GRP, MNLF legal panels reviewing RA 9054 propose amendments

November 10, 2010 10:27 am 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Nov. 10 — Both the legal panels of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have begun on Monday their five-day formal meeting to review the proposed amendments to Republic Act 9054, otherwise known as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The panels have been tasked to transform the common proposals between the two parties into legal form and to arrive at common grounds to move forward on the issues for further study.

Venue of the meeting is at the Indonesian embassy in Makati City.

The GRP panel is headed by Justice Undersecretary Leah Tanodra-Armamento with Regional Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo, Environment Assistant Secretary Anselmo Abungan and lawyer Ala-uya Ala of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as members.

Heading the panel is lawyer Randolph Parcasio with Umbra Jainal, former ARMM solicitor general, Yasser Lumbos, Ulka Ulama, Rexie Bugarin, Mohammad Ali Guro, and John Anthony Lim as members.

Under the present set-up, ARMM is composed of the provinces of Lanao, Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, and Maguindanao, and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan in Basilan.

The panels earlier discussed the set up of the Bangsamoro Development Assistance Fund (BDAF).

The tripartite monitoring of the implementation of the GRP-MILF peace pact was also taken up.

The output of the legal panel discussion will be reported in the next tripartite meeting.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Q. Deles thanked the Indonesian government for its continuous support to the peace process.

She assured that the Aquino administration will participate fully towards completing the 1996 Peace Agreement, saying “the government intends to be sincere to all the discussions.”

The legal panels were formed based on the agreement during the third tripartite meeting between the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), GRP and the MNLF held on March 13, 2009. (PNA)



Comments are closed.