Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr dismissed fears of violence in Mindanao as impatience grows over delays in the proposed law that will create and define the powers of the new Bangsamoro entity | Rappler

The Palace did not say what exactly were the disagreements between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that delayed the submission of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law to Congress | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Palace said it hopes that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front would soon agree on the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to be submitted to Congress, so everything could proceed as planned.

With or without Congress passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law by December, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority will start governing the 12 Mindanao provinces in January, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said | Manila Standard Today

A breakdown would risk a return to violence and a blow to hopes for an economic revival for resource-rich Mindanao island as potential investors in sectors such as agriculture and mining wait on the sidelines for the peace deal to be implemented | Reuters

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