Pres. Duterte to certify as urgent a harmonized Bangsamoro bill

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he was planning to certify as urgent a harmonized version of the Bangsamoro law proposed by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction under Nur Misuari, and the draft document to be crafted by the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in a bid to end the decades-long Moro armed struggle in Mindanao, a report by Manila Bulletin said on April 10.

The expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will submit to President Rodrigo Duterte a draft Bangsamoro law on May 15 or May18 so he can study it before submitting to Congress by June 2017.

After a thorough review, Pres. Duterte will certify this as urgent and include it in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24.

In a press conference before his departure to the Middle East Monday, Duterte said he will meet with the GPH negotiating panel, along with the peace negotiating panels of the MNLF faction under Misuari and MILF chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim to consolidate their respective proposed drafts of the Bangsamoro law, the Manila Bulletin report also said.

 “I know that he is supposed to be in prison, at some point in time, we cannot forever be quarreling with enemies… I want the wars between Filipinos ended. I cannot wage a war against my own people,” he said.

On March 30, BTC chair Ghazali Jaafar, who is also MILF 1st Vice Chair, said that the GPH must deliver a “political solution to end the Bangsamoro armed struggle by fully implementing the 2014 CAB through the passage of a acceptable enabling law in Congress.

“This is a political problem and it can only satisfy the Bangsamoro people pagna deliver ang political solution,” he said.

He said that he appreciated the efforts of the government in trying to solve the issues through economic means in order to trigger development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) but said what the Bangsamoro people want are self-determination and their own Bangsamoro government.