MILF’s Murad: Senate’s BBL ‘generally acceptable’

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Hadj Murad Ebrahim speaks in an interview with Mindanews insidet its main headquarters in Camap Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town of Maguindanao. Mindanews File Photo

The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on Monday said Senate Bill 1717, the substitute bill to the four versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) earlier filed, is “generally acceptable” to them.

“Generally, SB 1717 is already acceptable to the MILF… it is acceptable to us,” Murad told ANC’s Early Edition host Christian Esguerra.

Filed on February 28 by the Senate Committee on Local Governments after a series of public hearings, consultations and technical working group meetings, SB 1717 aims to create a Bangsamoro that will be parliamentary in form, with a Chief Minister as head of government, two deputy Chief Ministers, a Cabinet, and a Parliament of at least 80 members.

The bill, now up for plenary debates with the Senate eyeing passage before Congress takes a break from March 24 to May 13, replaced the four proposed Bangsamoro laws earlier filed, including the version submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body tasked to draft the BBL, composed of 11 representatives nominated by the MILF and 10 by government (GPH).

The Senate proposes fiscal autonomy for the Bangsamoro, a major problem in the past and present autonomous regions in the Moro-dominated areas. (MINDANEWS)