Bangsamoro lauds House, Senate for BARMM poll extension

posted September 28, 2021 at 06:03 pm
by  Manila Standard
Cotabato City - With the recent ratification of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) extension, which postpones the elections in the autonomous region to 2025 instead of 2022, Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim expressed his gratitude and praises to the House of Representatives and the Senate.

BTA Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim
In a statement, Ebrahim, on behalf of the BTA, appreciated the personalities that supported the bill extending the current government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and especially mentioned President Rodrigo Duterte as “a son of Mindanao and a Moro by heart.”

Others he thanked are Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Toto Mangundadatu, House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, Majority Floor Leader Rep. Martin Romualdez, Senator Francis Tolentino, Senate Majority Floor Leader Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

The BTA chief also pointed out that the extension is not a cue to be complacent, but to instead be more challenged to accomplish what needs to be done.

“Instead, we should double time to assure more programs, projects, and policies come into light. This is arguably the most crucial stage of our journey to peace and development in our homeland,” Ebrahim said.

As an exclamation point to their statement, the Bangsamoro government concluded with a powerful message: “We are Bangsamoro first. Isantabi na ang politika, Bangsamoro muna.”

In May 2021, BARMM officials and residents urged lawmakers to craft and pass legislation to postpone the supposed 2022 elections in the BARMM because the BTA needed more time to complete key milestones, which were delayed by the pandemic.

The Bangsamoro transition extension bill passed the House with a unanimous 187-0 vote and was ratified last week at the Senate.

Topics: Bangsamoro Transition Authority , Ahod Balawag Ebrahim , Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by The Standard. Comments are views by thestandard.ph readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of thestandard.ph. While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with The Standard editorial standards, The Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.