After 17 years of negotiations to end decades of war in Mindanao, the Bangsamoro bill providing a legal framework for the fi nal peace accord fi nally reaches the Congress. In a ceremony held at Rizal Hall in Malacanang Palace on September 10, 2014, President Benigno Aquino III, through his Peace Adviser Secretary Teresita Deles, handed over the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Senate President Franklin Drilon.  Th e event marked the fi rst time Aquino personally oversaw the turnover of
a priority measure to Congress members. In his speech, Aquino stressed that the proposed Bangsamoro legislative measure will be benefi cial to all stakeholders, hence, merits the support of the public regardless of ethnicity, religion, or race. To “ensure genuine transformation of society,” everyone must take part “in our collective eff orts towards a more progressive and more peaceful Philippines.” Deles noted that this is the farthest our nation has gone in our long journey to achieving peace in Mindanao. Bangsamoro Transition Committee
head and MILF chief negotiator Mohagber Iqbal, on the other hand, remarked that the BBL could be the means to fi nally curtail radicalization in Mindanao. Attaining this historic political step in our roadmap for the Bangsamoro gives great hope to our nation. Provincial Governor of Lanao del Sur, Hon. Mamintal A. Adiong, Jr., who has always been expressive of his full support to Bangsamoro, was also at the Palace to witness the momentous event. He shared the great news with his fellow incumbent leaders in the Autonomous