Peace panel member optimistic on Bangsamoro Law

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


NATIONAL Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) commissioner Mehol Sadain, who sits as a Government Peace Panel (GPH) member, has expressed optimism the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will be enacted on or before President Benigno Aquino III ends his term by 2016.

Sadain issued the statement as he conducted Saturday a forum on the peace process with a group of local newsmen in one of the hotels in this city.

Sadain said he is optimistic it will realize since the Transition Commission tasked to draft the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law “made that commitment” when they visited Thursday the President in Malacañang.

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The Transition Commission (TC), which was appointed by the President, comprises of 15 members chaired by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal.

The MILF peace panel has nominated eight of the 15 members, while the remaining seven was nominated by the GPH.

“I am sure they are going to honor their commitment,” Sadain said.

He said the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, once completed, will be submitted by the Transition Commission to President Aquino, who will send it to Congress for enactment into a law.

He said the proposed law will be subjected to deliberation like the usual deliberation a bill undergoes before it becomes a law.

The GPH have intensified the information campaign to inform the public on the development on the peace process.

“We are stretching out our resources in reaching out to as many people as possible to be able to explain to them about the peace process,” Sadain said.

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