COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman has appealed to legislators to conduct a careful and thorough study of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
In a statement sent to The Manila Times on Friday, Hataman said, “we are concerned over raised apprehensions that the substitute version no longer stand(s) for the aspirations of the Moro people for a genuine independence and self-rule.”
Hataman who used to be a street parliamentarian and was an Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party-list representative also said, “We take note of how precarious the current situation, and a diluted BBL will only worsen the lives of Moro people in Mindanao.”
The ARMM governor said he is therefore appealing to the lawmakers especially some of his former colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass a BBL that will result in the creation of a political entity that is way better than ARMM.
“Anything lesser than ARMM will not solve the problem of Mindanao and the Moro people,” Hataman emphasized. In fact his native province of Basilan is one of the five components of ARMM as a Muslim autonomous region that would be replaced by the new Bangsamoro entity once the BBL is passed.
Hataman noted that Republic Act 9054 or the ARMM Expanded Organic Act restricted the regional government’s implementation of its development goals and reform agenda.
“We appeal for them to reflect on the lives of the Moro people in Mindanao who will directly suffer from the gaps in the delivery of services once a weak and diluted law is passed,” Hataman said.
Meanwhile, Rolando Torres, executive director of the Mindanao Business Council said in a separate statement that the BBL seeks to lay down a strong foundation for peace and development in the Bangsamoro and in Mindanao.
“Through the BBL we see the Bangsamoro region and Mindanao finally catching up and even contributing to the growth of the country as a whole. If we achieve that, it will not just be a legacy of the Aquino administration, it will be the legacy of the entire Filipino nation to all other generations to come,” Torres added.