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Unofficial count: Duterte swears in 72 BTA members

SINCE neither the Office of the President nor presidential adviser on peace, reconciliation and unity Carlito Galvez Jr. has released the names, Mindanews listed 72 based on the MILF’s list, and for the government nominees, based on the photographs as well as the validation of the BTA members themselves.

Of the 41 nominated by the MILF Central Committee and appointed by the President, only one was unable to take her oath – writer Bai Maleiha Candao, daughter of the first Armm Gov. Zacaria Candao – as she was recuperating from an ailment.

The list of 41 nominees of the MILF was sent by MILF chair Murad, classified into MILF Central Committee members, front commanders, traditional leaders.  Mindanews put under one category all the women nominees, for easier reference.

MILF central committee members: 1. Ebrahim, Al Haj Murad. Chair. Appointed Interim Chief Minister, BTA. From Maguindanao; 2. Jaafar, Ghazali B. 1st Vice chair; Chair of the now defunct Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). From Magindanao; 3. Solaiman, Ali B. 2nd Vice Chair. From Lanao del Sur; 4. Iqbal, Mohagher M. Chair, Peace Implementing Panel. BTC Commissioner. From Maguindanao; 5. Macacua, Abdulraof A. Chief of Staff of the soon-to-be decommissioned Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF). BTC Commissioner. From Maguindanao

6. Ali, Ibrahim D. BTC Commissioner; 7.  Abas, Haron M. BTC Commissioner; 8. Bato, Zainuddin; 9. Gayak, Abdullah E.; 10. Guerra, Eduard U. Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs, MILF Central Committee and concurrent chair of the Joint Normalization Committee (JNC) on the MILF side

11. Mantawil, Malik A.; 12. Munoz, Hussein P. BTC Commissioner; 13. Pacasem, Ubaida C.; 14. Pak, Abdulwahab; 15. Salendab, Said Z.;

16. Salik, Ali O. ; 17. Shiek, Said M. BTC Commissioner; 18. Yacob, Mohammad S.

Front commanders, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces: 19. Abas, Akmad I., Eastern Mindanao Front; 20. Abbas, Basit Sarip; 21. Esmael, Abdulazdis M.; 22. Macapaar, Abdullah Y. aka Kumander Bravo. North Western Mindanao Front; 23. Oranon, Suwaib L.

Political committees: 24. Ahang, Abdullah. Political Committee, Tawi-tawi; 25. Ali, Cezar. Political Committee, Sulu; 26. Zapantun, Hamza, Provincial Chairman, Basilan

Women: 27. Asmawil, Muslima A. Entrepreneur. From Basilan; 28. Candao, Maleiha B. Writer. From Maguindanao (appointed but was not able to attend oathtaking); 29. Jajurie, Raissa H. Lawyer. Member of the legal panel of the MILF peace panel. BTC Commissioner. From Sulu, Cotabato; 30. Karon, Bainon. Chair, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Bangsamoro Women. From Maguindanao

31. Silongan, Aida M. MILF social welfare committee. From Maguindanao

Traditional leaders:

32. Balindong, Pangalian. Former Representative. Member of now defunct Constitutional Commission. From Lanao del Sur; 33. Mastura, Tocao O. Former Mayor of Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao; 34. Midtimbang, Midpantao.


35. Ali, Lanang Jr., Lawyer. From Maguindanao; 36. Macasalong, Marjanie S. From Lanao del Sur

Indigenous people:

37. Ulama, Timuay Melanio. BTC Commissioner. From Upi, Maguindanao

Settler communities:

38. Ekey, Narciso Y. Businessman. Cotabato City

From various sectors: 39. Dataya, Abdul M. Lawyer. Chair of the MILF’s Ad Hoc Joint Action Group; 40. Dipatuan, Zafrullah. Medical Doctor. Head of the Bangsamoro Development Authority. From Lanao del Sur; 41. Sali, Al-Syed A. From Tawi-tawi

Government nominees:

Government is supposed to nominate 39 persons to be members of the BTA.  Thirty-two took their oath as BTA members.

Nominated by MNLF: 1. Hassan, Hatimil.  Vice Chair, Basilan. BTC Commissioner; 2. Sanni, Punduma. Vice Chair, Lanao del Sur. Professor; 3. Sema, Romeo. Vice Chair,Maguindanao.; 4. Sahrin, Abdul. Secretary-General; 5. Al Yakani, Ustadz Mujahid. From Basilan

6. Sema, Omar Yasser Christopher. Lawyer. BTC Commissioner.. From Maguindanao; 7. Jakilan, Muslimin. From Basilan; 8. Udjah, Sahie. Professor; 9. Usman, Adzfar. Professor

Women: 10. Alamia, Laisa. Lawyer. Armm Executive Secretary and concurrent Social Welfare Secretary. From Basilan, Zamboanga, Cotabato.; 11. Ampatuan, Baintan Adil. Engineer. Armm Executive Director, Regional Planning and Development Office. Head of Armm Transition Team; 12. Anayatin, Susan. Settler Community representative. Professor. BTC Commissioner; 13. Basman, Anna Tarhata. Consultant for peace process, Bangsamoro issues, and Islamic finance. From Lanao del Sur; 14. Latiph, Maisara. Lawyer. BTC Commissioner. From Lanao del Sur; 15. Mastura, Sittie Sahara Montaner Ebrahim. Maguindanao

16. Sevilla, Arlene N. Associate Professor and Director of External Affairs Scholarship  Coordinator, Tawi-tawi Regional Agricultural College and Executive Director, Tawi-tawi Alliance of Civil Society Organizations

Indigenous people: 17. Saliga, Romeo. BTC Commissioner. From Upi, Maguindanao

Settler communities: Anayatin, Susan (see number 12)

From various sectors: 18. Abas, Zulkamayn. Doctor. Assistant Secretary, Armm Department of Health.

19. Alih, Eddie. Chancellor of the Mindanao State University in Tawi-tawi from 1995 to 2010. Member of now defunct Constitutional Commission. From Tawi-tawi; 20. Ambolodto, Suharto “Teng”. Lawyer. Technical Service Provider. Member, Board of Trustees, InciteGov. From Maguindanao; 21. Barra, Hamid. Professor. National Ulama Conference of the Philippines. From Lanao del Sur; 22. Burahan, Abraham “Jess.” Mayor, Hadji Panglima Tahil, Sulu. Secretary-General, League of Municipalities of the Philippines; 23. Diamla, Musa. Lanao del Sur; 24. Lidasan, Datu Mussolini Sinsuat. BTC Commissioner. Iranun from Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Davao City.l 25. Loong, Don Mustapha Arbison. Armm Secretary of Public Works and Highways. From Sulu

26. Lorena, Jose Iribani. Lawyer. BTC Commissioner. From Sulu; 27. Mawallil, Amilbahar “Amir”. Armm Information Chief. Youth.. From Tawi-tawi; 28. Mangudadatu, Khadafeh “Toy.” Armm Assemblyman. From Maguindanao; 29. Mujahid, Abdulmuhmin. Director, Armm Darul Ifta. From Basilan; 30. Sattar, Alzad. Professor. Undersecretary, Armm Department of Education. From Basilan

31. Tan, Nabil. Peace Process Undersecretary; Chair, Government Peace Implementing Panel with the MILF and MNLF. Former ARMM Vice Governor. Former Vice Chair, Government Peace Panel in the negotiations with the MNLF that led to the signing of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement. From Sulu; 32. Tago, Paisalin. Former Commissioner, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

The MNLF has 10 representatives in the BTA, nine nominated by the government and one – Bainon Karon – nominated by the MILF.

Ten nominees were stricken off the “final list’’ Friday morning but three names were also added – and in fact showed up at the Palace — leaving seven more for government to fill up 39 seats.

The names of seven more BTA members — numbers 33 to 39 — are not yet available. (Carolyn O. Arguillas of Mindanews)


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