MILF ‘not dismayed’ over non-ratification of BOL

Published July 23, 2018, 7:47 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Implementing Panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal said he is not disappointed over the Lower Chamber’s non-ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), as President Duterte himself vowed to immediately sign the peace measure once Congress transmits it to his desk.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jess Dureza, Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim, Chairman, Central Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, President Rodrigo Duterte, Ghazali Jaafar, chairman, Bangsamoro Transition Commission, and Mohagher Iqbal, chairman, MILF Peace Panel during the submission of the Bangsamoro Basic Law last July 17, 2017 in Malacanang. (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jess Dureza, Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim, Chairman, Central Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, President Rodrigo Duterte, Ghazali Jaafar, chairman, Bangsamoro Transition Commission, and Mohagher Iqbal, chairman, MILF Peace Panel during the submission of the Bangsamoro Basic Law last July 17, 2017 in Malacanang. (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The MILF leader said he is not bothered by the House’s failure to ratify the peace bill, which calls for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to replace the current Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“We are not dismayed. We are asking ourselves, what is happening? After we learned that everything is fine, after listening to the speech of the president, (we have been assured) that he will sign it after Congress transmits it,” Iqbal said.

Though, he said they are not receiving “any official word” from the House leadership as to whether the peace bill will be ratified tomorrow, July 24.

The House of Representatives adjourned session yesterday without ratifying the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) following the brewing talks to oust former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

During his speech at the opening of the third regular session, Alvarez said the Bangsamoro Organic Law “will be presented to the President for his consideration.”

“That piece of legislative document is a gift leap towards the promise of peace and prosperity, both of which have long eluded the island and the people of Mindanao,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez was unseated yesterday and replaced by former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

 
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