Handling funds with an alias? – Sen. Bongbong Marcos
Still, Marcos insisted that Iqbal cannot continue using aliases under the peace process.
“In the event that the Philippine government gives funds to the Bangsamoro Transitional Council (sic) of which this ‘person known as Iqbal’ heads as chairman, which name would he then sign those voluminous financial documents?”
Iqbal is chairperson of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, a 15-member body that drafted the BBL. The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is a yet-to-be constituted group that will prepare the transformation of the Bangsamoro region once the law is ratified. The President will appoint 50 members who will exercise legislative and executive powers.
Marcos confused the two, and repeated insinuations that Iqbal is Malaysian. He said the alias issue makes the Philippines “the laughingstock of the world.”
To Ferrer, Iqbal’s use of an alias should not be a source of conflict or confusion.
“There is no other Mohagher Iqbal who signed the document. And he is not denying it is a contract, and this person affirms that he is a person who signed the contract of his organization,” she said.