Manila Bulletin - BBL won’t bring peace to PH – Sen. Marcos

News & Interviews
31 January 2016

By Nonoy Lacson | Manila  Bulletin

Manila-BulletinThe Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) being pushed by Malacañang Palace is “foolishness”. This was how Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. described the bill which Malacañang wanted Congress to pass.

Sen. Marcos, chair of Senate Committee on Local Government said the measure which aims to end the Mindanao insurgency problem with the Moros will not in any way bring peace to Mindanao and the whole country and with Congress to close session on February 3, BBL is already dead in the Senate.

The senator claimed during his brief visit to this city last Sunday, that the Basic Law in Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region or BLBAR, was just meant to complete the government’s peace initiative in southern Philippines, but the measure will not bring peace and development to troubled areas in Mindanao. The people of Mindanao both Muslims and Christians will not benefit from it and it will only sow divisiveness among the people in Mindanao.

“The BBL issue is dead. We have a substitute bill for the benefit of the people of Mindanao and the whole country and is fair to everyone. It is a 150-page bill. The new bill is called BLBAR,” Marcos said.

In a related development, Sulu 1st district Rep. Habib Tupay Loong yesterday lamented that after all the efforts in pushing for the adoption of the BBL, the measure has no more chance of being passed by the House of Representative due to lack of time and quorum.

“We are deeply saddened that, after more than 17 years of arduous negotiation between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF to bring lasting and acceptable peace to Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL, as an instrument of implementing the peace agreement, has no more chance to be passed in the Lower House,” Rep. Loong, chair of the Committee on Muslim Affairs at the Lower House said.

Rep. Loong said the BBL has been thoroughly deliberated upon during the many committee hearings as well as during the numerous public hearings conducted in various parts of the country involving different sectors of society.

The hearings he said have resulted in the revisions and amendments of so many provisions to conform to the constitution, including provisions already embodied in RA 9054 or ARMM Organic Act.

Yet, the BBL could not be passed, not only because of so many unwarranted suspicions and mistrust on the Bangsamoro people, but because of lack of interest of so many members of the House of Representatives, he added.