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Joint statement of the GPH and the MILF: On the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Posted on 26 August 2014 by Zehlhez

The peace panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) today wrapped up 10 days of meetings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Discussions took place in plenary as well as in small groups focused on addressing specific issues such as fiscal autonomy and administration of justice. There were also inputs provided by resource persons coming from the Bangsamoro Development Agency, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Ateneo School of Government on the matter of development planning and budget transfers to the Bangsamoro.

The Panels have reached agreement on substantial portions of the document, and have developed a shared understanding of the remaining challenges and unsettled issues, which they will bring back to their principals for further guidance.

The Panels reiterated their commitment to finish an agreed draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by August 18, 2014, in sha Allah, in order to allow the Office of the President to submit the same to Congress as soon as possible.

The Panels express their appreciation to the members of the International Contact Group, the Third Party Monitoring Team, and Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed who observed, and to the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the Panel of Independent Lawyers who assisted.

The Panels also thank the members of Mindanao-based civil society organizations who visited and expressed their support and encouragement.

Done this 10th day of August of 2014 in Davao City.


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