Bill filed to extend transition in BARMM, postpone 2022 polls there
DAVAO CITY—A bill has been filed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Dec. 1) seeking to extend the period of transition for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The bill, authored by Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu, also seeks to postpone the first regular elections in the autonomous region to 2025.
The bill, if enacted, would extend by three years the life of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the interim government of the BARMM.
The bill was filed online and acknowledged by the House’s bills and index service on Wednesday (Dec. 2).
The measure, indexed as House Bill No. 8117, seeks to amend the Bangsamoro Organic Act, which had set the schedule of elections in the BARMM in 2022, coinciding with the national election schedule.
Mangudadatu said the extension was necessary.
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