By JULIUS DISAMBURUN
COTABATO CITY: Member of Parliament Diamila Disimban-Ramos of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BTA-BARMM) called on Bangsamoro constituents to continue to support the current BARMM leadership.
MP Ramos, who was also a peace, women, and cooperative sector advocate, remembered how the Bangsamoro people rejoiced for the passage of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which provided for the establishment of the autonomous political entity known as the BARMM, replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Signed into law on July 26, 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte, the new Bangsamoro region has the high hopes of greater fiscal and political autonomy.
“That emotional moment was evident in the tears of the leaders who worked very hard to enact the law and of those in the Bangsamoro communities who never faltered to fight for the Bangsamoro Right to Self-Determination,” MP Ramos said.
It was a long journey during the 16th Congress when a proposed establishment of a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region was deliberated but failed to pass into law.
It was taken up once again during the 17th Congress and was ratified by the upper and lower house on July 23 and 24, 2018, respectively, before the bill was finally signed into law.
BOL provisions became effective on August 10 of the same year.
“We look back on that momentous event today with both pride and humility. We are proud of the significant milestone we have achieved and of the patience, perseverance, and endurance that came with such achievement,” Ramos said.
She emphasized that the BOL would not have been achieved without Allah’s will and guidance.
“We are humbled by the wisdom, courage, and strength Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala gave us. Indeed, we could not have achieved such milestone without Allah’s Divine Intervention. May we keep the faith and continue to uphold the cause of the Bangsamoro,” pointed out in a zoom interview with her by Turkey-based Moro International Students Association or MISA.
Meanwhile, last July 23, 2020, three priority codes of BARMM have entered the second stage of legislation in the BTA during the 41st plenary session of its Second Regular Session.
As stated in Article 16, Section 4 of the BOL, BTA is mandated to enact all of the priority codes such as the Bangsamoro Local Governance Code, Bangsamoro Administrative Code, and Bangsamoro Civil Service Code.