Passing a one-page law, a win-win solution for Bangsamoro Extension-Senator Zubiri

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao-Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday proposed a “best win-win  solution“ to drop the two controversial sections of Senate Bill 2214, and just pass a one-page law for the extension of BARMM transition to 2025.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel proposes a “win-win solution” on the Bangsamoro transition.

“Maybe we should just keep it quiet. Maybe we should just say the essence of the Bangsamoro Organic Law shall be maintained and implemented. Can we, at the proper time, just remove Sections 2 and 3 and just leave Section 1 which is a one-page document that says we just move, postpone the elections to 2025?,” Zubiri proposed to Senator Francis Tolentino at the  livestreamed plenary session Thursday night, Mindanews report said Saturday.

Tolentino, Chair of the Committee on Local Governments is the principal sponsor of Senate Bill 2214, the committee’s substitute bill to SB 2019 filed by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and SB 2025 filed by Senator Richard Gordon.

The Pimentel and Gordon bills merely amend Section 13 of Article 16 of Republic Act 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), by resetting the first election of the 80-member Bangsamoro Parliament to 2025 instead of 2022, Mindanews report also said.

Its Section 2, however, states how the 80 seats of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the body tasked to govern the BARMM during the transition period, should be allocated by the President who will appoint its members. This section triggers controversy among stakeholders in the BARMM, and outside of the region

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the peace agreement signed by government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in March 2014, and its enabling law, RA 11054.  

Tolentino has repeatedly stressed that the aim of the bill is to extend the mandate of the