The State asserts that peace is essential to elections and mandates the
government to actively pursue the peace process in Mindanao.
Sec. 2. The
regular elections for the regional governor, vice governor and members
of the regional legislative assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao (ARMM) set forth under Republic
Act No. 8753 on the second Monday of September 2000 is hereby reset
to coincide with the general elections to be held on the second Monday
of May 2001. Elections shall be held three (3) years after thereafter
to Republic Act No. 6734 otherwise known as the Organic Act for the
Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Sec. 3. The
term of office of the regional governor, regional vice governor and
of the regional legislative assembly shall commence at noon of the 30th
day of June 2001 next following their election and shall expire at noon
of the 30th day of June three (3) years thereafter.
Sec. 4. All
incumbent officials of the Autonomous Region shall hold office pursuant
to existing laws.
Sec. 5. If any
of the provisions of this Act is held unconstitutional, provisions not
affected shall remain valid and binding.
Sec. 6. All
laws, decrees and all other issuances or parts thereof, which are
with this Act, are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.
Sec. 7. This
Act shall take effect upon its approval by the President.
September 1, 2000.