Final Bangsa draft bill hangs as govt, MILF end negotiations

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The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels ended their 10-day marathon negotiations on Sunday but failed to come up with a final draft of the Bangsamoro bill.

In a joint statement signed by government peace panel head Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and her MILF counterpart, Mohagher Iqbal, the two panels, however, said they have reached “agreement on substantial portions” of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The panels started their negotiations on August 1 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City after 11 days of similar “workshops” in Kuala Lumpur and Manila last month that failed to yield a “mutually acceptable” draft.

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the 15-member MILF-led body tasked to draft the BBL, submitted its 97-page, 18-article draft to Malacañang on April 22. The Palace reviewed the draft and handed to the MILF a copy of the review with its comments and proposed revisions on June 21.


Apparently, a substantial part of the BTC draft was not acceptable to Malacanang.

The revised provisions were also rejected by the MILF.

Among the most contentious issues that have not been resolved are the delineation of powers as provided for under the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Annex on Power-Sharing.

According to the peace panels, the issues that the parties failed to resolve will be brought to the attention of their principals – President Benigno Aquino 3rd and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.

“The panels have reached agreement on substantial portions of the document, and have developed a shared understanding of the remaining challenges and unsettled issues, which they will bring back to their principals for further guidance,” they said.

They reiterated their commitment to finish an agreed draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by August 18 in order to allow the Office of the President to submit the same to Congress as soon as possible.”

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4 Comments

  1. Joseline Landrito on

    Please never trust BANGSAMORO who are the secret enemy black and white in the Philippines who are the most terrorist engage with Abu Shayaff and other Muslim Islam people, why not arrest the leader of Bangsamoro the perpetrator of Muslim and Islam massacre.

  2. Beware , cuidado Philippines, The Moros will pull a Putin Crimea on you.Igbal or Misuari will come back and claim they woul d rather be with Malaysia or Indonesia.. for religious reasons. These groups need to be exterminated now, before they dis articulate Mindanao from Luzon and the Visayas.WE need leaders with big cahones like F. Marcos, not these bina baba-e. Wake up Filipinos!

  3. How can they finish by August 18? They agreed on minor portions but the big items are unresolved. The timeline for passing this bill needs correction. The remaining items will not be resolved soon, if ever. The secession law is dead.

  4. Anima A. Agrava on

    But why was MILF panel head Mohagher Iqbal accusing the Aquino side of betraying the vows they made, as reported in a Manila Times page 1 headline story, the other day and in a radio station? Then why did he later deny that he made those accusations against Aquino and his negotiators?
    Both Aquino et al. and the MILF, Iqbal are talking untruthfully, immorally about the Framework Agreement, the CAB and the BBL!