Thursday, January 31, 2013

Deles eyes 'balanced' composition of Bangsamoro TransCom

From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) (Jan 31): Deles eyes 'balanced' composition of Bangsamoro TransCom

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles on Wednesday said that the composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (TransCom), a body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law as provided in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), “shall have gender, ethnic and generational balance.”

“This is to ensure that voices of all Bangsamoro stakeholders, including women, indigenous peoples, and the youth, will be part of the TransCom that will craft the Basic Law,” she stated.

Once drafted, the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be certified urgent by the President and submitted to Congress for passage. It will undergo a plebiscite in the envisioned core territory of the Bangsamoro. Upon ratification, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is deemed abolished, according to the FAB.

Deles related that the Government of the Philippines (GPH) nominees to the TransCom have been processed by the Search Committee and are expected to be submitted to the President very soon. The MILF officially submitted their list of nominees to the GPH panel on the first day of the 35th Formal Exploratory Talks held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 21-25, 2013.

“The parties have already listed their nominees for the TransCom and their clearances along with their profiles will be submitted to the President,” Deles said.

GPH Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, during a video conference held over the weekend at Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process headquarters in Pasig City, spoke to reporters via live streaming from Kuala Lumpur and said that the TransCom is expected to be set up in the next few weeks.

“Very soon we’ll have the members of the Transition Commission announced and duly appointed, and they can start working together on their mandate,” she said.

Last December, President Benigno Aquino III signed Executive Order 120 which paves the way for the creation of the TransCom tasked to craft the Bangsamoro Basic Law as provided in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).

Coronel-Ferrer related that “in this sense, both parties recognize that the implementation of the FAB has started.”

The FAB, which received enormous support from various sectors, was welcomed by both Congress and Senate through Resolutions No. 2971 and 922, respectively.

Both resolutions expressed support to the establishment of the TransComm, saying that ”The FAB also provides for the empowerment of the Bangsamoro people by creating the space for their meaningful participation in the process of enacting the Bangsamoro Basic law through the creation of the Transition Commission.”

During the 35th round of formal exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur, the GPH and the MILF peace panels as well as Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohammed extended their profuse thanks and gave a big round of applause to North Cotabato Representative Jesus N. Sacdalan who served as an observer during the said round. Sacdalan, along with Tupay Loong of Sulu, Simeon Datumanong of Maguindanao and Acmad Tomawis of Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino partylist, introduced Congress Resolution No. 2971 which expressed “support to the 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the MILF and its implementation, including the creation of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.”

Further, they thanked Senator Teofisto Guingona who expressed the same support by sponsoring Senate Resolution No. 922.

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