Leonen: All stakeholders have a role within Bangsamoro peace framework

THE President would, as soon as practicable, issue an Executive Order creating the Transition Committee that would craft the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law for submission to Congress, government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen today assured lawmakers.

“The 15-member Transition Committee is inclusive enough to accommodate all vital stakeholders, including the Moro National Liberation Front,” Leonen said.

The government chief negotiator briefed lawmakers on the just signed framework peace agreement during a joint public hearing conducted by the House Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity chaired by Rep. Jesus Sacdalan (1st District, North Cotabato), Committee on Mindanao Affairs chaired by Rep. Arnulfo Go (2nd District, Sultan Kudarat), and Committee on Muslim Affairs chaired by Rep. Tupay Loong (1st District, Sulu).

“We are certainly awaiting the draft law creating Bangsamoro which must first be passed by Congress before it is submitted to the people in Mindanao for approval in a plebiscite,” Sacdalan, Go and Loong collectively said.

Leonen also revealed the national government’s intent to have in place the new Bangsamoro political entity within the term of President Aquino which ends in 2016.

“We hope to see the Bangsamoro in place within President Aquino’s term,” Leonen said.

Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III insinuated on the need for everyone’s patience as the nation join hands in the search for true peace.

“We can’t do things at once. We need the actual proposed basic law which the transition committee should craft in accordance with the agreed peace framework and the Philippine Constitution,” Tañada told reporters.

Tañada is also very confident that the intended creation of the Bangsamoro political entity would be in place within the remaining term of President Aquino until 2016.


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