DAVAO CITY (February 22, 2019) – 80 interim-members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) took “oath of office” for the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) administered by President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday at Rizal Hall in Malacañang.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim has been appointed as the Chief Minister of the BTA, President Duterte announced in the ceremony.
80 members consists of 50% party representatives, 40% sectoral/district representatives, Ulama, youth, women, traditional leaders, non-Moro settlers and indigent people representatives.
39 officials of the government automatically a member of BTA and will working on the transition body until June 30, 2022. Aside from the incumbent officials of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Chief Executive appointed other 41 representatives including MILF Abdullah Macapaar known as “Commander Bravo.”
In opening ceremony, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Carlito Galvez stated, “the passage in eventual ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) by majority of the residence in region was concrete manifestation of peoples’ overwhelming support for the future of BARMM government.”
The BARMM consists of existing provinces of ARMM and the cities of Marawi, Lamitan, and Cotabato; and 63 villages in North Cotabato after BOL ratified when approved by a majority of the votes cast in the plebiscite held on January 21 and February 6 this year.
ARMM has been replaced by BARMM, a new granted region that has given more powers and fiscal autonomy.
The powers and functions of Bangsamoro Government been provided in the Republic Act. 11054, known as BOL, vested to the BTA during the transition period. ARMM Local Government Code and other existing laws still governed the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Netizens hope for the peaceful coexistence among Muslims, Christians and Lumad in new era of Bangsamoro region. (Deh I. Saaduddin)