Atty. Rasol Mitmug, Jr. is a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. He was appointed by President Rogrido Duterte in September 2019. As a member of the Parliament, he and the 77 other MPs are responsible for drafting key legislations for the new Bangsamoro Government. He is currently a member of the Special Committee on Marawi, the Committee on Labor and Employment, and Vice Chairperson of both the Committee on Basic, Higher, and Technical Education, and the Committee on Science and Technology. He is also the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Science Education. His current focus are the priority codes, transitional justice, Shari’ah, halal, Islamic finance, health, and education.
Before becoming a member of the Parliament, he served as Regional Secretary of the Department of Education of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Chief of Staff and Assistant Executive Secretary of the Office of the Regional Governor-ARMM, Assemblyman of First District of Lanao del Sur (appointed), Speaker of the Regional Legislative Assembly, and consultant for Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III.
As Speaker of the 7th Assembly, he spearheaded the collection and publication of the entire volume of laws legislated by the 1st to the 7th Assembly.
He authored Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act 298 (Youth Day), and co-authored other legislations, such as MMAA 288 (creating the Regional Human Rights Commission, now the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission), MMAA 293 (Free Birth Registration in ARMM), MMAA 296 (establishing the Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Mosque as a historical landmark), MMAA 297 (providing cooperative development for farmers in ARMM), MMAA 299 (forming the ARMM Regional Merit and Achievement Award for exemplary individuals) and MMAA 303 (strengthening the Basic Education System in ARMM).
“No matter how long it will take us, we will not stop talking for peace and working for peace. We are responsible to correct those preconceived notions. It is crucial and imperative to know what they already know, and from that, we build what they know.”
Atty. Mitmug graduated with a degree in Political Science from Ateneo de Manila University, and completed his law degree at Ateneo Law School-Rockwell. His fields of expertise include Law, Development Administration, Human Rights, Project Management, Planning, and Economics. Mitmug is also a Career Executive Service Officer, a third-level eligibility conferred by the Civil Service Commission. He also just recently completed his training as a Philippine Navy reservist.
Apart from his legislative work, Atty. Mitmug has been passionate about advancing the interests of Muslim Filipinos, actively volunteering with the Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN) since 2001, the Alliance of Muslim Advocates of the Law (AMAL) since 2007, and the Islamic Medical Association of the Philippines (IMAN). He has worked on cases involving discrimination and mistaken arrests of Moros. He has extended and lent his support to a multitude of youth organizations and civil society groups working on the peace process, education, public policy, gov’t reform, and other various advocacies.
Atty. Mitmug has roots in both Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur (through his father, the late Commissioner Rasol L. Mitmug), and Cotabato City (through his mother, Estrellita). His growth and life experiences in a large extended family, with diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, has perhaps given him a unique position from which to understand and appreciate the Bangsamoro struggle and the importance of dialogue, tolerance, and respect.
Atty. Mitmug collects books, art, and locally made furniture. He is an art and tech enthusiast, often favoring the works of up and coming local artists. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, gaming, and playing the piano.
He is a loving husband to his wife and fellow lawyer, Ashrafia, and a doting father to their three children: a daughter and two sons.