From the Philippine Star (Jan 31): PhL to constitute commission to draft Bangsamoro law
The government will form a "balanced" 15-man Transition Commission (TransCom),
which will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law for southern Muslim region, a senior
government official said today.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said that the
Commission "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 said.
Once drafted, the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be certified urgent by President
Benigno Aquino III 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 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), which
the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Muslim
rebel group in the country, signed in October last year.
Deles said that the government nominees to the TransCom have been processed
by the Search Committee and are expected to be submitted to the President very
The MILF officially submitted their list of nominees to the government peace
panel on the first day of the 35th Formal Exploratory Talks held in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia on Jan. 21-25, 2013.
Meanwhile, Philippine President Aquino has appointed Mehol Sadain, chairman
of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and former Elections commissioner
as a member of the government's negotiating panel with the Moro Islamic
Sadain will fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Miriam Coronel-Ferrer
as panel chairman. Ferrer was appointed head of the panel after chief negotiator
Marvic Leonen became Supreme Court justice.
There was no word so far on who will replace Sadain at the NCMF, an agency
attached to the Office of the President.
The MILF has been fighting government troops for decades to establish a
self-rule Muslim state in the south of the predominantly Catholic country.