Senate ratifies bill postponing first BARMM polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 27) — Senators ratified on Monday the bill postponing the first regular election in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao from May 2022 to May 2025.

Senators voted 21-2 to approve the report submitted by the joint congressional panel.

The House of Representatives initially ratified the report on the disagreeing provisions of House Bill No. 10121 and Senate Bill No. 2214 on Sept. 22.

The reconciled bill provides that the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will continue as the interim government in the region until elections are held in 2025.

The president may also appoint 80 new interim members of the BTA. They will hold office until the end of June 2025, or until their successors have been elected.

"The reconciled provision will expedite the rollout of development and recovery efforts in the region through the effective leadership of competent, accountable, and reliable officials in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority," said Senator Francis Tolentino, who chairs the Senate panel in the bicameral conference committee.

House Bill No. 10121 and Senate Bill No. 2214 will amend Republic Act 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law of 2018.