Bangsamoro Transition Authority

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Bangsamoro Transition Authority
EstablishedFebruary 22, 2019; 4 months ago (2019-02-22)
PolityBangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
LeaderChief Minister
Main organBangsamoro Cabinet
Responsible toParliament

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority is the interim regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and has executive and legislative powers over the region.


President Rodrigo Duterte administers the oath to the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority during a ceremony at the Malacañang Palace on February 22, 2019.

With the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law following a plebiscite on January 21, 2019 the abolition process of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) begins paving way for the formal creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Under the law a transition body, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), is to be organized pending the election of the new region's government officials in 2022.

It was planned that the BTA will be constituted in February 2019. It is projected that the transition body will compose of a total of 105 members (80 appointed members and 25 elected officials of the ARMM) until June 30, 2019. After that date the body will compose of only 80 members.[1]

Until the BTA was constituted, Section 5 of Article XVI of the Bangsamoro Organic Law provided for a caretaker body consisting of the same 25 ARMM officials as well as the original 20 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.[1]

The 80 appointed members of the BTA took their oath on February 22, 2019 with the official turnover of the ARMM to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region occurred on February 26, 2019.[2] However the oath taking was rescheduled to February 22, 2019.[3]

Transition work[edit]

During the transition period, the BTA as the interim parliament had obligations to complete.

Transition plan[edit]

The Bangsamoro Organic Law mandates interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim to submit to the BTA within the first 60 days of the transition period a transition plan containing the Bangsamoro government's "proposed organizational plan, as well as, the schedule for implementation therefor." It also requires the approval or action of the BTA on the proposed plan within 10 days upon its submission. If there is failure to act upon the plan within 10 days, the plan would be automatically approved and implemented within 15 days. According to Murad the start of the transition period for the purpose of submitting the transition plan was on March 29, or the inaugural session of the interim parliament. The plan's deadline is stated to be on May 2018.

Priority laws[edit]

The BTA as the interim Bangsamoro parliament is also required to pass into law "priority legislation" enumerated in the Bangsamoro Organic Law.[4] Following the fourth session of the parliament, eight ad-hoc committees were formed to draft the priority legislations.[5]

Legislation Status
Bangsamoro Administrative Code To be legislated
Bangsamoro Internal Revenue Code To be legislated
Bangsamoro Indigenous People's Affairs Code To be legislated
Bangsamoro Civil Service Code To be legislated
Bangsamoro Electoral Code To be legislated
Bangsamoro Local Government Code To be legislated
Bangsamoro Education Code To be legislated


Interim Bangsamoro Parliament
(Bangsamoro Transition Authority)
9th ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly 1st Bangsamoro Parliament
JurisdictionBangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines
Meeting placeTBA
Term2019 – 2022
Members80 + 25
SpeakerPangalian Balindong
Chief MinisterMurad Ebrahim

It is legislated that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to will lead the BTA “without prejudice to the participation of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in its membership.” Elected officials of the ARMM whose terms were set to end until June 30, 2019 will serve as part of the body until that date. These officials are the Regional Governor, Vice Governor and 23 members of the Regional Legislative Assembly.[1] 80 members of the interim body will be appointed by the Philippine government; 41 of which to be nominated by the MILF, and the remaining to be selected by the government.

MILF nominees[edit]

  • Full list to be announced[6] (41)
MILF Central Committee members
Murad Ebrahim was appointed as Chief Minister
  • Murad Ebrahim (Chief Minister)
  • Ghazali Jaafar (until March 13, 2019; his death)
  • Ali Solaiman
  • Mohagher Iqbal
  • Abdulraof Macacua
  • Ibrahim Ali
  • Haron Abas
  • Zainuddin Bato
  • Abdullah Gayak
  • Eduard Guerra
  • Malik Mantawil
  • Hussein Munoz
  • Ubaida Pacasem
  • Abdulwahab Pak
  • Said Salendab
  • Ali Salik
  • Said Shiek
  • Mohammad Yacob
Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces front commanders
Members of MILF Political Committees
  • Abdullah Ahang
  • Cezar Ali
  • Hamza Zapantun
  • Muslima Asmawil
  • Maleiha Candao
  • Raissa Jajurie
  • Bainon Karon
  • Aida Silongan
Traditional leaders
  • Lanang Ali Jr.
  • Marjanie Macasalong
Indigenous peoples
  • Timuay Melanio Ulama
Settler communities
  • Narciso Ekey
Other various sectors
  • Abdul Dataya (until July 9, 2019; his death[7])
  • Zafrullah Dipatuan
  • Al-Syed Sali

Government appointees[edit]

  • To be announced[6] (40)
Moro National Liberation Front nominees
  • Hatimil Hassan
  • Punduma Sanni
  • Romeo Sema
  • Abdul Sahrin
  • Ustadz Mujahid Al Yakani
  • Omar Yasser Sema
  • Muslimin Jakilan
  • Sahie Udjah
  • Adzfar Usman
  • Laisa Alamia
  • Baintan Ampatuan
  • Susan Anayatin
  • Anna Tarhata Basman
  • Maisara Latiph
  • Sittie Mastura
  • Arlene Sevilla
Indigenous peoples
  • Romeo Saliga
Other various sectors
  • Zulkamayn Abas
  • Eddie Alih
  • Suharto Ambolodto
  • Hamid Barra
  • Abraham Burahan
  • Musa Diamla
  • Datu Mussolini Lidasan
  • Don Mustapha Loong
  • Jose Iribani Lorena
  • Amilbahar Mawallil
  • Khadafeh Mangudadatu
  • Abdulmuhmin Mujahid
  • Alzad Sattar
  • Paisalin Tago
  • Nabil Tan

Elected ARMM officials[edit]

The following are elected officials automatically became part of the BTA. They were part of the BTA until June 30, 2019 which was supposed to be the end of their original elective post.

Executive officials

  • Haroun Lucman (Liberal) – ARMM Regional Vice Governor

Regional Legislative Assembly members

  • 23 members

ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman opted out from joining the BTA.[8]

Interim Cabinet[edit]

Cabinet Members[9]
Position Minister Image
Minister of Finance, Budget and Management Eduard Guerra
Minister of Social Services Raissa Jajurie
Minister of Basic, Higher and Technical Education Mohagher Iqbal
Minister of Health Zafrullah Dipatuan
Minister of Indigenous Peoples' Affairs Timuay Melanio Ulama
Minister of Labor and Employment Romeo Sema
Minister of Local Government Naguib Sinarimbo
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Abdulraof Macacua
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform Mohammad Suaib Yacob
Minister of Public Order and Safety Hussein Munoz
Minister of Trade, Investment, and Tourism Abuamri Taddik
Minister of Public Works and Highways Murad Ebrahim


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  2. ^ Arguillas, Carolyn (18 February 2019). "Bangsamoro Transition Authority to take oath Feb. 20; ARMM to BARMM turnover on Feb. 25". MindaNews. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ Arguillas, Carolyn (20 February 2019). "Bangsamoro oathtaking reset to Feb. 22; but who will take oath?". MindaNews. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ Arguilas, Carolyn (22 April 2019). "BTA sessions resume nearly a month after inauguration". MindaNews. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  5. ^ "BTA sets up committees for priority legislation". BusinessWorld. 28 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b Arguillas, Carolyn (24 February 2019). "Bangsamoro in transition: so who took their oath as BTA members?". MindaNews. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  7. ^ Fernandez, Edwin (9 July 2019). "BARMM parliament member dies". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  8. ^ Unson, John (27 February 2019). "ARMM turns over power to Bangsamoro authority". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  9. ^ Arguilas, Carolyn (27 February 2019). "Murad vows a government "free of all the ills of governance;" names 10 ministers". MindaNews. Retrieved 27 February 2019.