BTC signs draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: 11 yes, 2 with reservations, 2 absent

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 20 April) –  The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was finally completed by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the end of a four-hour plenary session on Sunday afternoon with 13 commissioners signing although two with reservations, and two commissioners absent.

The plenary was scheduled for 1 p.m. but started at 2 p.m. with only 13 of the 15-member Commission present.

Commissioners Johaira Wahab, chair of the Committee on Transitory Provisions, Amendments, Revisions and Miscellaneous Matters, and Fatmawati Salapuddin of Sulu were absent. Both commissioners could not be reached for comment.

Commissioners Froilyn Mendoza representing the indigenous peoples, and Peter Eisma of Basilan signed with reservations.

While the commissioners were busy deliberating issues on amendments and revisions, fiscal autonomy, and police force, among others,  representatives of civil society groups picketed on the street outside the BTC office urging the commissioners to sign the BBL.

Representatives of the International Monitoring Team, Mayor Ramon Piang of Upi,  Mayor Abdullah Campong of South Upi,  Mayor Midpantao Midtimbang of Guindulungan town and board member Midtimbang and former Sultan Kudarat mayor Tocao Mastura and journalists were among those who witnessed the deliberations at the plenary.

The signing took place after 6 p.m. as members of the Commission spoke first before they signed the draft bill.

On April 14, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to the Office of the President in Malacanang a partial draft containing only the draft on Basic Rights, Culture, Social Justice and IP was submitted because only the report of the Basic Rights committee was adopted by the plenary in its entirety on April 13.

BTC chair Mohagher Iqbal, also chair of the MILF peace panel, told MindaNews that  Commissioner Raisa Jajurie has been tasked to deliver the signed draft to Malacanang. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)


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  • BruceInIloilo

    This article is incomplete.

    What are the reservations of the two commissioners? Why isn’t that information included in this article? Did the reporter even attempt to find out?

    Further what is the substance of the Basic Law? What does the document they sign say?

    Lastly, what’s the next step? Now that they have signed this law what happens next?

    Oh, and just for good measure, how about some background. What is this group? How long have they been meeting? Who appointed them?

    A news article should assume that their readers are ignorant. After all that is why people read newspapers — because they are ignorant and want to learn what is happening. A good news article gives them all the context and finds out key information. This is a poor article, equivalent to a bad press release.

    • ayawpagyabag

      ikaw ang di nagbasa ng maigi; read paragraphs 5 and 8 for an idea of the initial provisions that were already submitted; and about the group (BTC), you can google this site kung ano sila; andami ng article dito about them and the peace talks in general; wag naman masyadong spoon feeding; at hindi pa ito FINAL LAW, DRAFT PA LANG for the president’s endorsement to Congress; read second to last paragraph; it’s signed by the commission but still to be deliberated by congress

  • pedro

    what is the content of the bangsamoro basic law? are those basic rights mentioned are not being observed or practiced today or before the bangsamoro was signed?

  • pedro

    ang mga karapatan ba na sinasabi nyo gaya ng basic rights, cultural, at social justice ay pinagkakait ba ng gobyerno? sa tingin ko mga ma-impluwensyang tao dito sa maguindanao lang ang nagkakait nyan sa mga tao. sino ba ang mga namugot ng ulo sa midsayap? sino ba ang mga umatake at humarang sa mga national highways? sino ba ang mga nangingidnap? sino ba ang mga nagpapasabog ng mga ied? mga tao sa maguindanao mahihirap, pero mga datu at pulitiko puro HIGH END MGA SASAKYAN. MR PRESIDENT BKT HINDI IPA LIFE STYLE CHECK MGA PULITIKO DITO SA MAGUIINDANAO? Bakit hindi I-CHECK NG BIR KUNG NAGBABAYAD BA SILA NG TAMANG BUWIS. Sa lahat ng mga namatay at biktima, WALANG HUSTISYA, wala man lang follow up investigation.