FOOD SECURITY Former combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are now at the forefront of helping ensure food security in the Bangsamoro region through the survival gardens they cultivate.—PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BARMM ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY

Chief Minister Ebrahim urges Congress to settle BARMM’s term extension using Bangsamoro Organic Law

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao- Congress discussions about extending the term of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) should be based solely on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), which established the autonomous region, said BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Al-Hadj Murad Ebrahim.
 He stressed that term extension was never about needing more power as it was aimed to ensure that changes being implemented in the area will continue.

The statement comes after he admitted declining a provision in Senate Bill No. 2214, which extends the term of the BTA for three more years after May 2022 and adds six more seats for MILF in the interim parliament, said a report by Inquirer.Net Thursday.

If the Senate Bill No. 2214 is passed, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) will lose their seats of representation in the BTA Parliament.

 “This is not just the legacy of the MILF or the Duterte Administration but the legacy of this generation and a gift to the next generations of the Bangsamoro. We cannot afford to fail them,” he added.

Calls for an extension of the BTA’s term started in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzed several government services with most authorities focusing on the health crisis and economic downturn at hand, the Inquirer.Net report added.