No final version yet on Bangsamoro law

Posted at 08/10/14 7:40 PM

MANILA -- The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have reached an agreement only on “substantial portions” of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Sunday.

Nonetheless, the panels have “developed a shared understanding of the remaining challenges and unsettled issues, which they will bring back to their principals for further guidance," according to a joint statement.

The panels wrapped up on Sunday a series of meetings spanning 10 days to discuss the impasse in the draft law. Discussions focused on addressing specific issues such as fiscal autonomy and administration of justice.

“The panels reiterated their commitment to finish an agreed draft BBL by August 18, 2014, in sha Allah, in order to allow the Office of the President to submit the same to Congress as soon as possible,” the joint statement read.
The draft BBL was supposed to have been submitted to Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address last July 28.

The MILF complained, however, that Malacanang introduced changes that deviated from the essence of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

The BBL would pave the way for the establishment of an entity that would replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.