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“New draft BM Law should not require charter change”: MILF

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on the sidelines of the signing ceremony for the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Malacañan on November 7. Photo by Malacañang Press.

MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) insists on its position that the new draft law carving a new territory for the Bangsamoro in Mindanao will not require changes in the constitution, ABS-CBN report said on June 30.

The new draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) contains no "recommendation for constitutional change," having been studied by lawyers already, said Chairman Al Haj Murad.

Chairman Al Haj Murad told ABS-CBN that, "We see no need for constitutional change," and reiterated his group's stand when the old BBL was first submitted to the 16th Congress.

Al Haj Murad said provisions that might be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court could be accommodated if the country shifts to a federal system, which would require charter change.

But he insisted the government should first create the new Bangsamoro territory, which could serve as a "template for federalism", the ABS-CBN report said.

"It would difficult if federalism is established first because there would be another round of negotiation with the federal setup," he said.

Al Haj Murad said Duterte's efforts to fully implement the agreement helped some MILF members resist the lure of violent extremism.