EDITORIAL|Tough work to do

LAST Friday, President Rodrigo R. Duterte led the taking of oath of the new members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), a body tasked to draft the final peace agreement between the government the Moro rebels.

Unlike a similar body during the previous administration, the BTC at present is an expanded one with six more members than the previous one with most of those new names represent the other more rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

The previous body was composed mainly of representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government.

The new BTC must consider the inputs of the MNLF which signed a similar agreement on September 2, 1996 when the president of the country was Fidel V. Ramos. The situation is very complex considering that the rebel organization has several factions, among them the competing group of Nur Misuari and the Executive Council of the 15.

The BTC will also consider the issues that were raised during the previous administration as these were the ones that derailed the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, a law that would spell out the next steps toward the settlement of the armed conflict in Mindanao.

The members of the body must be conscious enough that their task is no walk in the park. But they must not allow the complexities of the issues to sideline their mindset for a better Mindanao. They are put there because they are the ones who can face these issues head on. Their job is not for those chicken-hearted.

The burden maybe heavy, but the fulfillment of the task is a success for not just one generation, but for those others that have yet to come.

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