Manila Bulletin – Talk of peace, not war – Marcos tells MILF

By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

ManilaBulletinOnlineSenator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate  local government committee, appealed yesterday to the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to refrain from issuing threats or hints of war if the Aquino administration’s proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would be diluted or not passed by Congress.

Marcos reminded the MILF that violence only begets violence and peace can only be achieved through peaceful means.

“Statements that war will be renewed or to that effect are uncalled for if the BBL is not passed in its present form or diluted. Any effort to achieve peace could only be realized under an atmosphere of calm, cooperation and understanding. We have come this close to realizing the aspiration of our Muslim and Christian brothers. We should not let this opportunity slip our hands,” Marcos said.

Marcos recalled that even President Aquino in March reportedly warned of “body bags” if the BBL is not passed.

In a privilege speech last Wednesday that followed his committee hearing on the BBL, Marcos rejected the BBL as drafted by the MILF and the Office of the President Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) because it has many flaws, including the question of its constitutionality.

While Marcos was not optimistic of the BBL being passed by the Senate before it adjourns sine die on Thursday, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon conceded the BBL might be passed in October.

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