Bangsamoro Parliament

Coordinates: 7°11′47″N 124°14′46″E / 7.1964°N 124.2461°E / 7.1964; 124.2461

The Bangsamoro Parliament is the legislature of Bangsamoro, an autonomous region of the Philippines. It is currently led by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, an interim regional governing body. The inaugural session of the parliament took place on March 29, 2019 while its first regular session is projected to take place in 2022.[1]

Bangsamoro Parliament

Filipino: Parlamento ng Bangsamoro
Arabic: البرلمان بانجسامورو
Interim Parliament
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
3 terms (9 years)
History
FoundedMarch 29, 2019
Preceded byARMM Regional Legislative Assembly
Leadership
Murad Ebrahim
since March 29, 2019
Pangalian Balindong
since March 29, 2019
Majority Leader
Lanang Ali Jr.
since March 29, 2019
Minority Leader
Laisa Alamia
since March 29, 2019
Structure
Seats80
Bangsamoro-parliament
Political groups
  MILF nominees (40)

  National Government nominees (39)

  Vacant (1)
Length of term
3 years
AuthorityArticle VII, Republic Act No. 11054
Elections
Parallel voting (party-list proportional representation, first-past-the-post)
Last election
None (All MPs of current interim parliament are appointed by the national government)
Next election
May 9, 2022
Meeting place
BTA approves proposed transition plan 2.jpg
Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, BARMM Complex, Brgy. Rosary Heights VII, Cotabato City
Website
parliament.bangsamoro.gov.ph
Rules
House Rules of the Parliament (Resolution No. 6 s. 2019) (English)

HistoryEdit

The first Bangsamoro Parliament is an interim legislature headed by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA). The first set of members of the BTA took their oath on February 22, 2019.[2] The effective abolishment of the precursor autonomous region, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) took place following the official turnover of the ARMM to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region occurred on February 26, 2019.[3]

The interim Bangsamoro Parliament had its first inaugural session on March 29, 2019 and passed four resolutions, two of which involved the budget for the Bangsamoro region.[4]

MembershipEdit

As per law, the legislature should composed of at least 80 members,[5][6] who in turn are led by the Speaker of the Parliament which was appointed from among the members of the legislature.[7] Until June 30, 2019, 24 elective officials of the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao could have served as additional members.

Pangalian Balindong is the Speaker of the Parliament with Hatimil Hassan as his deputy. Lanang Ali Jr. is the Majority Leader and Laisa Alamia is the Minority Leader. Roby Angkal serves as Secretary General while Dan Dimakenal is the Sergeant at Arms.[8]

40 percent of the parliament seats are allotted to representatives of Bangsamoro's parliamentary districts. Although the districts are yet to be constituted. The Bangsamoro parliamentary districts will exist independently from the legislative districts used to determine representation in the national House of Representatives.[9]

There are also legal provisions to deter members of the parliament to switch political party allegiance. Changing political party affiliation within the term of a parliament member's term means forfeiture of seat. Changing of affiliation within six months prior to a parliamentary elections renders the person ineligible as a nominee of a political party seeking representation in the parliament.[10]

SealEdit

 
Seal used from 2019–2021.

The current seal of the Bangsamoro Parliament is in use since 2021 and its specifications is defined under Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 16.[11] It is a circular symbol with a green, red, white, and yellow color scheme patterned after the Bangsamoro Flag and bears the name of the Parliament. Its central element is a shield baring the Bangsamoro flag and is partially surrounded by a semicircle parliament diagram with 80 blocks signifying the number of seats in the parliament. The book on top of the shield which represents the "living adherence of the Parliament to the rule of law" while the text "2019", representing the foundation year of Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 16, as Parliament Bill No. 24 was passed by the Bangsamoro Parliament on January 19, 2021. A previous version of the seal was used prior to the passage of the bill, with the book, foundation year absent in the prior version. [12][13] The modified seal was formally adopted after the Chief Minister sign the bill into law on February 12, 2021.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Malacañang names Bangsamoro Transition Authority members". CNN Philippines. February 27, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Arguillas, Carolyn (February 20, 2019). "Bangsamoro oathtaking reset to Feb. 22; but who will take oath?". MindaNews. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Arguillas, Carolyn (February 18, 2019). "Bangsamoro Transition Authority to take oath Feb. 20; ARMM to BARMM turnover on Feb. 25". MindaNews. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Arguillas, Carolyn (March 30, 2019). "Duterte to BTA: Bangsamoro's future "is now in your hands;"region awaits release of budget". MindaNews. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Bangsamoro State Constitution" (PDF). All Moro Convention: Article VII. May 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Republic Act No. 11054" (PDF). Philippine Official Gazette: 15. July 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "FAQs on the Annex on Power Sharing". Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  8. ^ Arguillas, Carolyn (March 30, 2019). "Bangsamoro Transition Authority elects officials; Balindong is Speaker". MindaNews. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Panti, Llanesca (June 20, 2019). "BARMM's new parliamentary districts won't affect representation in House, says BTA member". GMA News. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Panti, Llanesca (June 20, 2019). "Turncoats will lose parliament seat in Bangsamoro region – transition panel member". GMA News. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 16" (PDF). Bangsamoro Parliament. January 19, 2021. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  12. ^ Lao, Gilmar (January 20, 2021). "BTA approves official seal". NDBC News. Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  13. ^ "BTA Parliament adopts official seal, elects additional officers". BARMM Official Website. Bangsamoro Information Office. January 20, 2021. Retrieved February 1, 2021.