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Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – September 17, 2022

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro and Western Mindanao Command Chief, Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., graced the inauguration of the newly appointed members on September 15, 2022.

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) has a new set of members who officially took oath on Thursday at the Bangsamoro Government Center, Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, Cotabato City. Of the 80 members of the BTA, 41 nominees are from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and 39 are from the government.

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President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. presided over the inauguration of the newly appointed members of the Parliament. During his arrival in Cotabato City, President Marcos, Jr. was received by Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. together with Joint Task Force Central/6th Infantry Division Commander, Maj. Gen. Roy Galido and other officers and staff of the division.

In his message during the inaugural ceremony, President Marcos, Jr. said, "As your president, I assure you, the BTA, and all the Bangsamoro people, of this government’s full and unwavering commitment to the peace process and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. This is why we are steadfast in our commitment to the peace process here in the Southern Philippines."

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Aside from the AFP Chief and the WestMinCom Commander, the momentous event was also witnessed by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, BTA Parliament Speaker Pangalian Balindong, Supreme Court Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao, Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Benjamin de Castro Abalos, Jr., Special Assistant to the President Antonio Lagdameo Jr., Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari, JTF Central Commander Maj. Gen. Roy Galido, other military officials, and other guests.

Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. extended his felicitations to the new set of BTA members and expressed his support for all the endeavors of the parliament.

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