Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said his panel will tackle the report of the so-called “Citizen’s Peace Council” at the resumption of their hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) today, May 5.
“We want to look closer into the findings and recommendations of the peace council, particular those that would help in our task of crafting a version of the BBL that would ensure peace in Muslim Mindanao,” Marcos said.
Prior to the hearing the peace council will formally submit its report to Marcos and Senate President Franklin Drilon.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today called for a review of the law on anti-trafficking in persons and the performance of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).
“The case of Mary Jane Veloso serves as a rude awakening for all of us that despite our efforts much remains to be done to combat all forms of human trafficking,” Marcos said.
Convicted for bringing in over 2 kilos of heroin in Indonesia, Veloso was due for execution along with eight other foreigners Tuesday but got a last-minute reprieve to allow her to testify against a “perpetrator suspected of human trafficking”.
Ako at ang aking buong pamilya ay bumabati sa manggagawang Pilipino sa buong mundo sa okasyong ito ng pandaigdigang pagdiriwang ng “Araw ng Paggawa.”
Ang manggagawang Pilipino ay kabahagi sa paghubog ng kasaysayan at pangunahing sektor na pumapanday ng kaunlaran ng ating bansa.
Mula sa unang obrero na dinadakila bilang bayani sa katauhan ni Gat Andres Bonifacio hanggang sa mga overseas Filipino workers na mga bagong bayani, tunay na hindi matatawaran ang inyong ambag sa ebolusyon ng ating lahi.
The final Senate draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be embedded with provisions promoting the development of tribal groups that will be put under the jurisdiction of the autonomous Bangsamoro authority.
This developed as Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. assured the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), or indigenous cultural communities, that the BBL will safeguard IPs’ interests and “won’t let you down” as he is now preparing inputs in the form of provisions protecting their rights, promoting their welfare, and preserving their culture and territories.
“The final Senate version of the BBL won’t let you (IPs) down. The all-inclusive peace process that I envision, in which the BBL is a major component, is not complete if the IPs are left out,” Marcos said.
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Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. vowed to put an ironclad guarantee in the Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensure it will not be used as a launching pad for separatism by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government tackling the BBL, told Karen Davila in an interview over ANC that he will put back in the BBL an anti-separatist provision found in the organic law creating the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
He noted widespread suspicions on the sincerity of the MILF to pursue the peace process, especially the concern that they are using the BBL as a first step to separate from the Philippines.
“The territorial integrity of the republic must be ensured,” Marcos said.
Karen Davila: Joining us this morning is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. Welcome.
Sen. Bongbong: Thank you! Good morning.
Davila: What do you make of the MILF statement that it did not commit any crime, they will not surrender any of the charged members?
Sen. Bongbong: Well, I think that it is certainly unhelpful. Sana naman binigyan ng importansya ang findings ng NBI, ng DOJ. The least that they could have done was to say that they would work with the DOJ because as of now, it’s all speculative. They say that there are 90 named that could be charged. So far we don’t know exactly who those people are, what their charges will be. I don’t think the DOJ has filed any charges yet. So it would have been more circumspect on the MILF side had they waited as to what DOJ had decided to do. Had they worked together as well with the DOJ, they could have simplified matters.
Maraming salamat po sa pagkumbida sa inyong lingkod upang makasama kayo rito sa inyong National Convention!
Medyo kakaiba po ang aking pakiramdam ngayon—at malamang kayo rin—dahil alam naman nating lahat na we come from different sides of the fence in the government. I am from the legislative branch, whereas you all hail from the judiciary.
So I won’t even dare lecture to you today and will keep my remarks as short as possible, as requested by your President, Sheriff Labayani. Para naman hindi ako maakusahan ng paglabag sa “principles separation of powers and judicial autonomy”, at para hindi rin magtampo sa inyo ang ating Chief Justice!
Higit sa lahat, ang takot ko kasi ay baka ako ay makasuhan sa Korte Suprema ng petition for certiorari or prohibition under Rule 65 on the ground of “grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction”!
Kaya anuman ang mga sasabihin ko sa inyo ngayong umaga, treat them as mere “ADVICE” or “SUGGESTIONS”—and not an “ORDER”—‘ika nga ng magaling na pangangatwiran ni former PNP Director-General Purisima!
Thank you very much for inviting me to join you in this very momentous occasion in the lives not only of our graduating students but also of their parents and loved ones.
I share in the abundant joy that all of you are feeling right now. Just like all of you here, I too am moved by this morally uplifting occasion. On the one hand, as a legislator and policymaker, I stand here as a firsthand witness to the high quality of State education in the Philippines. On the other hand, as a parent, I am also reminded of the importance of the unparalleled gift and legacy of education that we painstakingly strive to pass on to our children.
With this ultimate emblem of self-improvement, we are reassured by the fact that our graduates are now decidedly armed with a very crucial and important tool to survive their own personal economic challenges awaiting them in the real world out there.
Cracks in public trust for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continue to widen and a total collapse of confidence looms if the group will continue to defy the law.
This was the reaction of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to the statement of MILF Vice Chairman for Political Affairs Ghadzali Jaafar that they have no plans of surrendering their fighters who will be charged criminally for their involvement in the Mamasapano incident last January 25 where 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers were killed.
“Vice Chairman Jaafar’s statement clearly shows no respect for the rule of law and a blatant disregard to the feeling of the people crying out for justice for the SAF (Special Action Force) killed by the MILF fighters in Mamasapano. This will not help in regaining the people’s trust in them,” Marcos said in a statement.