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P-Noy urges Transition Commission to fast-track Basic Law drafting; assures full support Posted on Friday, Jan 31st, 2014

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P-Noy urges Transition Commission to fast-track Basic Law drafting; assures full support

Posted on Friday, Jan 31st, 2014
Manila – President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday urged the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to “fast-track the completion of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to ensure its passage and ratification with enough time to complete the transition tasks in time for the 2016 elections.”
In a statement released by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles, she relayed that the President met with the members of the BTC who paid him a courtesy call in Malacanang.
“The meeting, which took place in a warm and relaxed atmosphere, gave the BTC the opportunity to update the President on the work they have been doing and the concerns they were trying to address,” said Deles who was also present in the meeting.
The BTC is the body created THRU EO 120 issued in December, 2012  to draft the BBL that will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region in 2016. It is composed of a total of 15 members appointed by the President, eight were recommended by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and seven were recommended by the GPH.
“To ensure the broadest possible support for the passage of the law, the President stressed the need for the BTC to be transparent in its work and to reach out to the different sectors, including those initially resistant to the new political entity,” added Deles.
Led by its chair Mohagher Iqbal, who also sits as chief negotiator of the MILF, the BTC members have been conducting consultations with various stakeholders.
Other commissioners include Maulana Alonto, Abdula Camlian, Raissa Jajurie, Said Shiek, Ibrahim Ali, Melanio Ulama, Hussein Munoz, Akmad Sakkam, Asani Tammang, Pedrito Eisma, Froilyn Mendoza, Johaira Wahab, Talib Benito, and Fatmawati Salappudin.
Full support
Deles also related that the President “assured the BTC of the full support of thenational government in terms of technical and political support, guidance and advice as well as budget.”
“He (Aquino) said he would give as much of his own time as necessary to gain support for this undertaking,” she stated‎.
“He expressed full confidence that, with everyone’s hard work and due diligence, the vote for the new law would be won,” added Deles.
Once drafted, the BBL will be certified as an urgent bill by the President, submitted to Congress for passage, and subjected to a plebiscite in the envisioned core territory of the  Bangsamoro. #




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