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Sun Star - Marcos may ask for suspension of warrant vs Misuari

In The News
10 September 2014

Sun Star

sunstarSENATOR Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. was mulling to ask for the suspension of the warrant of arrest against fugitive Nur Misuari so that he could participate in the hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Marcos, in an interview in Malacanang after President Benigno Aquino III's formal submission of the draft BBL to congressional leaders, said that he wanted all concerned sectors and individuals to participate in the deliberation of the BBL.

The senator is the chairman of the Senate committee on local government, which will handle the inquiry on the proposed BBL.

"Although he (Misuari) is still wanted in the sense that (there's) a warrant against him, we are thinking about allowing a suspension of that to allow Chairman Nur Misuari to come and speak and give us his idea because if you remember the Zamboanga uprising was precisely a product of the MN[LF] (Moro National Liberation Front) feeling that they were left out of the process," he said.

"So, let us allow him in the process because clearly it will not succeed unless both MI(LF) (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) and MN(LF) are not part of the process."

Members of MNLF faction under Misuari attacked Zamboanga City in September last year resulting to death of about 200 people, mostly the armed militants.

Misuari's group expressed opposition on the peace agreement between the government and the MILF.

A warrant of arrest against Misuari was issued by a local court in Zamboanga City for allegedly masterminding the deadly siege.

Apart from holding the hearings at the Senate, Marcos said that there will also be hearings on the proposed BBL in affected areas in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon, in a separate interview in Malacanang, assured for the passage of the BBL by first quarter of next year.

"The Bangsamoro Basic Law will have bipartisan support in the Senate," he said, noting that during the ceremonial turnover of the draft BBL to Congress, Minority Leader Senator Vicente Sotto III was also present.

He said that it would already be difficult to pass the law by the end of the year because the Senate was busy on the approval of the proposed 2015 budget.

"We are giving ourselves until the first quarter of next year (to pass the BBL)," Drilon said, adding that there would still be enough time to hold a plebiscite and to put the Bangsamoro Transition Authority before the 2016 election in the Bangsamoro region.