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BTA bill seeks to provide socio-economic assistance for family of deceased mujahideen

COTABATO CITY — Families of fallen Bangsamoro mujahideen will receive socio-economic assistance, once the proposed measure filed in today’s session is approved.

According to Parliament Bill No. 94, members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who served between the declaration of Martial Law in 1972 and the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in 2018 are eligible for the assistance.

Beneficiaries of the support are the parents, surviving spouse, children, and nearest of kin of mujahideen.

The Bangsamoro Parliament will formulate a system to finalize the list of qualified mujahideen and their dependents who will be qualified for assistance.

All of the beneficiaries will receive aid, including livelihood projects for their parents or surviving spouse, as well as education assistance for their children.

MP Sultan Edrieza Nasser Rimbang, the principal author of the proposed measure, known as the Mujahideen Act of 2021, cited the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which states that the Bangsamoro Government has the power to enact programs and laws for women, labor, the youth, the elderly, the differently-abled, and indigenous people.

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