Bangsamoro panel may recommend changes to Constitution


Posted at Dec 18 2012 11:37 AM | Updated as of Dec 18 2012 07:39 PM


MANILA, Philippines - The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have taken the first step in the creation of the basic law for the Bangsamoro political entity.

President Benigno Aquino III issued on Monday Executive Order No. 120 creating the Transition Commission that will draft the law as provided in the Framework Agreement signed last October 15.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said the executive fiat “affirms the President’s resolve to move forward the peace process for the Bangsamoro as a strategic initiative for political stability and economic development.”

The government and the MILF shall come up with a list of candidates from among the Bangsamoro and other residents in the prospective core area of the new political entity. Aquino will then appoint 15 members.

The commission may also propose amendments to the Constitution.

“The aim is to install the Bangsamoro through a new organic act as soon as possible in order to have an elected Bangsamoro government by 2016,” said government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer. “This does not prevent the TC or its members from examining the constitution and recommending constitutional reforms.”

“However, the President has made clear that constitutional change is not his priority during his term,” Coronel-Ferrer added.

The commission has an initial budget allocation of P100 million.

The commission was also tasked to identify development programs together with the Bangsamoro Development Authority and the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute—two institutions affiliated with the MILF.