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Duterte launches new Bangsamoro Transition Commission

President Duterte, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza 
and GPH implementing panel chair Irene Santiago join the 
members of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition 
Commission for photo opportunity during the launching of 
the new BTC in Davao City Feb. 24. (davaotoday.com)

Davao City | February 25, 2017
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Road Duterte launched on Friday, February 24, the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Waterfront Insular Hotel here.

About a thousand Muslims witnessed the launching of the 21-member panel tasked to create amendments to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) crafted by the old BTC but failed to pass Congress last year.

The BBL is the basis for the creation of a new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, to replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The new BTC is given six months to finish the crafting of a new BBL which shall be submitted to the Office of the President for submission to the Congress.

Based on Executive Order No. 8, the commission shall be composed of 21 members to be appointed by the President.

Of the total membership, 11 including the chairperson shall be selected from the nominees of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and 10 are nominated by the government.

MILF nominee Ghazali Jaafar, the front’s vice chair will serve as BTC chair.

Other BTC members are Atty. Jose Lorena, Atty. Maisara Dandamun Latiph, former BTC chairperson Mohagher Iqbal, Abdulrauf Macacua, Ibrahim Ali, Atty, Hussin Amin, Samira Gutoc, Datu Mussolini Lidasan, Haron Abas, Raissa Jajurie, Said Shiek, Dr. Susana Anayatin, Romeo Saliga, Hatimil Hassan, Hussein Muñoz, Melanio Ulama, Gafur Kanain, Atty. Firdausi Ismail Yahya Abbas, Atty. Omar Yaser Sema, and Ammal Solaiman.

President Duterte said the Moro people should unite and work hard for the attainment of a lasting peace while he who comes from Mindanao and with Maranao bloodline is the president.

He said if the Moro problem is not solved during his presidency, then no president can solve it.

It is said that Duterte hailed from the Maranao Samporna Clan in Baloi of Lanao del Norte, and Wato of Lanao del Sur.

Duterte urged the new BTC members to do their task well and that the BTC should just present an acceptable output and he will spearhead it implementation. "I am urging BTC to navigate hindrances and obstructions and find way to peace. I will ask the Filipinos to vote for it," he said.

Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza said that the launching is a milestone of the Bangsamoro peace process.

"Today is a milestone, that has been promised. We have a golden opportunity. Now if we lose this (opportunity), it will be forever lost, we have to strike now. We call on members of BTC to come together using the experience and competency to craft a law which the congress will approve," he said.

Dureza added that aside from BTC, bigger tables will also be given importance for a more inclusive Bangsamoro. "Road to peace is not a smooth, if we stay on the course we will get there," Dureza said. TNRS

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