President Rodrigo Roa Duterte stated on Thursday, July 26,2018, that he already signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also announced “the President has just signed the BOL into law.”
During the ‘69th Araw ng Ipil’ celebration in Zamboanga Sibugay, Duterte said in his message that the BOL has been signed.
President Duterte said he will meet with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) first vice chair Ghazali Jaafar and vice chairman for military affairs Al Haj Murad.
Presidet Duterte said he would like also to talk to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari.
The President was supposed to sign the BOL before his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 23, but change of leadership in the House of Representatives delayed the ratification of the bicameral conference committee version of the bill.
The House, under the leadership of new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ratified the BOL a day after the SONA. Arroyo replaced Pantaleon Alvarez.
The Senate unanimously approved the bicam report on Monday during the opening of the third regular session of the 17th Congress.
The BOL seeks to establish a new Bangsamoro political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).