Online petition seeking to extend Bangsamoro transition period nears 1M

Nearly 1 million individuals are asking President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the various bills in the Senate and House of Representative which seek the extension of Bangsamoro transition period.

As of March 6, 2021 3:02 PM, around 949,899 individuals signed the said online petition requesting Pres Duterte to certify as urgent the senate bills 2019/2025 and house bills 8116/8117/8161/8277, proposed legislations that seek to amend section 13 article XVI of Republic act 11054, also known as the Bangsamoro Organic Law, to extend the transition period and setting the first regular election of the Bangsamoro government to May 2025.

Davao-based peace advocacy organization Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) spearheaded the online petition through the website

In a press conference on February 2, 2021, Atty. Mary Ann Arnado MPC Secretary-General, said, “We only have a limited window until June 4. It is crucial that the President certify as urgent the measures seeking the extension of the transition period in the BARMM so that Congress will fast-track their work on the matter.”

“We believe that the BTA and national government will be able to accomplish more and uplift the quality of life of the people on a massive scale if they will be given additional time to implement the remaining tasks especially on the much needed institutional reforms and the normalization process for the thousands of MILF combatants who seek to return to peaceful and progressive civilian lives,” the online petition stated.

Last November, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority passed a resolution urging Congress to extend the Bangsamoro transition period from 2022 to 2025.

Maguindanao Governor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu and Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr., have expressed their support to the extension of the transition period in the Bangsamoro.