President Duterte receives new BBL draft a week before his SONA

President Duterte also urged to certify the draft BBL as urgent bill

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A week before his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte received the new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) prepared by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), which aims to pursue peace and order in Mindanao. The BTC submitted the draft a month after they have completed it.

The 21-member BTC, chaired by Ghazali Jaafar has representatives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza said the completion of the final version of the proposed Moro law was "another historic milestone" that aims to achieve sustainable peace and development in the country. With the said accomplishment, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to aggressively push to for the creation of a genuine political entity to fulfill the self-determination aspiration of the Moros.  

"The draft Bangsamoro Basic law embodies our shared aspiration of a peaceful, orderly, and harmonious nation. After the age of armed struggle and violence, we will soon come up with the constitutionally consistent, legal document that will lay the foundation to establishing the real and lasting peace in Mindanao," President Duterte said.  Duterte, the first President from Mindanao, promised during the 2016 presidential campaign to pass the BBL if he would be elected.

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 (CAB) - signed between the government and the MILF in 2014.

The proposed law will give flesh to the CAB and establish a Bangsamoro entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The first draft measure for the Bangsamoro people was not passed in the 16th Congress.

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 new draft BBL crafted by the BTC consists of 114 pages and 18 articles.

Here is the draft of the 2017 proposed BBL:

 

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