Inquirer.net – Hearings on the Bangsamoro law halted after MILF killing of 30 cops

By Maila Ager | Inquirer.net

Logo_Inquirer.netMANILA, Philippines – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos stopped on Monday all discussions and hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) after the killing by MILF of 30 policemen in Mindanao on Sunday.

“I decided to suspend indefinitely all discussions related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law until this is clarified,” said Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government.

He explained, “We cannot in conscience proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the South.”

Early Sunday morning, members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front reportedly killed at least 30 members of the PNP’s Special Action Force in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao.

The policemen were reportedly out to serve warrants for the arrest of two Malaysian members of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiya when they clashed with MILF members.

Reports said some of the dead policemen were mutilated.

“A peace agreement cannot be legislated under the threat of such extreme violence. Violence has no room in a civilized society,” Marcos said.

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