MANILA - A lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law, which grants wider self-rule to the Muslim minority in the south, is "not a silver bullet" against the conflict-wracked region's problems.
The bill is among the requirements under a 2014 peace agreement between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's largest Moro rebel group.
Under the measure, the MILF will lead a transition authority that will supervise creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to replace ARMM.
Asked about the possibility of other Moro groups contesting MILF's leadership, Zamboanga Rep. Celso Lobregat said: "'Yan nga ay isang problema (That is a problem)."
"This is one step towards peace, but the basic law is not a silver bullet na pagpasa nito e magkakaroon ng kapayapaan (that will instantly create peace after it is passed)," he added.
"Marami pang ibang problema (there are many other problems), but at least, it will be a step in the right direction. We are hoping for the best, but we also have to level our expectations."
A bicameral conference approved Wednesday the Bangsamoro Organic Law, paving the way for President Rodrigo Duterte to sign it into law.
The law will funnel into the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region 5 percent of the national internal revenue amounting to at least P60 billion to P70 billion a year.
The region headed by a chief minister and 2 deputy ministers, to be elected from the parliament – half of which will be political party representatives while 40 percent are district representatives and 10 percent are sector representatives.