Den Macaranas: Kayo ho ay naghain dati ng panukala na i-postpone ang SK elections? Ano ho ba ang latest dito?
Sen. Bongbong: Ang latest dito, kung maalala natin, nung Oktubre 2013 dapat magkaroon ng SK elections. E yun lamang, nagkaroon ng mainit na diskusyon dahil maraming nagsasabi na hindi maganda ang sistema ng SK at hindi maganda ang nagiging training para sa mga kabataan. E pinakinggan naman namin yun kaya namin pinostpone. Sabi namin e bigyan natin ang sarili natin ng konting panahon para makapag diskusyon at mapag-aralan kung papano ma-reporma ang SK at para maging maganda nga ang patakbo ng SK. That was last year, ang naging deadline nga namin is February para maghalalan ulit. E hanggang ngayon ang nangyayari e pinapaspasan na namin para naman matapos bago etong parating na eleksyon na naka schedule ng Pebrero.
Kaya’t nagmeeting kami ng mga counterpart namin sa House of Representatives, mga congressman, at pinag-usapan namin kahapon kung papano ang aming gagawin para matapos namin sa loob ng deadline yung reporma ng SK. Marami kaming mga proposals. Isang taon na ito, labis na sa isang taon naming pinag-aaralan ito, at mukha namang meron kaming pinag-agreehan, mukha namang pareho din ang isipan ng Senado at ng House. It was just a question na matapos in time.
I would like to appeal, as a peace-loving citizen, to everybody to refrain from issuing statements that would foment hate and cause violent actions as a result of what happened in Maguindao.
It is always wise to stay calm and exercise sobriety especially at this time when the elusive peace in Mindanao is within reach.
While I understand the strong indignation amongst our people, our judgment on who is to blame should be based on facts and truth, which we, at this time, do not possess.
Pending the availability of facts surrounding the violent incident, I am holding in abeyance any judgment. Neither will I issue a conclusion pointing fingers at anybody. I hope everybody will exercise the same prudence.
I am calling for a probe on the incident to be jointly conducted by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front using and applying the mechanism duly agreed upon under the ceasefire agreement.
Sen. Bongbong: I think there were some questions as to what the status is of the hearings of the BBL. Well, it was with great surprise and much concern that we heard of the news of the killing of 27 policemen who were conducting a raid..
Q: 50 na po, official po sa www.interaksyon…
Sen. Bongbong: So what is the number now? Last night was 30 and then this morning was 27.
Q: Walang official pa sir, sa military. Walang official sir…
Sen. Bongbong: Yun na nga mukhang hindi maliwanag, but in any case-
Q: 50 na po according to the PNP.
Sen. Bongbong: That’s even more horrifying. It’s now 50. The count is speculative but never mind. It just makes it a more horrific piece of news, na ngayon naging 50 na sinasabi. And that’s a very large number of people to have been killed and it seems there are no survivors. Again, the intelligence information is still very unclear, the actual situation on the ground is hindi maliwanag. So with this in mind, immediately the security question as to how we will conduct the hearings, in the proposed hearings in Jolo and Zamboanga immediately comes into question. So until we have clarified, I have asked that we suspend all the hearings on BBM in the South because the security situation has not yet been assessed.
But other scheduled hearings under the committee of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago focusing on the constitutionality of the proposed law pushes through.
By Angela Casauay | Rappler
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Following the clash between special police forces and Muslim rebels in Maguindanao, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong Marcos Jr on Monday, January 26, suspended “indefinitely” hearings on the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law under his committee scheduled in Mindanao.
A related hearing focusing on the constitutionality of the measure led by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, head of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, pushed through Monday.
Marcos is handling the main committee tackling the law but Santiago is also leading her own hearings to tackle the legality of the measure.
Marcos was scheduled to hold hearings in Jolo and Zamboanga next week. Meanwhile, another hearing under his committee set for Tuesday, January 27, will push through.
By Amita Legaspi | GMA News Online
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chair of the Senate committee on local government, on Monday suspended the discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as he condemned the use of violence by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front against forces of the Philippine National Police on Sunday.
On Sunday, at least 30 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) were killed in an ambush by members of the MILF in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao. The PNP personnel were on the trail of suspected international terrorists believed to be hiding inside one of the camps of the Moro rebel group.
As of Monday morning, the number of SAF fatalies had risen to 50, according to Senior Superintendent Noel Armilla, director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
In suspending the hearings, Marcos said: “I decided to suspend indefinitely all discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law until this is clarified.”
“We cannot, in conscience, proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the south. A peace agreement cannot be legislated under the threat of such extreme violence. Violence has no room in a civilized society,” he added.
By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez and Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines – Congress has suspended all hearings on the adoption of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, a requirement for the eventual creation of a new Bangsamoro entity that is part of the plan to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao.
The decision of both Houses of Congress followed a “mis-encounter” in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that killed 50 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces Sunday. The MILF is the body that is negotiating with the Philippine government.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. made the decision for the Senate when on Monday he suspended all remote hearings for the BBL.
“I decided to suspend indefinitely all discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law until this is clarified. We cannot in conscience proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the south. A peace agreement cannot be legislated under the threat of such extreme violence. Violence has no room in a civilized society,” he said.
Marcos, who chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government, also strongly condemned the use of violence by the MILF against government forces who were on the hunt against suspected international terrorists believed to be hiding inside one of the camps of the Muslim rebel group.
“I condemn the dastardly massacre,” Marcos said in a statement.