From the Philippine Star (Aug 18): Troops find slain NPA member's body in Compostela
The body of an unidentified New People’s Army (NPA) member was recovered in Maco, Compostela Valley a day after an encounter between government troops and the rebels.
1Lt. Vergel Lacambra, civil-military operations officer of the Army’s 66th battalion, said the cadaver was recovered last Saturday by local officials at Purok 5 in Barangay Gubatan.
“The cadaver was found by a civilian in the encounter site abandoned by the rebel group after the intense firefight with the government operating troops,” Lacambra said in a statement issued Monday.
“The troops immediately asked the assistance of the local officials for the transport of the cadaver from Barangay Gubatan,” he added.
The body of the slain rebel was brought to Landa Funeral Homes for proper burial.
Lacambra said soldiers were in the area to conduct security operations after a cache of high-powered firearms was discovered inside a house last week.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview by DZRB that, “It is in view of the timetable set by the government for the elections of officials of the Bangsamoro Political Entity to coincide with the 2016 elections”.
“Bibigyan ito ng Pangulo ng prayoridad na atensyon upang maihain sa Kongreso ang draft Bangsamoro Basic Law sa lalong madaling panahon, alinsunod sa roadmap at timetable para sa ganap na pagtatatag ng Bangsamoro Trasitional Assembly, at ang paghahalal ng mga opisyal ng Bangsamoro Political Entity kasabay sa pambansang halalan sa 2016,” he said.
This means that by the first quarter of 2015, a Bangsamoro Transitional Assembly should already be in place.
“Ito ay magaganap kung makapapasa sa plebisito ang Bangsamoro Basic Law na inaasahan din nating ipapasa ng ating Kongreso. So mula po doon sa ultimate goal sa 2016, doon po ‘yung pagtataya ng mga timeline na atin pong tinitingnan,” Coloma said.
The GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace panels ended their workshops on August 10, the contents of the draft BBL crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) but diluted by Malacañang legal team.
In a joint statement, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and BTC Chair Mohagher Iqbal said: “The parties have agreed that the resolutions arrived at by both parties will be incorporated into the final draft Basic Bangsamoro Law that will be prepared and submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III.”
The BBL is an urgent measure that Malacañang asked Congress to give priority among other urgent bills.
“Prayoridad na programa ang nais na maipasa sa hanay ng kasaysayan na makapagtatag tayo ng Bangsamoro Political Entity… Deka-dekada na ang lumipas at binibilang doon sa pagpupunyagi na makamit ‘yung kaunlaran sa Kamindanawan, at isang malaking bahagi nito ‘yung estabilidad at kaayusan at kaunlaran doon sa lugar na sinasakupan ng Bangsamoro,” Coloma said.