Palace, GRP-MILF peace panels finally resolve ‘crucial’ issues in proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

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Malacanang and the Philippine government (GPH)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels finally resolved “crucial issues” in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is set to be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III next week.

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In a joint statement by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Mohagher Iqbal Friday, they said that after a series of productive meetings by both panels and Palace officials, they have concluded discussions on the various issues involving the draft Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL) originally drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and submitted to the President last April.

“The parties have agreed that the resolutions arrived at by both parties will be incorporated into the final draft Basic Bangsamoro Law that will be prepared and submitted to President Aquino,” it added.

The submission of the draft bill to Congress has been stalled after the President’s legal team want some changes in the draft bill.

The GPH and MILF peace panels earlier set August 18 as their deadline for submitting the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to the President.

Both panels reiterated “their commitment to finish an agreed draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by August 18, 2014, in order to allow the Office of the President to submit the same to Congress as soon as possible.”

They said both parties have “reached an 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.”

The Bangsamoro Basic Law seeks to create a new political entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

This was also embodied in the comprehensive peace agreement signed last March by the MILF and the government, which aims to end the decades-long armed conflict in Mindanao. PNA

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