Saturday, December 12, 2015

Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission hands over Report to GPH, MILF Peace Panels

From the Website of MILF

Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission hands over Report to GPH, MILF Peace Panels

TJRC Chairperson Mo Bleeker in handshake with Chair Mohagher Iqbal to submit the official report of the TJRC Commission

The Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC), an independent commission created by the Government and MILF Peace Panels, has completed its work and submitted its official report to the two peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. 

The Normalization Annex under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) provides the creation of the TJRC ensuring the protection on the rights of the Bangsamoro anchored on mutual understanding, harmony and unity among the people.

TJRC Chair Mo Bleeker came in full force with the other members of the Commission to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission office to turn over the report to the MILF panel chair Mohagher Iqbal in the morning of December 9, 2015.

At the meeting chair Bleeker also sought permission of the two negotiating parties for the TJRC to have the report published, explaining that publishing the same will serve to inform the people and also guide policy making bodies in their decisions.

For his part, Chair Iqbal apprised the group of his personal agreement to the proposal and hoped that his counterpart in government, Prof. Miriam Ferrer-Coronel would agree to the publication of the report. 
It can be recalled that the TJRC was a part of the signed agreements and even made an important provision in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law pending enactment in the Congress of the Philippines. 

The TJRC has the mandate to undertake a study and make recommendations to address legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro, human rights violations, correct historical injustices and marginalization through land dispossession.  

It can also recommend immediate interventions for reconciliation, conflict prevention and the promotion of healing of physical, mental and spiritual wounds.

The other members of the Commission who came with Chair Mo Bleeker were Jonathan Sisson, senior adviser, Atty. Cecilia Jimenez representing the GPH and Atty. Ishak Mastura representing the MILF.