No final Bangsamoro bill yet after GPH-MILF meeting in Malaysia

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Friday, July 11, 2014


THE Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels have failed to come up yet with a final draft of the Bangsamoro bill that will be submitted to Congress during their four-day special meeting in Malaysia that ended on Friday.

In a joint statement signed by GPH peace panel head Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and her MILF counterpart, Mohagher Iqbal, both panels, however, said that they have achieved "modest progress" on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as they vowed to continue their meeting in Manila.

"The panels, during the four-day meeting, discussed the contents of the draft Basic Law as submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and reviewed by the legal team of the Office of the President. They achieved modest progress and identified consensus language in the light of signed agreements," the joint statement said.

"They resolved to continue working together to come up with a mutually acceptable draft Bangsamoro Basic Law," it added.

The statement said the meeting provided the panels the opportunity to clarify "misperceptions and affirm the intent and sincerity of the parties to abide by the signed agreements."

The panels agreed to continue discussions on specific concerns in Manila within the next few days.

They recognize the importance of these discussions in order to ensure that the draft law would be submitted to Congress at the soonest possible time.

The GPH and the MILF peace panels held a special meeting after the BTC, the agency mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law, issued a resolution elevating to the panels for clarification and resolution the outstanding issues on the draft Basic Law.

Members of the BTC, as well as the International Contact Group, were present to observe the discussions.

The meeting was hosted and facilitated by Tengku Dato' Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed, the Malaysian facilitator for the peace negotiations.

The panels thanked the public for their continued support towards the common objective of bringing a just resolution to the conflict in Mindanao. (SDR/Sunnex)

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