GPH, MILF settle differences on draft BBL

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Friday, August 15, 2014


THE Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have finally threshed out issues on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III for his approval.

"The parties have agreed that the resolutions arrived at by both parties will be incorporated into the final draft of the Basic Bangsamoro Law that will be prepared and submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III," Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chairman Mohagher Iqbal said in a joint statement issued on Friday.

In the statement, Ochoa and Iqbal said they have concluded discussions on the various issues involving the draft BBL, which was originally drafted by the BTC and submitted to the President last April.

Aside from the government and MILF peace panels, the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process, the Office of the Executive Secretary, and the Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel also participated in the discussions.

The BBL was scheduled to be submitted to Congress last May but the Palace review and other developments have delayed its submission.

Once the President submits the draft BBL to Congress, he will certify it as an urgent bill. (SDR/Sunnex)

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