Duterte to Spend 10 days in Mindanao to Build Up Bangsamoro Framework

Duterte to Spend 10 days in Mindanao to Build Up Bangsamoro Framework

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No specific date was disclosed, however, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is set to fly to Mindanao and spend about ten days to firm up the Bangsamoro framework as what he mentioned during his brief speech before the oath-taking of his appointed officials held at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang last August 1, 2016, Monday.

“We will be going for the framework regarding the two factions,” Duterte said referring to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which the government has signed separate peace agreements with.

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), which is under Duterte peace roadmap and is composed of 15 members of which are all Moros, will be recreated making the seven government nominees in the Commission “more inclusive”. And according to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, the BTC will be tasked to draft a “more inclusive” enabling law to be filed with Congress and in lieu of the Bangsamoro Basc Law (BBL) that was not passed by the former Congress.

“I have to fix the … Mindanao issue. Tingnan ko ‘yung framework. I have to travel to Cotabato to talk again to [the MIILF] to hurry up. And I travel to Jolo to talk to Nur [Misuari],” said Duterte in the latter part of his speech mentioning that “maybe day after tomorrow and start to look into the firming up of the framework and if I have the time, I’ll just fly to Jolo [to meet Misuar] and to Murad (MILF chair) again to talk and I’ll just give them the firm commitments.”

It was in July 21, 2016 when Dureza met with Murad in Camp Darapanan of which both agreed that the formal resumption of the peace process will be held in the meeting of GPH-MILF Implementing Team early of August in Kuala Lumpur. To consist the joint implementing team are five representatives from the GPH and five from the MILF, of which to discuss the peace roadmap in line with the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and in convergence with the MNLF’s 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) and other sectors for a more inclusive Bangsamoro Peace roadmap. However, there’s no date set yet for the said meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

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