Monday, July 7, 2014

MILF: Malacañang returns to BTC overhauled draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

Posted to the MILF Website (Jul 7): Malacañang returns to BTC overhauled draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

A source privy to the GPH-MILF Peace Talks told leading national daily Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) on Saturday, July 5 that the Office of the President has returned to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) the draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) mangled by so many comments and revisions that practically nothing has been left unchanged in the original document.
The PDI quoting the source saying, “the comments and revisions, which comprised a thick pile of paper, reportedly veer away from the four annexes that are the heart and soul of the two parties’ peace agreement”.

Sought for comment by PDI, MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal confirmed that the Palace has returned the draft after its review, with a thick pile of comments. But Iqbal, also the BTC Chairman told the Inquirer in a text message that “we don’t discuss the content.”

Despite Malacañang’s review of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Iqbal said the situation was “not hopeless.” As of press time Government Chief Negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer has not commented on the issue.

The Bangsamoro Basic Law, if approved by Congress and ratified by the people, would pave the way for the establishment of a Bangsamoro new political entity.

In his brief closed-door meeting with President Aquino at Hiroshima, Japan on June 23, 2014, MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim told the president about the comments made on the draft BTC signed version of the basic law.

After the meeting, President Aquino vowed there would be a Bangsamoro autonomous region before he steps down in June 30, 2016.

Malacañang is expected to transmit the draft BBL to Congress on July 28 when it opens after President Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address.ñang-returns-to-btc-overhauled-draft-of-bangsamoro-basic-law

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