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Over 500K sign online petition for Duterte to certify as urgent bills extending Bangsamoro transition period

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Over half a million individuals have signed the online petition urging President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the passage of bills seeking to extend the Bangsamoro transition period, groups said.

Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) and Civil Society Organizations Movement for Moral Governance(CSO-MMG), which spearheaded the online petition launched on February 10, said as of 4:03 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, there were already 535,953 who have signed up.

“Considering the very limited session days remaining in Congress before it adjourns sine die on June 4, 2021, there is a need to certify the pending bills calling for the extension of the transition period so that it can be given more prominence and a sense of urgency given the equally important and competing concerns of Congress,” the petition stated.

“Mahalaga itong pag-issue ng certificate of urgency in the House and in the Senate considering that we have a very limited window for the session in Congress,” Atty. Mary Ann Arnado of MPC said.

She also said that Mindanao State University, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Ateneo De Davao University, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, and other academic institutions have signified their support to the petition.

CSO-MMG representative Yul Aluya said organizations such as Bangsamoro Communication Network, and Sangguniang Kabataan in North Cotabato volunteered to help those who do not have internet access but want to sign the petition.

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority led by Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim has been pushing to extend the transition period from 2022 to 2025.

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