Transition Commission on Bangsamoro to meet April 3 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 April 2013 10:50

The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels will formally introduce to the public the 15-man member of the Transition Commission on April 3 during which the Transcom members will hold its first meeting.

Created by President Aquino through Executive Order 120, the Transcom is tasked to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will create the “New Autonomous Political Entity” to be called “Bangsamoro.”

The new entity will replace the 23-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which will have its last elections on May 13.

But the supposed three-year term of office of ARMM officials who will be elected next month will be cut short as soon as the Basic Law shall be passed by Congress and ratified by the people.

Chaired by MILF peace panel chair Mohaqher Iqbal, the Transcom will meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City.

In a press statement, President Benigno C Aquino III’s peace adviser Sec. Teresita Deles said: “We are pleased to announce that the first en banc meeting of the 15-member Transition Commission has been set in the first week of April”.

Earlier, the President requested the postponement of the March 25-27 exploratory talks to further study the remaining issues still to be resolved by both panels.

While the formal talks was suspended, both panels met in an executive meeting, also in Kuala Lumpur, and issued a joint press statement saying they agreed to meet on the second week of April.

Iqbal said the the supposed meeting of Transcom was scheduled last week but moved to first week of April in deference to the Holy Week celebration.

Of the 15-man Transcom, eight were recommended by the MILF while the rest were named by the government.

In announcing the composition of the Transcom, President Aquino said it was well represented, including indigenous peoples and women sector.