Bangsamoro transition panel formed

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President Aquino has named the 15 members of the Transition Commission that will craft the basic Bangsamoro law.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal heads the MILF representatives to the TransCom, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda announced on Monday.

The TransCom was created through Executive Order No. 120.

The others in the MILF side are Robert Alonto, Abdulla Camlian, Ibrahim Ali, Raissa Jajurie, Melanio U. Ulama, Hussein Munoz and Said Shiek.

The seven-man government contingent, on the other hand, is composed of Akmad Sakkam, Johaira Wahab, Talib Benito, Asani Tammang, Pedrito Eisma, Froilyn Mendoza and Fatmawati Salapuddin.

“The appointment of these individuals who represent vital Bangsamoro constituencies and have proven their commitment to pursuing amity and goodwill in Muslim Mindanao is a key step on the road map to the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Political Entity,” Lacierda said in a briefing.

He said this was proof of both camps’ seriousness to uphold the October 2012 framework agreement on the Bangsamoro to draft the Basic Bangsamoro Law and “move forward in the peace process.”

Who are covered

Under the agreement, the Bangsamoro are “those who at the time of conquest and colonization were considered natives or original inhabitants of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago and its adjacent islands, including Palawan, and their descendants, whether of mixed or full blood.”

The constitution of the TransCom came two weeks after the President launched a socioeconomic program in the MILF stronghold in Sultan Kudarat to address the health, educational and livelihood needs of the rebels in the next 18 months.

The government and the rebel group hope to seal a final comprehensive peace agreement by March.

The TransCom, created in December last year, has three functions: draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law; work on proposals to amend the Constitution with a view of “entrenching” the parties’ agreements in the Constitution; and coordinate development programs in Bangsamoro communities.

Once drafted, the Bangsamoro basic law will be certified urgent by the President and submitted to Congress.

The draft charter will then be submitted to a plebiscite in the envisioned core territory of the Bangsamoro. Upon the charter’s ratification, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) would be deemed abolished.

The Bangsamoro is expected to pave the way for an end to the decades-long Muslim insurgency in Mindanao.

The Bangsamoro basic law will replace the organic act, Republic Act No. 9054, that created the ARMM, which was part of the peace agreement that the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) signed with the government in 1996.

No MNLF member

Quoting Secretary Teresita Deles, presidential adviser on the peace process, Lacierda said the MNLF chose not to endorse a member to the TransCom.

“But we are certain that among the appointees are people who know the situation and perspectives of the MNLF on the ground,” he said.

The seven appointees of the government panel were vetted by a TransCom selection body composed of Deles, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Secretary Mehol Sadain of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

“The selection body agreed on the following qualification requirements for each appointee: a Bangsamoro, a track record in support of the peace process and established probity, untainted by any charge or suspicion of corruption or abuse of power, among other things,” Lacierda said.

The MILF representatives were recommended by the rebel group.

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  • reader2323

    “No MNLF member”! this will lead to another conflict!

    • Alex Alvarez

      LOL, look at the SABAH issue now? It was related, of course, this inutile government left out the TAUSUG… 

  • giltor

    Does this administration has any scintilla of brain left to comprehend the ramifications of the word “bangsa” means?

    We’re losing territory piece by piece – equivalent to the death of a country by a thousand cuts.

    Lordy Lord – Have mercy to our country and its people!

    • beerhunters

      Remember the anecdote,”The Arab and the Camel”!

      • giltor

        Sounds like a good analogy. Why is it we’re always the Arab? Some of us are not even moose slim.

  • IbigMongSabihin

    noong kalakasan ng pwersa ng moro rebels ay never na pinagbigyan ni marcos na masunod ang gustong bangsamoro region ng mga rebels. ganoon din ang nangyari noong panahon ni ramos at estrada.
    ngayong lupaypay na ang pwersa ng moro rebels dahil sa lupaypay na rin sa kaguluhan ang mga padrino nitong bansa sa middle east tulad ng libya ay saka naman itong noynoy government naghain ng bangsamoro region para sa moro rebels. 
    the islander pilipinos deserve this idiotic government and its bangsamoro project as their penalty and lesson for electing a boy president in a big man’s body. 

  • beerhunters

    “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our Leader, Qur’an is our Constitution, Shariah is our Law, Shahadat(martyrdom) is our Desire, Jihad is our Way, to Lie/Decieve the unbelieversINFIDELS and Chop Off their hands and heads wherever we find them-is our Bounden Duty.” Allahu Akbar!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HQ3IST5DNKVHEP7QJJL6GZQB6M bab

    Transcom, big talk shops, lots of meetings, hearings, consultations, but in the end, no basic law, only basic question and basic problem.  Aren’t some of too old to think and craft sensible law for the Moros? Where are the IPs? Some are even recycled Marcos stooges? Just how mislead P-Noy is OPAPP should answer.

  • $20722540

    another exercise in futility of this administration, give me a break…transition commission…umasa ka pa mr. president, ikaw lang yata naniniwala sa agreement na yan…not in your lifetime

  • kilabot

    transition panel before war panel.

  • valsore

    If MNLF is not part of it, there will be more wars, eh?

  • gabbybal

    How about Christian representatives as we know there are more Christians than Muslims in those covered areas who will be affected? Those Christians will also vote to approve or not the Bangsamoro Law in a plebiscite, di ba? Do you think there will be true and lasting peace if no Christian representatives and MNLF representatives (mostly Tausogs)? Something is wrong & fishy even at the start… Anyway, let’s give peace a chance – even a remote chance….

  • Datukalun

    Congratulation to the new Millionaires or billionare to be in the MILF and MNLF ranks

  • Alqueen Obe

    Raising the new breed of ampatuans and dimaporos.  Congratulations Mr. President!  Christians are bypassed in this agenda, MNLF snubbed, what do you expect to happen next?  We have had ARMM and it failed.  The Muslims in Mindanao are so fragmented they cant even hold talks inside the country…. they have to waste taxpayers money and the 36th talks will be held in Kuala Lumpur.  This is insanity.  

    How about getting Sabah back and put them altogether in that area so they can live peacefully among themselves in a land called Bangsamoro, it might work (fingers crossed).  Is our administration so naive, or is there a hidden agenda in all this farce?

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