ABS-CBN – Bongbong: No MILF report, no BBL hearings

By ABS-CBNnews.com

abscbn_thumbMANILA – Senator Bongbong Marcos on Monday reminded the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that his committee’s hearings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not resume until the group submits its own report on the Mamasapano clash.

Marcos said the reports of the MILF, Philippine National Police, and Armed Forces of the Philippines are needed so the Senate Committee on Public Order can make its report on the Mamasapano clash.

Marcos, chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, immediately suspended deliberations on the BBL following the Mamasapano clash which left 44 elite police commandos dead.

”Gusto na natin balikan ang hearings ng BBL at hindi matutuloy ito hangga’t ma-kumpleto ang report mula sa PNP, AFP, MILF, at sa iba’t ibang ahensya. I am just inquiring, we will wait for your report, para mas ma-expedite, maaga tayong makarating sa hearings ng BBL,” Marcos told MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal.

MILF fighters have been accused of deliberately killing 44 Special Action Force troops who were out to arrest Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25.

The Mamasapano clash has put in peril the passage of the BBL, which aims to establish an autonomous Bangsamoro region that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Congress was originally aiming to pass the proposed measure in March.

90 percent finished

Iqbal said the MILF is 90% done with the report, but ”there are issues that would require further validation on the ground.”

Iqbal added that the group would need a go signal from MILF chair Al haj Murad Ebrahim, who is currently in Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage, for the release of the report.

”I don’t know when he will be coming back, because that would require the official go signal of the chairman. We still have to observe the protocols of the peace process regarding the result of the investigation,” Iqbal said.

The MILF has blamed the SAF for not informing it about the police raid. The group has also come under fire after it was discovered that Marwan was staying in a supposedly MILF-controlled area.

This discovery has put the commitment of the MILF to the peace talks in question.

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