Bangsamoro law delay worries MILF

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THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has expressed apprehension over Malacañang’s delay in reviewing the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but the group continues to hold on to the commitment of President Benigno Aquino 3rd that the BBL will be enacted into law.

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“That is our concern. We have long brought out the delay in public,” MILF Vice Chairman for Political Affairs Ghadzale Jaafar said on Sunday.

He noted that the BBL is the backbone for the creation of an autonomous Bangsamoro government.

It was earlier reported that Malacañang’s legal team has finished reviewing the draft BBL and returned it to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) with its comments and amendments.

“I think this is a way of Malacañang telling us that they have some reservations on some provisions of the BBL or they are telling us about their views on certain points of the BBL if ever they make some changes,” Jaafar said.

Earlier, the MILF in its website said the peace agreement between the government and the MILF is a rare opportunity that “knocks on your doorsteps only once.”

“If the two parties do not grab this opportunity or if they fail by their own making, the future might change dramatically, not in the liking of the MILF, because it has already adopted a policy of staying engaged in the path of peace. But there are other armed groups or even the enviers who feast on the failure of the peace efforts,” it added.

“But even without wanting to wash their ‘dirty linen’ in the open, people’s minds are already wandering to suspect the comments made by the Office of the President [OP] especially its legal team on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law [BBL] crafted by the MILF-led Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] as causing the delay,” the group said.

But Malacañang also on Sunday said it is rushing to complete the review of the BBL.

According to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., they also want to make sure that the proposed law’s provisions are constitutional and will pass congressional scrutiny.

“We are cognizant of the intricacies attendant to the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. The review by the Office of the President revealed that there is a need for fine-tuning certain provisions of the draft law. This is to ensure that possible questions and issues are addressed adequately and that the draft law will pass congressional scrutiny,” Coloma said.

“If there will be serious legal challenges to [the proposed law], it would also delay the implementation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law,” he added.

Despite the delay, the Palace official gave assurances that the bill will be passed this year.

“This is really a priority. It is a matter of urgency,” Coloma said.

“President Aquino has pushed for the passage of the bill within the year so we can hold a plebiscite in the first quarter of 2015,” he added.

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  1. Alejo Rosete on

    Forget all about this Bangsa Moro (MILF) agreement. Just go back to the “Peace Agreement with the MNLF.

    This MILF agreement was only used for President BS Aquino to get nominated in the Nobel Prize.

    Maybe you mean “Noble Price? at 8.6 billion pesos. Poor Juan dela Cruz.

    Nobel Prize at any price – will be declared again “Unconstitutional” by the Supreme Court.

    As it look – this government is very fond of Unconstitutionality. This country is not Hacienda Luisita.