The issue of policing has been considered the most contentious aspect of the Framework Agreement for the Bangsamoro. After all, this involves complex problems related to maintaining peace and order in Muslim provinces in Mindanao.
To provide a framework for the future structure of the Bangsamoro police force, the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed under the Framework Agreement to form an Independent Commission on Policing (ICP), which will submit recommendations on how the relationship between the Philippine National Police and Bangsamoro police should work.
The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on Wednesday, February 27, signed the terms of reference for the ICP during the 36th round of peace talks.
According to the document, the ICP will be composed of 7 members, with each side selecting:
- 1 local expert
- 1 representative
- 1 international expert
The chairperson will be selected by both parties.
Under its terms of reference, the ICP will not only provide "equal access to security and justice for all members of society" but also promote inclusiveness, as well as transparency and accountability.
The ICP is mandated to submit its final report within 6 months from its first meeting.