Palace, MILF reach agreement on draft BBL

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The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have reached agreement on issues raised in the drafting of the Bangsamoro bill, Malacanang said on Friday.

Citing a joint statement signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said both parties “have concluded discussions on the various issues involving the draft Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL),” after a series of “productive meetings.”

“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 Beningno Aquino 3rd,” Valte told reporters in a news conference.

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the 15-member MILF-led body in charge of drafting the BBL, submitted its 97-page, 18-article draft to Malacanang on April 22. The Palace reviewed the draft and handed 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.

Shortly after the draft law was returned, President Aquino also met with MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ibrahim in Hiroshima, Japan, in a surprise meeting. It was also a surprise meeting between the two principals that served as a turning point in peace negotiations with the rebel group under the Aquino administration back in 2011.

A series of discussions between the panels had been held in Kuala Lumpur, Manila and the latest, in Davao City, in an attempt to bridge the gap between the BTC and Malacañang versions of the proposed law.

Both panels earlier declared that the final draft of the Bangsamoro bill will be submitted to the President by August 18.

Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the mutually-agreed August 18 deadline for the completion of the final draft of the BBL aims to show to everyone that both panels have nothing else in mind but to pursue peace and achieve it.

Once the peace panels submit the final draft of the BBL to Aquino, the President will in turn submit it to Congress for passage into law.

Under the final peace agreement, the Bangsamoro political entity replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is envisioned to enjoy greater fiscal and political powers.

The new autonomous government will be parliamentary in form and is designed to get block grants from Congress, which means that it will get automatic appropriations each year based on a formula that will be outlined in the proposed law.

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3 Comments

  1. Roldan Guerrero on

    AQUINO is doing everything to push this very hard as he will use the place as his sanctuary after his term to hide and avoid unstoppable jail terms

  2. BBL may not solve the conflict in Mindanao, and why it wont work, its because they have other hidden agenda they are using BBL as a PRELUDE to dominate and form a caliphate like ISIS in the Middle East, and eventually spread and influence the rest of the Philippines Their ideals are very clear , to dominate, convert Christians to Islam and those who refused will be beheaded .Some 200 Filipinos was reported by a reliable newspaper , used the backdoor into Malaysia (80% Islam) and joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Isnt this very alarming that this adm should seriously investigate first.

  3. Dominador D. Canastra on

    What about the unconstitutional provisions the correction of which MILF’s Mohagher Iqbal said was President Aquino’s act of breaking his promise to the MILF?