GPH, MILF ink joint communication plan to support BBL passage

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The Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vow to further strengthen the campaign to make the people understand the importance of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Earlier, a joint communications plan was signed between Government of the Philippines (GPH) Implementing Panel Chair for Bangsamoro Irene Santiago and Chairman Mohager Iqbal of the MILF.

Under this agreement, the government and MILF will have a single mission and manner in making the public understand the BBL.

They believe it would help urge lawmakers to pass the proposed law.

This has been the third time the government and the MILF reached an agreement, which both sides see as another milestone.

“At least two milestone agreements have already been signed by the two parties. First was the terms of preference for the peace implementing panel . . . and recently last month the two parties also signed the protocol cooperation on Anti- Illegal Drug Operation and related activities in MILF areas,” said by MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal.

Santiago added, “We hope that the bill is passed by the first quarter of 2018. 120 days after that we should hold the plebiscite . . . After it is ratified the ARMM ( Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) is dissolved and the Bangsamoro Transiton Authortiy.”

Iqbal and Santiago hope that the BBL will soon be passed especially since President Rodrigo Duterte and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel  themselves hail from Minandao, and understand the situation of Filipinos there.

It can be recalled that President Duterte mentioned in his previous State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he would support the passage of the new draft BBL.

The BBL is a law that would form the Bangsamoro entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.

It is expected to resolve the problems of the Bangsamoros in the Southern part of the Philippines..

The previous administration had pushed for its passage, but failed following the botched Mamasapano encounter that led to the deaths of 44 PNP SAF members. –Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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