ARMM governor wants new blood to lead Bangsamoro

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2018 12:17 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2019 01:49 PM

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MANILA - ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman on Wednesday said he will not take part in a transition authority that will supervise the creation of a new Muslim region with wider self-rule under the proposed Bangsamoro law.

"Talagang nag-decide ako na bumitaw na ako kasi matagal-tagal na ako dito sa ARMM government, para mapagbigyan din ang bagong leadership," Hataman told radio DZMM, adding that he may defer running for office under the Bansamoro region that will replace ARMM.

(I've decided to let go because I have been with the ARMM government for a long time and so that I can give way for the new leadership.)

Congress has ratified the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law, paving the way for President Rodrigo Duterte, the first Chief Executive from Mindanao, to sign it into law.

The Bangsamoro Law is one of the requirements under a 2014 peace agreement between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's largest Muslim rebel group.

Hataman urged the MILF to make good on its promise to decommission its forces after the establishment of the Bangsamoro region. He said the armed conflict has been blamed by the United Nations and World Bank for stumping economic growth in the south.

He also encouraged the government to further clarify the powers that will be devolved to the Bangsamaro government in the organic law's implementing rules and regulations.

"Talagang masaya kami na naipasa ito [sa Konreso] dahil sawang-sawa na rin ang ating mga kababayan dito sa malawakang conflict," the governor said.

"Kung hindi man perpektong solusyon itong bagong organic law, tinitingnan nating malaking bagay at malaking tulong ito sa pagkamit ng kapayapaan sa dakong ito," he added.

(We are jubilant that this has hurdled Congress because we are fed up with widespread conflict. Even if this new Organic law is an imperfect solution, we view this as a big help to achieving peace in these parts.)

The Bangsamoro region will be 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.

The region will receive a block grant a block grant of 5 percent of the national internal revenue amounting to at least P60 billion to P70 billion a year.