MILF vice chairman happy over BOL ratification

Published July 24, 2018, 6:31 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Francis Wakefield

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar Tuesday said that he is happy that the House of Representatives (HoR) has finally ratified the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) following a one day delay.

In an interview, Jaafar said now that both houses of Congress have ratified the law, it’s up to President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately sign it.

The BOL was supposed to be signed by President Duterte before his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday but this was derailed when the Lower House failed to ratify it.

This after a change in leadership at the Lower House installed former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) as the new Speaker of the House.

“Syempre masaya kami, masaya tayo kasi tiyak naman lalagdaan ito ng mahal nating pangulo (Of course we are happy, I am happy because I’m sure our beloved president will sign it),” Jaafar said.

“Iyan po ang isinusulong niya, iyung maitayo yung Bangsamoro Government at ‘yun kanyang pangako hindi po binitiwan yan (That’s what he has been promoting, to build the Bangsamoro Government and that promise has been kept). At matitiyak ko rin ‘yung mga kababayan natin, mga kapatid ko sa ground masaya sila ngayon (And I’m sure our countrymen, my brothers on the ground are also happy),” he added.

Jaafar said the ratification by the Congress of the Philippines of the BBL or BOL would mean the establishment for them of a Bangsamoro Government that will ensure a just and dignified peace in their place.

He said they expect President Duterte to immediately sign the BOL.

The Senate on Monday ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee version of the Bangsamoro law, known as the “Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.”

The Bangsamoro Organic Law is part of the political track of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) – a peace deal that was signed between the government and the MILF in 2014.

The law will strengthen the current autonomy set-up for the Moros in Mindanao, giving them more control over their resources and political power over the new Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

 
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