13 senators sign as co-authors of Bangsamoro law

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MEMBERS of the majority in the Senate on Monday expressed their support for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law by having their name included as co-authors of the measure that aims to bring lasting peace and progress in Mindanao.

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Senate Bill (SB) 2408 is expected to be referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government headed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the Senate Committee on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation headed by Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd.

Senate President Franklin Drilon, said the broad support the BBL is getting from the Senate shows that peace knows no political color and the people can rest assured that the Senate will scrutinize the measure.

The proposed BBL, which was submitted by President Benigno Aquino 3rd to Congress last week, was signed by 13 members of the chamber including four members of the minority bloc led by Deputy Minority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd.

All 13 lawmakers are listed as co-authors of SB 2408, which seeks to establish a separate Bangsamoro entity replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in a bid to end years of conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao.

Aside from Sotto and fellow minority bloc senators Nancy Binay, Joseph Victor Ejercito and Gregorio Honasan, the other senators who signed as co-authors include Guingona, Ralph Recto, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Pia Cayetano.

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  1. How can there be a parliamentary rule in Mindanao as desired by BBL under one Constitution existing as democratic form of gov’t ? Read news report that one of the panel member of BBL stated ” We are fighting for an Independent state , an Islamic state.” and we will recruit other rebels like BIFF AbuSayaf if not materialized ( threatening tone ). when he was interviewed. BBL contract did not indicate ” that they will fully turn in their firearms ” and if they truly want peace in Mindanao, firearms and private armies should not be allowed altogether. Sharia law must not be included. With ISIS growing around the world, BBL could be a prelude (introduction) to ISIS /ISIL. and be used as a disguise.by BBL. Hopefully Sen. Marcos, Santiago and others will carefully scrutinize the hidden agenda they have.

  2. I read the Bangsamoro law, and I’m not S T U P I D to sign it if i were you, most of this people who sign the Law, specially the 13 senator are just afraid to loose in the election, they sign the law to show to the muslim in mindanao that the law is OK even though it will be disaster in the nation, I Know a lot of them, and they call them Makapili. I want you to remember on the time of Marcos when the peace agreenment take place in Mindanao, and what happened next, all the officer who was their was all shot by the muslim,. If you are a good in reading history, you will discovered that the muslim from the beginning dont hold on their promises. Its not Because they are Muslim, its because their religion dont acknowlege the cristian no matter what.

    • nod if you agree on

      We over estimate the 13 senators who signed.
      Nobody among the 13 actually read the BBL, they did what they were paid to do… Just SIGN, and then you have a few million more at your disposal.