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Palace assures Bangsamoro poll in 2016

Malacañang said yesterday the government remains committed in pursuing its target that an election in the Bangsamoro area will be held in 2016.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the assurance a day after the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed on several resolutions that will form part of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to be submitted to President Aquino.

The draft will be submitted to Aquino on Aug. 18, she said.

The Palace official however could not give a timetable on when the President would be able to review the draft so it could be submitted to Congress.

She, however, noted that “the President is very much aware of the urgency and the timetable that we are trying to follow.”

The BBL was scheduled to be submitted to Congress last May but the Palace review and other developments have delayed its submission.

Once the draft is approved by Congress, a plebiscite will be held and a transition authority will be created. An election in the Bangsamoro will be held in 2016 so that its people could choose their leaders.