GPH nominees' names for Bangsamoro TransCom readied

February 1, 2013 10:54 pm 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Feb. 1 –- Names of government nominees for the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (TrasCom) have been submitted to the Search Committee for processing before the list is submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III for approval, according to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quinto-Deles.

“The parties have already listed their nominees for the TransCom and their clearances along with their profiles will be submitted to the President,” Deles said.

Once it is formed the TransCom will craft the Bangsamoro Basic Law as provided for in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed Oct. 15, 2012.

Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the peace panel of the Government of the Philippines negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said the TransCom is expected to be set up in the next few weeks.

“Very soon we’ll have the members of the Transition Commission announced and duly appointed, and they can start working together on their mandate,” Ferrer said.

The GPH and the MILF peace panels are expected to meet in Kuala Lumpur this month for their 36th formal exploratory talks.

Deles said the composition of the TransCom “shall have gender, ethnic and generational balance.”

“This is to ensure that voices of all Bangsamoro stakeholders, including women, indigenous peoples, and the youth, will be part of the TransCom that will craft the Basic Law,” she said.

Once drafted, the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be certified urgent by the President and submitted to Congress for passage.

Deles said there will be a plebiscite in the envisioned core territory of the Bangsamoro.

Upon ratification, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is deemed abolished, as provided for in the FAB.(PNA)

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