Bongbong Marcos

“Is the Proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law the Answer to Long-Lasting Peace in Mindanao?” Sen. Bongbong’s Speech at the University of Caloocan City Political Science Forum

Bongbong Marcos Bangsamoro University of Caloocan City speech

Maraming salamat sa pagkumbida ninyo sa inyong lingkod, upang makasama kayo rito sa inyong Political Science Week dito sa ating mahal na University of Caloocan City.

For this morning’s forum, you ask me: “Is the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) the answer to long-lasting peace in Mindanao?

As any intelligent and diligent student would address a rather complex question:

“Sir, I would have to qualify my answer!”

If it is to pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law that shall govern our brothers and sisters in Muslim Mindanao, then YES, it is.

But if it refers to the Bangsamoro Basic Law in the exact shape and form as proposed by the Government, and as borne out of the negotiations between our Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), then, NO.

Why do I say that?

YES, because the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is presented to Congress, stems from a new yearning for change and a new expression of the will of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and agreed to by our Government in our nation’s contined quest for peace, order, stability in Muslim Mindanao.

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Bongbong to resume BBL hearing even if Congress ‘is at rest’

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos has vowed to conduct public hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) even if Congress “is at rest.”

This developed as Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte reportedly had agreed to pass the BBL by June.

“We can still continue working during the (adjournment). Pwede namang mag-hearing kahit na mag-break (ang Senado),” he said.

According to the legislative calendar for the Second Regular Session of the 16th Congress, the Senate will adjourn on March 21, 2015 until May 3, 2015 and the session will resume on May 4, 2015 until June 11, 2015. The current regular session will end on June 12, 2015.

The public hearing is part of the legislative process of Congress in enacting a bill into law.

Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, suspended public hearings on the BBL after the January 25 Mamasapano clash where 44 Special Action Force commandos were killed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

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Transcript: Radio interview with Joe Taruc on DZRH

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Sen. Bongbong: Good morning po sa lahat ng nakikinig.

Joe Taruc: Lahat may tanong nagkukumahog na madaliang pagpapatibay ng BBL samantalang hindi pa natatapos ang hearings na sinimulan natin tungkol sa Mamasapano incident, pati ‘yung report ng Board of Inquiry?

Sen. Bongbong: Hinihintay lang natin ‘yung report ng Board of Inquiry ng PNP at tsaka mayroon ding Board of Inquiry ng MILF. Tapos ‘yung mga committee report sa ngayon eh may mga kulang pa. Marami na tayong nalaman at nakuha doon sa mga hearing, sa inquiry, pero may mga tanong pa sa magkabilang panig.

Unang-una, ‘yung napag-usapan na po na chain of command doon sa PNP kung papaano ang nangyari doon dahil maliwanag na hindi sinundan ang chain of command, ang standard procedure. At dito nanggaling ang gulo sa gitna ng AFP at tsaka ng PNP na kaya hindi nakapag-coordinate ng mabuti dahil hindi maliwanag sa mga opisyal kung ano ‘yung kanilang mga katungkulan.

Dahil nga kung pangkaraniwang idinaan nila kay Gen. Espina at doon sa buong command structure ng PNP, eh alam na ng lahat ng opisyal kung ano ang gagawin nila, nakapag-coordinate sila ng mabuti.

Pero pinalitan ang sistema. Dumaan mula kay Pangulong Aquino, dumeretso sa suspendidong chief PNP na si General Purisima at tsaka deretso na kay General Napenas. Parang itinaboy na lang ‘yung buong command structure ng PNP.

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Transcript: Radio interview with former Senator Orly Mercado on Radyo 5

Sen. Orly Mercado: Good morning Senator Bongbong.

Sen. Bongbong: Good morning Ka Orly, good morning sa lahat ng nakikinig. Magandang umaga po.

Mercado: Okay, according to the news nag-usap daw ang Presidente ng Senado si Sen. Drilon at si Speaker Sonny Belmonte at bago yatang target ngayon para sa BBL ang June, that is the end of the 16th Congress?

Sen. Bongbong: Well yun ang sinasabi nila kasi nakikita namin na pwede nang mag-resume yung aming mga hearings dahil meron na tayong hearing sa House at saka meron na rin sa Senado tungkol sa Mamasapano massacre.

Kaya naman siguro meron na tayong pwedeng gamitin na mga conclusions at pwede sigurong pag-aralan na yung mga sections ng Bangsamoro Basic Law na hindi naman talaga naapektuhan nung Mamasapano incident.

Yung June baka kakayanin pero titingnan natin. Ako huli ako sa House, we are behind in terms of scheduling sa House dahil we were not able to conduct our hearings. Merong naka schedule noon na hearings as Jolo saka sa Zamboanga ngunit the security situation din mukhang magulo yata ng konti ngayon so we will have to wait hanggang mag-settle down.

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Rappler – Aquino urged: Explain ‘ill-defined chain of command’

Two senators say President Benigno Aquino III has the responsibility to explain to the public why he ‘created his own chain of command’ in the police force, which led to the Mamasapano tragedy.

By Ayee Macaraig | Rappler

Logo_RapplerSenators Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Grace Poe urged Aquino to explain why he “created his own chain of command” in the police force by talking to his close friend, then suspended police chief Alan Purisima, and Special Action Force (SAF) commander Getulio Napeñas while keeping the acting police chief in the dark.

Marcos said that violating the chain of command was the “root cause” of the lack of coordination between the police and the military, blamed as a factor in the death of 44 elite cops in the January 25 encounter with Moro rebels.

“We don’t know if he made a mistake or not. We want to know what he did and why he did this,” Marcos said on Monday, March 2. “Why did he institute, create this informal, ill-defined chain of command that caused all the problems?”

Marcos said it is not enough for Aquino to explain to lawmakers, as he did last week, by meeting with some members of the House of Representatives. Aquino met with the legislators, and said that Purisima disobeyed his order to loop in Philippine National Police (PNP) Officer in Charge Leonardo Espina in the mission to arrest top terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

“The people are waiting for an answer. Why did he do that? For all we know, he may have a very, very good reason. But we have to know what that reason is so we can understand what happened,” Marcos added.

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Manila Standard – Marcos tells students: Prepare for integration

By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has urged business educators and students to work together to prepare the country to face the challenges of the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region.

Marcos warned students that integration could be “cruel and competitive” and that they should prepare now rather than learn the hard way later “when all will be too late.”

He also urged educators to work hard to ensure that their graduates would have the skills to match or even surpass those from other Asean countries.

Marcos said Asean integration envisions one economic region with better inter-operability and interrelations among members characterized by a “free flow of capital and investments, free flow of goods, free flow of services and skilled labor.”

Speaking before the second A-BEST (Association of Business Educators and Students of the Philippines) National Congress at Subic Bay Travellers Hotel, Marcos urged the students to study hard and take to heart the lessons they learn in school.

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Transcript: Ambush interview with Senate Media

Bongbong Marcos - Ambush interview with Senate Media

Q: Nakita nyo ba yung video last Friday, yung supposedly nag leak na video, are you aware of it sir?

Sen. Bongbong: What video? No, I haven’t seen it.

Q: Yung video daw po na yun, yung meeting days after the incident?

Sen. Bongbong:  I haven’t seen it but I’ve read about it, I know which one you are referring to.

Q: Napenas was telling that he was coordinating with Pres. Aquino and coordinating also with Chief Allan (Purisima)?

Sen. Bongbong: Yeah. Actually hindi naman bago yan. It has been known that meron silang sinabi na mga meetings between Gen. Napenas, with the President and suspended Chief PNP Alan Purisima. So I think that’s clear na yun ang nangyari. Sa palagay ko pwede na tayong makapag-conclude dun sa ating narinig sa mga hearing ng committee ni Sen. Grace, maliwanag na nagkaproblema talaga.

Let’s say, umpisahan natin dun sa PNP-AFP side, nagkaproblema talaga sa coordination. Sa palagay ko nakita naman ng lahat na yung AFP nung nalaman nilla na kailangan ng tulong ng SAF ay ginawa talaga nilang lahat para makatulong. Yun lamang, hindi sapat dahil nga nagkagulo-gulo yung coordination.

Ang puno’t dulo ng lahat ay nagkagulo-gulo ang coordination dahil hindi nasundan ang chain of command. Dahil imbes na dumaan sa acting chief PNP, dumaan sa mga commander ng PNP, para ma-arrange nga lahat itong mga coordination.

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GMA News Online – Bongbong wants comprehensive peace process, says BBL needs to be improved

By Amita O. Legaspi | GMA News Online


Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday expressed his commitment to a comprehensive peace process as he reiterated his stance that the pending Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) needs to be improved.

In a press statement, Marcos urged the government not to blink in the peace process effort and make it a strong deterrent to armed encounters pending the forging of a final peace agreement.

“Whatever happens, we must continue the peace process because the alternative is war. If we do not continue the peace process, if we do not come to some kind of agreement, we will have a Mamasapano (clash) every week, every month, every day,” he said.

Forty-four policemen were killed on January 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, when an operation to arrest two terrorist targets resulted in an encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has signed a peace agreement with the government.

Congress has temporarily stopped the deliberation on the BBL following the clash.

President Benigno Aquino III has reportedly asked the members of the House of Representatives not to dilute the BBL too much.

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A comprehensive peace process will spare us from another Mamasapano, Sen. Bongbong says

A comprehensive peace process will spare us from another Mamasapano, Sen. Bongbong says

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has warned that violence like the Mamasapano incident will not stop as long as no final peace agreement is forged.

Marcos aired the concern, even as he urged the government not to blink in the peace process effort and make it a strong deterrent to arm encounters pending the forging of a final peace agreement.

“Whatever happens, we must continue the peace process because the alternative is war. If we do not continue the peace process, if we do not come to some kind of agreement, we will have a Mamasapano (clash) every week, every month, everyday,” Marcos said in a speech during the “District Conference 2015” of the Rotary Club District 3820 held on Saturday at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

He said that although the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is being carefully studied by the Senate Committee on Local Government, which he chairs, the measure is “merely part of the peace process and what the terrible Mamasapano tragedy has brought out is very clearly that it is not the only part of the peace process.”

“The creation of the Bangsamoro government perhaps would be many steps in that direction but it will not bring us to the end result yet. We still have to think about all the other things that need to be done. We will try as best as we can to include all of those ideas, all of those principles, and all of those concepts in the BBL so that when it is finally passed and that is something we are going to be working on, the BBL is robust and can withstand any mistakes or obstacles,” Marcos said.

He said he would likewise look deeper into the root cause of the complaints of Muslim Mindanaoans and the reason behind the continued rebellion and secession movement.

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Speech at the Rotary Club of the Philippines District 3820

Thank you for that very kind introduction. I would like to greet the officers and those who have been kind enough to invite me to your annual convention. The district governor Jojo de Guia Jr., the representative of Rotary International, the president’s representative, IPDG Kong Shiu Chen, the past and present district governors and I mean everybody from the PDGs, the DGGs, the PPs, the BCPs etc. as well as all the members of the Rotary Club District 3820 as well as their lovely Anns and handsome spouses here today. Other illustrious guest speakers with whom I am sharing the stage, esteemed guests and friends, ladies and gentlemen, magandang tanghali po sa inyong lahat.

Maraming salamat po sa Rotary Club District 3820 sa inyong mainit na pagbati at pati na rin sa inyong pagkumbida sa inyong lingcod upang makasama kayong lahat sa inyong district conference sa taong 2015. Isang malaking karangalan sa akin ng makasama kayo sa umagang ito. Ito ay hindi lamang dahil sa aking kaalamang na katanyagan ng inyong grupo kundi na rin dahil sa kanyang malakas na impluwensiya at magandang reputasyon sa ating lipunan. Kaya naman minarapat ko sa kabila ng aking mahigpit na schedule na makahanap ng oras para samahan kayo sa inyong discon ngayon.

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