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Bangsamoro calls for ‘transition extension’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The Bangsamoro communities in Mindanao on Saturday urged President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to certify as urgent the immediate passage of Senate Bill 2025 extending the Bangsamoro Transition.

Datu Alan Balangi-Amer, President of One BANGSA Movement, an influential non-government organization (NGO) in Mindanao, said that Duterte could “certify” the bill as urgent to pave the way for the full implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
During the Senate hearing Thursday, the Commissions on Elections (COMELEC) reminded the lawmakers that only 37 days were left prior to the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the local and national elections starting October 1-8, 2021.
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Regions for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was eager to participate in the local and national elections, Balangi-Amer said.
In a press statement furnished The Manila Times here, Balangi-Amer said that the non-passage of Senate Bill 2025 would mean the absence of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code (BEC).
“Without the (BEC), the determination of the parliamentary districts in the BARMM could not be completed,” Balangi-Amer said.
He said that unless Duterte signed into law the extension of the Bangsamoro transition through Senate Bill 2025, the election for the first members of the BARMM Parliament would be unlikely.
It is in this context that the Bangsamoro communities appealed to President Duterte for the extension of the Bangsamoro transition before the filing of the (COC) in October so that the first member of the BARMM could be elected in the 2022 elections, Balangi-Amer said. -0-
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