Transition body to draft Bangsamoro law now operational

THE Transition Commission (TranCom) that will draft the Bangsamoro basic law is now operational with the appointment of its 15 members, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said Monday.

President Benigno Aquino III has named Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel head Mohagher Iqbal to head the TransCom with seven members coming from the government and eight from the MILF.

"Now that the commission is operational with the appointment of its full membership, the mechanism to move forward on the roadmap set by the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) is firmly in place," said Deles.

The newly-appointed commission draws its membership from various ethnic, professional and political backgrounds from within the Bangsamoro, and is further imbued with gender and generational balance, she said.

This manifests the commitment of the Aquino administration in upholding inclusivity in the peace process, she added.

The TransCom is primarily tasked with drafting the Bangsamoro basic law, which will be enacted by Congress and, thereafter, ratified through plebiscite by the residents of the envisioned core territory.

Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said that in the first month of the TransCom, it will have to define its rules and procedures, organize its financial and logistical systems, and map out its work plan.

It will need to spell out in even finer detail the various provisions in the FAB annexes, she said, stressing that the commission "will need to work together as a team, collaboratively drawing on each other’s wisdom and goodwill."

It will need to seek expert advice, and constantly engage Congress through supportive individual members, the leadership and relevant committees, Ferrer said.

"With its members representing diverse sectors in society, and through various modes of consultations with the people, we are confident that the TransCom will be able to weave together the complex concerns and plural perspectives of the different stakeholders into a meaningful whole," she said.

The government panel will be working closely with the TransCom in all ways and means that shall be mutually agreed upon, she added.

Senator Franklin Drilon had said lawmakers in the 16th Congress will focus on the proposed bill to be forwarded by the commission. (SDR/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)
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