BTC condemns Marawi clashes

Zamboanga City --- The expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC)) issued a condemnation today of the violence happening in Marawi City.

In its official statement dated May 24 issued while meeting in this city, the 21-member collegial body primarily tasked to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) said that it is condemning the violent clashes for causing the “suffering of our brothers and sisters in Marawi City.”

The Commission said it is saddened over the disturbance of the peace and tranquility of the residents in the beleaguered city.

The BTC considered the Marawi clashes as a “tragic event” especially at a time when the BTC is conducting public consultations and is about to finish the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law as a solution to the age-old Bangsamoro Question.

With the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the BTC “implore the authorities to safeguard and respect human rights.”

Even then, the BTC reiterated its commitment to fulfill its mandate inspite of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and “support(s) all efforts in addressing the roots of terror and grievances.”

It also stressed the passage of the BBL as embodied in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is the hope that lasting peace and development can still reign. ###