Press Release
July 20, 2018

Gatchalian commends MILF, MNLF for bicam approval of Bangsamoro Law

Senator Win Gatchalian on Friday commended the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for their contributions to making the historic Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) a reality.

"We recognize the sacrifices of the MILF and MNLF and we thank them for their patience and their willingness to set aside political differences for the sake of lasting peace in Mindanao," he said after the approval of the BOL by the bicameral conference committee.

Gatchalian said the inputs of both groups were vital in making sure the BOL was inclusive and would end all conflict with various secessionist factions.

"The support of both groups for the BOL means there is a greater chance for the new Bangsamoro region to succeed," he said.

The lawmaker from Valenzuela previously said the BOL will guarantee that the new Bangsamoro political entity will be a fertile ground for investment and inclusive economic development.

"Peace always fosters greater economic development. When there are more economic opportunities, it will be easier for people to rise from poverty and be financially independent," he said.

The BOL was approved by the bicameral conference committee Wednesday night after six days of deliberations. It paves the way for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which will replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to ratify the BOL during the opening of the Third Regular Session on July 23.

President Rodrigo Duterte Duterte is expected to sign the bill into law before he delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) later that day.

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