Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmahtullahi Taala Wa Barakatuh.
The Bangsamoro Government welcomes the approval of House Bill 10121, on its third and final reading, that seeks to reset the first regular election in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region from 2022 to 2025 and consequently extend the transition period. This progress puts us in a better position to ensure that the provisions and agreements in the GPH-MILF peace process are properly implemented.
The extension of the transition period will allow the interim Bangsamoro Government to pour in all its efforts in establishing an institution that acknowledges the circumstances of the Bangsamoro, and will provide opportunities for everyone to take part in reshaping our homeland.
I thank our dear friends in the House of Representatives led by Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, and Majority Floor Leader Martin Romualdez for believing in this cause. Our sincere gratitude similarly goes to all the members of the House who supported this measure.
We are also grateful to our dear President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for reassuring the success of the Bangsamoro peace process. With his certificate of urgency, we are optimistic that the bicameral conference will go smoothly and a final version of this proposal will immediately pass into law.
We also thank our dear constituents, those in favor and those who dissent, for taking part in this process and for our shared prayers for a better Bangsamoro. Most of all, none of these would be possible without the Guidance and Grace of the Almighty Allah — Alhamdulillah.
We are almost there, my dear Bangsamoro.
Thank you so much and Wassalam.