MILF naming delegates to transition commission

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 25 2012 09:42 PM | Updated as of Dec 26 2012 05:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has started choosing its delegates for the transition commission that will write the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

In an article posted on the MILF website Luwaran on Monday, MILF secretariat chairperson Muhammad Ameen said one or two delegates to the 15-man commission will be named within three days.

The nominees include one woman, a member of the indigenous peoples (IP), an aleem (learned in Islam), and a senior military leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF).

Ameen said each nominee must have "loyalty and dedication to the Bangsamoro cause and capability to discharge the assigned task."

The MILF normally decides by selection and by concurrence of the leadership. The selection process is so strict that each nominee must receive the nod of all the members of the selection committee.

"Secret balloting or raising of hands or division of the house rule to elect someone into any office or to make decision is rarely followed, which is being viewed as divisive, confrontational, and adversarial," the article read.

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

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. It 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.