Despite taking oath, civic leader not part of initial Bangsamoro transition body appointees

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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, March 1) — Did President Rodrigo Duterte swear into office a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) he did not actually appoint?

This appears to be the case for Arlene Napoles-Sevilla, an Islam convert and civic leader from Tawi-Tawi.

In a Facebook post Friday, Sevilla expressed her dismay over what appeared to be a "mistake" to include her among the appointed members to the BTA.

Sevilla was among the members of the interim body who took their oaths of office in Malacañang on February 22. However, when the list was made public this week, Sevilla's appointment paper was not included.

Sevilla said she passed through coordination processes and security screenings in Malacañang that allowed her to join the ceremony.

"I would like to request the person responsible to the alleged "mistake" committed to have the decency to officially write me directly as when i was requested to submit my notarized PDS for my nomination to the BTA, there are personalities who contacted  and called me," Sevilla said in her Facebook post.

"I was given the program and the laminated Oath of Office given to all other BTA appointees to read during the oath-taking."

 

"It is not about position, it is not only serving the Moro, it is hearing the most unheard voices on the grounds from the unserved Lumad, Moro and Christian settlers," she added.

Malacañang on Wednesday released a partial list of members of the BTA, which will serve as the interim government of the newly-established autonomous region in the South.

Duterte has yet to appoint four more members of the BTA. It remains unclear if Sevilla will be among the four or if she was outright dropped from the list.