Are some so-called ‘Christian advocates of the BBL’ just humoring the MILF?

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THE print and broadcast media almost every day–including The Times–run stories about “Muslim and Christian advocates” of the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law demonstrating and giving speeches.

Most of the time, the appeals made by these lovers of peace is for Congress to pass the BBL without qualifying if the law to be passed should be the original drafted by the

lawyers of the MILF and slightly modified by BS Aquino’s people or one that has been thoroughly studied and debated upon by the congressmen and the senators and pruned of all the provisions that defy our Constitution and the existing laws of our Republic.

In the latest issue of Luwaran, the online publication of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, there is an editorial titled “Pass a good BBL now!” It has the dateline “Sunday, Feb 01 2015” and the byline “Written by Editorial Desk.”


Here it is in full, solecisms unedited. We are running it here to show that perhaps the MILF’s Luwaran editors are more clear-minded than the so-called “Christian advocates” of the BBL who do not bother to mention the problem of its constitutionality. This Luwaran editorial, which does not define what “a good BBL” is, at least spends its last paragraph trying to dispel worries about its unconstitutionality.

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Pass a good BBL now!
Proceeding and passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is the only option open to all of us now. Any hesitancy breeds more complications.

Like a good driver, the focus must be on how to reach the destination while seeing and minding all the sides of the road, including looking back using the mirrors.

Never mind the detractors, obstructionists, and even outright spoilers; they are always part of the whole journey. It is better to appreciate their inseparability to the process rather than to accumulate remorse in our hearts and hate them, especially if done openly.

Never mind also those people including politicians and church people who said that they were not consulted! Checked with actual facts their voices can be easily doubted. Alone, the Mindanao Civil Society Organization Platform for Peace (MCSOPP), one of the partners of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), had conducted 625 dialogues or consultations on the BBL not only in Mindanao but also in other parts of this country. In one way or the other, those politicians and religious personalities were involved in these dialogues, if not in the MCOPP’s but surely in those held by government, MILF and other entities supporting the BBL and the peace process in general.

The truth is that it is impossible to talk to and consult everyone in this country. If these leaders of people are real and responsible, they should not wait to be consulted but instead they should and must seek for a dialogue themselves. National interests demand of us to set aside our egos and work for the common good.

The BBL is not an ordinary legislation. It is a product of 17 long years of an on-and-off negotiations frequently interrupted by fierce fighting between government and MILF forces. It is a legal document based on political documents, the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), signed by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Any deviation from the letter and spirit of these agreements which the BBL has fully captured is consequential.

This is the reason that it is always our firm belief that Congress has the collective wisdom to pass a good BBL. This BBL is intended to solve a political problem, the Bangsamoro Problem or Question that stays with us for decades or even centuries.

On the constitutionality of the BBL, it is better to hear and heed the voices of the surviving members of the 1987 Constitution, including former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Hilario Davide Jr. and Fr. Joaquin Bernas, who said that the vision, spirit and the core principles behind the provisions on autonomous regions which constitute the essential constitutionality of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

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Still, we do not think Mr. Davide’s and Fr. Bernas’ general statements are enough to correct the unconstitutional and illegal provisions of the BBL and the horrific anti-Philippine Republic contents of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro of which the BBL is to serve as the enabling legislation.

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6 Comments

  1. danilo de leon on

    junk the bbl. its nothing but a scam. why make the country hostage to a situation where the whole nation will be made to bear the burden of subsidizing a sub state for one particular religious/ ethnic group who cant even agree among themselves. replacing one set of governing thugs (mnlf) with another (milf/biff/abusayaf) will not fix the problem in the south.

  2. So,people in Bangsa Moro territory will be governed by sharia law , two justice system ? Wow no wonder why we are screwed . I can see the future , a totally independent Bangsa Moro
    Republic of Mindanao .

  3. We have a series of agreements signed by two parties not representing the majority of either side. A political deal was struck to further the ambitions of the two parties. This deal is against the laws of the land and contrary to public opinion. Put a peace process in place that is subject to public input or just fix the ARMM, without taking the power away from the MNLF and handing it over to the MILF. The government should not favor one minority armed camp against another. It should support the general public who is the majority. The BBL and the underlying agreements have to be killed. It is not a road to peace. It is a road that leads to future, more severe conflicts. Establish law and order and peace will follow for all.

  4. Whether the BBL is unconstitutional or not, the Bangsamoro Entity enabling law is good only for the leaders of the Maguindanao MILF and Aquino. We can never attain peace in Mindanao with so many issues not being resolved and not integrated with the peace process. Issues such as the Sultan’s family claim on Sabah, the Abu Sayyaf and BIFF lawless activities and the Misuari MNLF growing army who are openly advocating independence for Mindanao. Now, Aquino is using taxpayer’s money particularly the lump sums in the new budget to bribe congress to railroad the BBL not really for peace but for Aquino’s legacy.

  5. Hayaan natin silang mabuhay ng maayos sa sarili nilang lupain!wag tayong maging manunupil at mananakop ng pag-aari ng iba!
    Tanggapin natin hindi tayo nakatira doon!
    Napakinabangang na ng mga sakim na business man ang lugar na ito!
    Kaya nagkakagulo sa lahat ng lugar dahil sa mga sakim na negosyante na ginagamit ang military para sa kanilang kasakiman!
    Kung ang mga mambabatas ay hindi nakipagsabwatan sa mga negosyante at ang mga Official na mga sakim di sana magulo ang bayan ni Juan!!
    Lahat ng gulo ay nagmula sa mga kasakiman ng tao!!
    Kaya mag-isip naman tayo ng mabuti para sa mga nagtutubo na winalangya ng mga ganid na namamahala ng gobyerno!!

  6. journey? can a vehicle proceed to its journey if it ran over even a single person unless it is an ambulance or a fire truck? how can a drafted law based on quran can be passed by the government which law based on civilized law?