The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front (MILF) peace panels have agreed on more than 70 percent of the draft
Bangsamoro Basic Law, which was submitted to President Aquino on Wednesday
evening, a Palace official has said.
"The bulk of it has already been agreed upon by both panels. More than 70
percent have been agreed upon, so we are looking at a few provisions that
would still need the President’s observation," Presidential Spokesperson
Edwin Lacierda said in an interview in Malacañang on Friday.
Secretary Lacierda said the President has seen the draft and is going
“Hopefully, we will be able to see kung ano ang magiging reaksyon ng ating
Pangulo at kung meron pa ba siyang gagawing mga aksyon,” he said, noting
that the President certainly knows the importance of the agreement, which
will be submitted to Congress within this month.
Asked if he thinks the President's review of the remaining 20 to 30 percent
would delay the submission of the draft law to Congress, Lacierda said it
He added that there has been close collaboration between the peace panels
and also between Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. and Mohagher Iqbal
of the MILF.
Both parties recognize the importance of the initiative and the MILF has
expressed optimism over the completion of the remaining segments of the
draft law, Lacierda said.