Bill creating Bangsamoro Bantay-Korupsyon Office filed in BTA

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao-– In ensuring a graft and corruption-free Bangsamoro Government, parliament bill no. 67 creating the region’s Bantay-Korupsyon Office was filed in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament last week, Feb. 23, Bangsamoro Information office (BIO) said in its report that.the bill is authored by MP) Mohammad S. Yacob, who at the same time is the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR).
The report said that if enacted, the anti-corruption Office shall be the primary authority in investigating complaints involving graft and corruption against any public officer and employees of the Bangsamoro Government and its constituent local government units, as well as their co-principals, accomplices, and accessories from the private sector, if any.

In the establishment of the BTA, Yacob said Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim pronounced that the Bangsamoro Government shall be founded on ‘moral governance’.

“The chief minister believes that only through moral governance can our government be truly set in the teachings of Islam that is to enjoin good and forbidding evil,” Yacob stated on the bill’s explanatory note.

Moral governance refers to the “set of rules, practices, and processes completely devoid of all the evils of graft and corruption, and explicitly driven by the moral principles of utmost dedication, devotion, honesty, justice, and integrity.”

“The bill shall be an effective deterrent and avenue for the path to a graft and corruption free Bangsamoro Government,” Yacob said as quoted by (BIO).

“In order to guarantee moral governance and the fight against corruption, it is imperative that the BTA Parliament pass this act into law creating a special office under the Office of the Chief Minister that will oversee this effort,” he added.