By Julmunir i. Jannaral
The elusive peace gained in Mindanao, by virtue of the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), must be preserved. It is the legacy of the Duterte administration to Mindanao in particular and the country in general,” Abdulghani A. “Gerry” Salapuddin said.
Salapuddin who is the Administrator & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) based here in this city, emphasized that considering BARMM is a parliamentary system of government, in contrast to the presidential system of the national government, the autonomous region must be given sufficient time to complete the successful installation of its political structure and system of governance.
He added this can only be possible if the 7 enabling laws or Codes can all be enacted into law. So far, only the Administrative Code was enacted by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), he added.
According to Salapuddin, the six other codes like the Civil Service Code, Election Code, Local Government Code, Revenue Code, Indigenous and Customary Code and Trade and Investment Code have yet to be enacted into law to make the BARMM parliamentary system fully functional and operational.
Salapuddin who was a former member of Congress representing the Lone District of Basilan and became also the House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao, and happened to be the principal author of R.A. 9054: The Amended Organic Act of the ARMM, stressed in behalf of the SPDA, “I would like to appeal to both Chambers of Congress to pass the amendatory law to extend the term of the transition period to at least 6 years, as provided for in the Dimaporo Bill.”
Finally, Salapuddin who is also a “mujahideen” and a Senior Leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) also said “I would like to appeal to the leadership of the BARMM as headed by Chief Minister Ahod “Al Hajj Murad” Ebrahim to equitably share the resources and positions in the autonomous region, with special attention to the BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi) Islands.
The SPDA administrator & CEO also further emphasized that unity and solidarity can only be attained if there is truly #INCLUSIVITY as provided in R.A. 11054. JIJ