Bangsamoro parliament member dies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9)— The Bangsamoro community mourned the loss of another government official as Abdul Dataya, a member of the region’s transition body, died on Tuesday. He was 65.

This was confirmed by Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez.

“We will never forget the unconditional work that Atty. Dataya invested for peace, particularly during the most critical times,” Galvez said in a statement Tuesday. “And even with his fragile health, Atty. Dataya continues to contribute as a member of the BTA to ensure that the Bangsamoro people will have a smooth transition period in the newly-established Bangsamoro regional government.”

The family has yet to issue a statement. Dataya had been confined at a hospital in Davao City.

Dataya chaired the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). He was also an executive officer for the United Bangsamoro Justice Party.

“Since the creation of the AHJAG in 2005, Atty. Dataya has been instrumental in ensuring that a favorable environment of peace will always prevail until the panels of the government and the MILF were able to reach a comprehensive agreement,” Galvez added.

Last March, Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, considered as “one of the biggest pillars” in the fight for Moro independence, succumbed to a lingering illness.