Rex Education to publish first comprehensive law book on the Bangsamoro Organic Law
The book, “Moral Governance: An Introduction to the Bangsamoro Organic Law,” has five distinguished lawyer-authors: Mohammad Muktadir Ahmad Estrella, chief of the legal services division of the Civil Service Commission for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines Manila and Notre Dame University College of Law; Joss Allen Pilapil, partner at PALM Law; Jake Ogario Leoncini, partner at PALM Law; Xavier Alexen Aseron, partner at PALM Law; and Kevin Buen Marquez, Associate Solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General. The BOL, a landmark legislation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018, abolished the ARMM and provided a regional government for the BARMM. Its ratification, however, was followed almost immediately by the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, thus there is little literature that dives into the specifics of the law. “This is a peace legislation that is aimed to bring just peace in Muslim Mindanao by addressing centuries worth of historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government is the only parliamentary form of government in the Philippines. Thus, there is an existing need and interest to explain how a parliamentary set-up in an autonomous regional government works in a presidential form of national government within the parameters of the 1987 Philippine Constitution,” the authors said.