Rival Muslim rebel groups to craft new peace law: Dureza

Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 28 2016 10:16 AM | Updated as of Jul 28 2016 11:05 AM

Jesus Dureza. File Photo.

MANILA - Rival Muslim rebel factions will come together to craft a new law to implement a two-year-old agreement to end four decades of fighting in the south under a peace roadmap that was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, his peace adviser said.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Moro National Liberation Front, representatives of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and indigenous people will make up the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will craft the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said.

The MILF will have eight seats in the 15-member BTC, with the remaining seven seats distributed among the other groups, who will bring to the table the 1996 MNLF peace deal and the ARMM law, Dureza said.

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the MILF was not full implemented by Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino, after the deaths of 44 police commandos in an anti-terrorism raid stalled debates for implementing legislation, the BBL.

"We will task them to first unite, go come together and craft another enabling law that will replace the BBL. I think this is the next best thing we can do," Dureza said.

The roadmap" for peace in Mindanao was approved by Duterte during a National Security Council meeting on Wed and has received a "positive" response from MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Dureza said.

"The way forward is for us to assure all these with whom we signed agreements, the MILF, the MNLF, that this administration is committed to implement all signed agreements," Dureza said.

"And because the CAB is the most recent, it will be the mechanism of the CAB will set in motion, in order to restart where we left off because the BBL is not approved by Congress," he said.