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Salient points of the MILF-Government Framework Agreement

Governance body will adopt a ministerial form and its leaders will be elected by the people

  • By Geilbert Felongco, Correspondent
  • Published: 21:12 October 7, 2012
  • Gulf News

Manila:

-A new body called the New Autonomous Political Entity (NPE) will be created to replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

-The new governance body will adopt a ministerial form and its leaders will be elected by the people.

-Provinces, cities, municipalities, villages and geographic areas within its territory shall be the constituent units of the Bangsamoro.

-The Central Government will have reserved powers, the Bangsamoro Government shall have its exclusive powers, and there will be concurrent powers shared by the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government.

-The Parties recognise Bangsamoro identity. Those who at the time of the Spanish conquest and colonisation were considered natives or original inhabitants of Mindanao and Sulu and its adjacent islands including Palawan.

The Central Government shall have powers on:

a) Defence and external security

b) Foreign policy

c) Common market and global trade

d) Coinage and monetary policy

e) Citizenship and naturalisation

f) Postal service

-The parties recognise the need to strengthen the Sharia courts. The Bangsamoro shall have competence over the Sharia justice system.

-The Bangsamoro will have the power to create its own sources of revenue and to levy taxes, fees, and charges.

-The Bangsamoro will have the authority to receive grants and donations from domestic and foreign sources

-The Bangsamoro shall hava a just and equitable share in the revenues generated through the exploration, development or utilisation of natural resources obtaining in all the areas/territories, land or within the jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro.

-The core territory of the Bangsamoro shall be composed of: the present geographical area of the present ARMM and certain municipalitis in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato, the cities of Cotabato and Isabela.

-A transition commission will be established that will be independent from the ARMM and other government agencies.

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