Bangsamoro measure may foment dynasties

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The Bangsamoro measure sponsored by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. last week may encourage “personalistic” politics and political dynasties, the government chief peace negotiator warned on Monday.

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Miriam Colonel Ferrer, chairman of the government peace panel, on Monday said Marcos’ substitute bill “radically altered” the allocation of seats in the proposed Bangsamoro parliament.

In the original draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law proposed by Malacañang and supported by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), 24 seats in the Bangsamoro parliament were allocated to parliamentary districts, 30 to party-lists and six seats to non-Moro indigenous peoples, settler communities and women, among others.

In his version of the measure, Marcos “jacked up” district representation to 40 seats, reserved seats were increased to 12 and only eight seats were allocated for party-lists.

“Lopsided representation in favor of district representatives, presumably elected on the basis of plurality or highest number of votes, will perpetuate personalistic politics, clan dynasties and weak political parties,” Ferrer said.

“On the other hand, we believe that allocating more seats to regional political parties and sectoral representatives would encourage the practice and development of a political culture in the region that is based on broad-based political parties with defined programs of governance competing in free and fair elections,” she added.

Ferrer appealed to senators to seriously reconsider the seat allocations in the regional parliament.

She said the envisioned Bangsamoro parliament seeks to ensure inclusive and more participatory governance.

“Allocating a large majority of the seats of the Bangsamoro parliament for parties and marginalized sectors will encourage politics based on principles, not personalities. It will empower the different segments of the people in the Bangsamoro,” Ferrer added.

The government and the MILF agreed on the passage of the law under a peace deal signed in March 2014.

The BBL was initially set to be passed by March but a clash between police and Muslim rebels in January that killed over 60 people including 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force drew public outrage and sparked strong opposition to the bill.

The plenary interpellation in the Senate did not proceed as scheduled on Monday because senators were not ready yet.

Although many lawmakers have expressed the intention to interpellate, they did not indicate when they intend to do it.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said some senators asked for more time to study Marcos’ measure.

They also also want Marcos to give them the matrix of amendments so that they can make the interpellations easier, he added.

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  1. Wala sa hulog ang pagiisip ni Ferrer…..Ang mga taong taksil sa Bayan ay dapat ibitay. Wala silang karapatan mabuhay sa mundong ito. Ang tulad ni Ferrer at Deles ay dapat sa impyerno manirahan.

  2. Mrs. Ferrer are you aware of our Present Philippine constitution made by Aquino and your government. You are those one who violates including your boss the Philippine constitution. the bottom line here is you dont respect the Philippine constitution, You and your boss shall be charged of Treacherous to our country.
    Mrs. Ferrer, you should abide our Philippine Constitution not the constitution of Malaysia…

  3. eltee mulawin on

    >>> Pinatunayan lamang muli ni Ms or Gng Ferrer na siya ay “spokeswoman” of Mr. alyas M.Iqbal and MILG and not “Government Negotiator for the benefit of Filipino of the Philippines.
    >>> Bakit siya “worry” sa number of seat allocations in congress? May future agenda ba siya ad vested interest sa politics?
    >>> Worry siya sa “Dynasties” ? Sabi ni Ferrer….”“Lopsided representation in favor of district representatives, presumably elected on the basis of plurality or highest number of votes, will perpetuate personalistic politics, clan dynasties and weak political parties,
    KUNG WORRY SI FERRER…DAPAT HILINGIN NI FERRER, DELES AT ALYAS IQBAL SA MGA ALYADO AT KASAPI NG LIBERAL PARTY NA IPASA AT APRUBAHAN NA NG CONGRESS AT SENADO ANG MATAGAL NG BINABALIWALA NA BATAS “ANTI-DYNASTY LAW”. That’s a simple resolution and logic to Ms Ferrer worriness.
    Otherwise what she had said is a “nonesense and a hypocrite concerns”, in short her ideas is just a piece of shit.

  4. The Bangsamoro measure sponsored by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. last week may encourage “personalistic” politics and political dynasties.

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    The Senate is composed of 84% political dynasties.
    The House is composed of 90% political dynasties.

    How about passing the anti dynasty law that the 1987 constitution prohibits. Congress has spent 28 years not passing the law since they themselves are part of political dynasties.

    Sounds like
    Do as we say, don’t do what we do.

  5. I agree that the substitute BBL, the BAR, could foster many things seen seen in the bill. Maybe we should just junk everything so that we do not have to deal with the unforseen results.

  6. Bonifacio Claudio on

    Ferrer still talking of Bangsamoro “Parliament”… Ferrer is so out-of touch of the matter in hand on the rejection of their Original BBL… It’s like she is a spokesperson of the MILF, not of the gov’t.