Surrender of arms to be observed in Bangsamoro Basic Law — Palace PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 February 2014 14:34

A Malacanang official on Friday assured that the laying down of arms of rebel groups will be among the agreements contained in the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

“In essence, the principles of DDR (Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration) are being observed,” said Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a statement.

“The concept of decommissioning includes laying down arms and transforming an erstwhile armed force into social movement within a larger polity,” he said.

Coloma also explained that the Bangsamoro political entity is envisioned to become an integral component of the Republic of the Philippines.

“The Bangsamoro people are part of the Filipino nation,” he said.

Last Thursday, President Benigno S. Aquino III urged the Bangsamoro Transmission Commission (BTC) to fast-track the completion of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensure its passage and ratification to allow them enough time to complete the transition task in time for the 2016 elections.

President Aquino also asked the BTC to be transparent to reach out to different sectors including those initially resistant to the new political entity and assured them of the national government’s full support.