Legislative Branch Reform: Mindanao Final Agreement

III. The New Regional Autonomous Government (Phase II)

A. Executive Council, Legislative Assembly, Administrative System and Representation in the National Government Executive Council;

Article 23:

Legislative power shall be vested in the Regional Legislative Assembly.

Article 24:

The Legislative Assembly shall be composed of members elected by popular vote, with three (3) members elected from each of the Congressional Districts.

Implementation History

1996

No Implementation

The 1996 peace accord calls for the creation of a new Regional Legislative Assembly with 24 representatives to be elected based on the 8 congressional districts located in the 5 ARMM territories. No Regional Legislative Assembly elections were held in 1996.

1997

No Implementation

No Regional Legislative Assembly elections were held in 1997.

1998

No Implementation

No Regional Legislative Assembly elections were held in 1998.

1999

No Implementation

No Regional Legislative Assembly elections were held in 1999.

2000

No Implementation

No Regional Legislative Assembly elections were held in 2000.

2001

Minimum Implementation

The Republic Act 9054 becomes law which formally established the Regional Legislative Assembly, although no representative elections are held for the Regional Legislative Assembly in 2001.1

  • 1. Astrid S. Tuminez, "This land is our land: Moro ancestral domain and its implications for peace and development in the Southern Philippines," SAIS Review 27, no. 2 (2007): 77-91.
2002

Minimum Implementation

No representative elections for the Regional Legislative Assembly were held in 2002.

2003

Minimum Implementation

No representative elections for the Regional Legislative Assembly were held in 2003.

2004

Minimum Implementation

No representative elections for the Regional Legislative Assembly were held in 2004.

2005

Intermediate Implementation

On 8 August 2005, gubernatorial and representative elections are held for the ARMM. The MNLF lost the governorship in the autonomous region. According to the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), Commission on Elections there were 24 new members elected to the Regional Legislative Assembly from the five provinces and one city which make up the ARMM.2