From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 18): Duterte backs creation of genuine political entity for Moro people in Mindanao
Consistent to his policy to address historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro people in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte vowed to aggressively push to for the creation of a genuine political entity to fulfill the self-determination aspiration of the Moros.
“I will support and husband this instrument as it goes in the legislation for its consideration,” President Duterte vowed as he received the proposed draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in Malacanan on Monday.
Duterte, who hailed from Mindanao, expressed his commitment to shepherd the bill as it undergoes the legislative mill in congress.
"There will be no objections of the provisions of all that is consistent with the constitution and aspirations of the Moro people.”
“I am for this, within the context of the Republic of the Philippines, there shall be a Bangsamoro country,” he vowed.
The President said the event “marks a new milestone in our history that stand as proof of our resolve to set aside our differences and stand united to achieve a common goal of peace.”
The BBL is the legal foundation of the future Bangsamoro government in Mindanao that will replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The bill is part of the political track of the peace deal - Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro - signed between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2014.
The basic law aims to provide a genuine political power for the Bangsamoro people to govern over their ancestral lands in Mindanao. The marginalization of the Moros over their territories is one of the root causes of the rebellion that is besetting Mindanao for decades.
The 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) after working overtime in the span of four months.
BTC chair Ghadzali Jaafar described the new draft as an “enhance” version from the previous one which failed to pass in Congress.
He said provisions of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have been included in the new draft.
The BTC has at least three members of the MNLF.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel earlier said that they aim to enact the bill within the year
President Duterte said the passage of the bill “is a significant step forward in our quest to end centuries of hatred, mistrust, and injustice that caused and affected the lives the millions of Filipinos.”