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Gov’t to deal separately with Misuari

Posted On Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:29

As the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) takes effect, the government is set to form a separate five-member panel to deal with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction of chairman Nur Misuari.

MB FILE—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (2nd L) walks beside Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari (2nd R) at the Malacanang Palace on November 3, 2016. An influential leader of the Philippines' decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency voiced support November 3 for peace efforts after rebellion charges against him were suspended and he held a surprise meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

MB FILE—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (2nd L) walks beside Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari (2nd R) at the Malacanang Palace on November 3, 2016.
An influential leader of the Philippines’ decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency voiced support November 3 for peace efforts after rebellion charges against him were suspended and he held a surprise meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza, in an interview, emphasized that Congress will be the one to reconcile and harmonize the drafts of an enabling law to be completed by the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the inputs coming from Misuari side.

He said Misuari will play a key role in the crafting of the enabling law for the creation of the Bangsamoro entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“You know the dynamics on the ground. We will take it one step-at a time. ‘Pag dumating sa Congress, diyan na ang convergence, harmonization, iba-iba ang inputs. When you file different bills in Congress and they pertain to one subject matter, they will reconcile two versions and come out with one. Hopefully, that’s where the convergence will take place,” he said.

Dureza said they will look into the 42 consensus points made during the tripartite review on the 1996 Final Peace Agreement with the MNLF as well as the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the ARMM law to prevent creating “factional laws.”

“Now, they have come up with 42-consensus points, iyong parang amendatory bill to enhance the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) Law. They will input all of these together to amend ARMM Law, the BTC (Bangsamoro Transition Committee) will come up with another law to replace the ARMM Law,” he said.

While Misuari group will be dealt with separately, Dureza hopes the two Moro groups reconcile “while in the process of dealing with them.” He also hopes to submit the draft law to Congress by July 2017.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Monday the executive order creating the 21-member BTC—11 members, including the BTC chair, for MILF and 10 for the GPH.

“BTC is off to a fresh start start ato come up with enabling law. We will engage Nur, listen to his inputs,” he said.

The MNLF faction of Muslimin Sema will get three seats, he said.

Dureza said the new Bangsamoro entity that will replace the ARMM once the enabling law is passed will be pilot for a federal set-up.

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