists of 114 pages and18 articles.  

Chairman Jaafar, who is also 1st Vice Chair of the MILF, told MindaNews: “This new (draft) Bangsamoro law now accommodates all stakeholders in the areas of Bangasmoro — indigenous people, settlers or Christians, traditional leaders or sultans, women, youth and Ulama. Lahat sila meron (All of them will have) reserved seats sa Bangsamoro Parliament.”

Commissioner Omar Yasser Crisostomo Sema describes the draft BBL as a “converged BBL” that will implement not only the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed by the Philippine government (GPH) and the MILF, but will also be “implementing all peace agreements, resolving all contentious issues in the MNLF-GPH peace process.