COTABATO CITY – Sangguniang Panglungsod of Marawi City approved Wednesday, Jan. 20, a resolution supporting the Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s (BTA) push for transition period’s three-year extension.
Resolution No. 058-01 states that the local government of Marawi City believes “with trust and confidence in the capacity of the BTA to fulfil its mandate”, adding further that the extension will afford the BTA sufficient time to continue performing its powers and functions and complete its mandate.
The resolution also proposed Marawi City’s representation to the BTA, considering that it is one of the major cities of BARMM, and that the city is still under rehabilitation following Marawi Siege in 2017.
In another resolution approved Tuesday, Jan. 19, Lanao del Sur’s league of municipalities also manifested its support to extend the transition period.
LDS Governor Mamintal Alonto-Adiong, Jr. said in a statement that the provincial government supports the Bangsamoro Government’s endeavours for the common good of the region.
“We would like to assure the Bangsamoro Government that we are one with you in the aspirations for self-determination and moral governance,” the governor said.
Adding to the list of supporters was the Christian for Peace Movement (CFPM) which believed that “building the foundations for an inclusive and accountable autonomous government cannot be done in just three years.”
In a statement released Jan. 17, CFPM recognized that “there are still substantial deliverables that need to be accomplished in the normalization track of the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro (CAB) such as decommissioning, camp transformation, and transitional justice and reconciliation.”
The BTA passed a resolution November 17 last year urging Congress to extend the transition period by another three years. [Related Story: BTA backs transition extension to properly implement agreements]
To date, at least five bills supporting BTA’s resolution have been filed in Congress. The authors are Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, Maguindanao Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu, Lanao del Norte Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo, House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, and Deputy Speaker Isidro Ungab of Davao City. (Bangsamoro Information Office)