Friday, January 9, 2015

Extend transition period of Bangsamoro Region beyond 2016: Dureza

From the Website of MILF

Extend transition period of Bangsamoro Region beyond 2016: Dureza
Jesus Dureza, former GPH Chief Negotiator, and now President of the Philippine Press Institute urged Congress on Thursday, January 8 to to extend the transition period for the Bangsamoro region beyond 2016.  This according to Dureza will “give the MILF’s United Bangsamoro Justice Party time to mature.”

Such an extension “will allow the MILF to mature politically and be able to prove to the Bangsamoro constituents that they are a different breed to the known past political leaders in the area.”

Congress will start deliberating the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the charter that would govern the new Bangsamoro government when it resumes session on January 19.

The new political entity Bangsamoro government with a ministerial form of government is the key feature of the GPH-MILF Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed on March 27, 2014.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao shall be abolished once congress approves the proposed bill on BBL and ratified by the people in the core territory, six (6) municipalities in Lanao del Norte, 39 barangaysd in North Cotabato, Cities of Cotabato and Isabela in Basilan..

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will take over the governance of the region, with all the members including the Chief Minister appointed by the President, until the first set of officials are elected during the 2016 elections.

The MILF officially launched the UJBP during a three-day 1st Volunteers General Assembly from December 23-25, 2014, in Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao. About 128,000 people attended the event who vowed to campaign for the party’s candidates in 2016.  The UBJP will only field candidates for the regional positions vis-à-vis members of the Bangsamoro Parliament in 2016 synchronized elections.
MILF chieftain Al Haj Murad  Ebrahim is the party’s President and Chairman with four vice chairmen.
Dureza stressed that Congress has the power to extend the transition period beyond 2016 by incorporating such provision in the approved version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

 “If we don’t give the MILF longer time to mature and reform things in the Bangsamoro, they will not be able to compete in 2016 with the entrenched political leaders,” he said.