Malacañang names Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) — Malacañang on Wednesday released a partial list of members of the Bangsamoro Transition Autority (BTA), which will serve as the interim government of the newly-established autonomous region in the South.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the appointment of 76 members of the BTA, which should hold 80 seats overall.

A total of 77 appointment papers were released, including two appointment papers for Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim -- one as as interim chief minister and another as member of the BTA.

The four other nominees are still being screened.

Here is the initial list of BTA members:

  1. Ahod Balawag Ebrahim (Chief interim minister)
  2. Ghazali Buto Jaafar
  3. Ali Bangcola Solaiman
  4. Mohagher Mohammad Iqbal
  5. Abdulraof Abdul Macacua
  6. Ibrahim Dumaraag Ali
  7. Haron Muhammad Abas
  8. Mohammad Zainoden Panganting Bato
  9. Said Zamahsari Salendab
  10. Mohammad Shuaib Yacob
  11. Malik Abo Mantawil
  12. Ali Omar Salik
  13. Abdulwahab Mohammad Pak
  14. Said Manggis Shiek
  15. Ubaida Casad Pacasem
  16. Hussein Palma Muñoz
  17. Abdullah Ebus Gayak
  18. Eduard Uy Guerra
  19. Aida Macalimpas Silongan
  20. Abdul Mangelen Dataya Sr.
  21. Raissa Herradura Jajurie
  22. Tucao Ong Mastura
  23. Midpantao Musa Midtimbang
  24. Al-Syed Abdulla Sali
  25. Saffrullah Marohomsalic Dipatuan
  26. Abdulla Abdulhamid Ahang
  27. Maleiha Bajunaid Candao
  28. Narciso Co Yu Ekey
  29. Bainon Guiabar Karon
  30. Basit Sarip Abbas
  31. Suwaib Latip Oranon
  32. Akmad Indigay Abas
  33. Abdullah Gordiano Macapaar
  34. Faiz Sapantun Alauddin
  35. Hadji Abduladzis Mohammad Esmael
  36. Marjanie Salic Macasalong
  37. Lanang Tapodoc Ali Jr.
  38. Zesar Hajal Alil
  39. Ali Pangalian Macaorao Balindong
  40. Melanio Umbit Ulama
  41. Muslima Abubakar Asmawil
  42. Muslimin Asalim Jakilan
  43. Sahie Sappayani Udjah
  44. Adzfar Hailid Usman
  45. Omar Yasser Crisostomo Sema
  46. Romeo Kabuntalan Sema
  47. Punduma Batinting Sani
  48. Abdul Raji Sahrin
  49. Hatimil Esmail Hassan
  50. Zul Qarneyn Abas
  51. Musa Kadija-Sultan Diamla
  52. Rasul Enderez Ismael
  53. Sittie Shahara Ibrahim Mastura
  54. Amilbahar Saddalani Mawallil
  55. Eddie Mapag Alih
  56. Khadafeh Gaguil Mangudadatu
  57. Jamel Ditucalan Macaraya
  58. Modayao Macasalong Sacar
  59. Abraham Tahil Burahan
  60. Edrieza Nasser Rimbang
  61. Paisalin Pangandaman Tago
  62. Nabila Margarita Pacasum Pangandaman
  63. Laisa Masuhud Alamia
  64. Suharto Mastura Ambolodto
  65. Susana Salvador Anayatin
  66. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph
  67. Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan
  68. Don Mustapha Arbison Loong
  69. Jose Iribani Lorena
  70. Abdulmuhmin Alyakanie Mujahid
  71. Romeo Culab Saliga
  72. Alzad Taradji Sattar
  73. Nabil Alfad Tan
  74. Hamid Aminoddin Datu Barra
  75. Anna Tarhata Sumande Basman
  76. Baintan Adil Ampatuan

The BTA, as mandated by the law, should be composed of 41 members from the MILF, and another 39 government appointees.

Meanwhile, Murad has called for the interim government's first meeting on Wednesday, where members are expected to finally get to know each other.

Convening as a parliament for the first time, the BTA also has to finalize its Rules of Procedure. The draft will be passed around among members before the inaugural session.

Former Lanao del Sur Representative Pangalian Balindong said that while the Bangsamoro parliament is a "first of its kind," its rules may still be similar to those of Congress.

"Mas mabigat ito (this is deeper issue) because this is something novel, something new," Balindong said.

The transition body will have legislative and executive powers during the transition period until the first local election takes place in 2022.

The Bangsamoro law, which was ratified January 25, is envisioned to end the decades-long conflict in Mindanao. 

This is a developing story.   

CNN Philippines' David Santos contributed to this report.