****, MNLF unite to form draft of new Bangsamoro law

  • **** and MNLF are set to create a new proposal for a Bangsamoro law
  • The proposal will be drafted on a “Moro convention” in July
  • The Muslim groups plan to present the proposal to Duterte within the year

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (****) and its breakaway group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have united in a mission to create a draft of a new proposed Bangsamoro Law.

ABS-CBN said in a story published late evening on June 19 that leaders of the two prominent rebel groups in the South said the proposal to be crafted will be presented to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte this year.

The proposal, InterAksyon said in an article, will be created in a “Moro convention” happening next month.

**** Chairman Abul Khayr Alonto said the leaders of both the **** and the MNLF foresee that their proposed law will bring “lasting peace to this country.”

He also said that he is positive this proposal will finally bring “a final resolution to the Mindanao conflict.”

Last weekend, the two Muslim groups have expressed their support to the incoming Duterte administration and its plans to shift to a federal type of government. Duterte met with Alonto and **** heads, Chairman Murad Ebrahim and Vice Chairman Ghadzali Jaafar last Friday.

“The **** and MNLF are united with the President-elect,” Manila Bulletin quoted Alonto in its June 18 story.

Alonto said the meeting at Hotel Elena that Friday was a “brother-to-brother” discussion.

“It (federalism) is acceptable to all parties concerned and to all the stakeholders in Mindanao, particularly the Bangsamoro and the national cultural communities,” Alonto said.

Lawmakers earlier said that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which creates an autonomous Bangsamoro region and effectively replacing the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), is not needed when the country shifts to a federal form of government.

Federalism sets each region as an independent state, living from its own earnings and resources, compared to a unitary form of government which the Philippines is currently employing.

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