Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has “equitable representation” in the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
The former military general said that the BTA represents not just the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the MNLF, but the entirety of the Moro and non-Moro people.
“As I have always emphasized, bringing about necessary reforms to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) depends not on the number of representatives per sector or grouping but on the effectiveness, efficiency and sincerity of each member of the BTA,” he said.
Earlier reports said that the MNLF was complaining that there were only few MNLF members in the BTA.
Of the 80 BTA members, 41 have been nominated by the MILF and 39 by the government, including those from the MNLF.
“We recognize that there are many more who want to serve the Bangsamoro through the BTA, but let us not forget that there is a multitude of ways to render our service for the people. At this point, it is essential that we work together to nurture the gains of our journey to peace,” Galvez said.
The BTA members led by MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and who was appointed as its chief minister took their oath of office before President Rodrigo Duterte on February 22 in Malacanang.
The BTA will oversee the newly established BARMM.