• Bangsamoro parliament an MILF ploy – Escudero

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    NO amount of pressure or threat can force Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in its current form and the only way for the measure to pass is for the government peace panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to accept the needed changes, Sen. Francis Escudero said on Sunday.

    Escudero added that Malacañang and the MILF must be open to changes and not resort to baseless claims about possible escalation of violence in Mindanao if the proposed BBL is not passed or is revised in Congress.

    He said most of the lawmakers in the Senate and in the House of Representatives have told him that there is no chance that Congress will pass the BBL without revisions.

    Escudero cited various provisions in the BBL that are unconstitutional, one of which is the parliamentary set-up that will be implemented in the Bangsamoro region once the BBL is enacted into law.

    The senator suspects that the reason why the MILF wants to introduce a parliamentary form of government in the region is to make sure that the person who will lead the Bangsamoro will come from the MILF.

    Under the proposed system, the members of parliament, not the residents of the Bangsamoro, will choose the head minister, thus denying the people of their right to choose their own leader.

    The senator said he cannot understand why Malacanang would allow a different system of government in the Bangsamoro that is not fair to other local and provincial governments.

    “This is the reason why political experts suspect that the BBL is a first step for the MILF to secede. The proposed Bangsamoro system is more similar to the Malaysian system than our system,” he noted in a radio interview aired over dzMM.

    The Senate Committee on Local Government will resume its hearings on the proposed BBL today after two months of suspension as a result of the bloody Mamasapano clash that killed 44 police commandos.

    Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. moved for the suspension of the hearings pending results of investigation of the tragic incident.

    Marcos, in a separate interview, said the committee will tackle the ceasefire mechanism and the issue on the multiple identities of MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal.

    He added that it is important for the committee to discuss the ceasefire mechanism and find out why it did not work during the January 25 clash between members of the Special Action Force and members of the MILF.

    The senator said they will try to settle the issue on Iqbal’s true identity after the MILF negotiator admitted that he is using several aliases.

    “It may be a side issue [Iqbal’s identity] but again questions need to be answered. What is his real name and why did he lie to the government?” Marcos added.

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    1. I find it simply childish and unstatemanly for the senators to engage in charade over Mhagher Iqbal identity, when it is established and confirmed by all and sundry that he is the authentic MILF rep in all the talks with GRP. Use of aliases is not illegal nor immoral under any standard and circumstance. But because the senators suffer from myopia and sheer prejudice against the Moro people, they find it entertaining to disparage and subject IQ to humiliation and character assassination. This is a reflexive act, aren’t they degrading themselves by acting so childish and myopic. What a waste of public money, seeing them acting like lousy tags squabbling over petty issue. Wake up and live up to the nation’s expectation. We need to move on, forward not backward.

    2. Hurrah Senators, continue the drama and grandstanding. Communist China is also busy in its reclamation in spratlys. Pretty soon, the commies will be digging right under your bellies. Why the fuss about IQ’s nom de guerre? He is a revoltionary, Can’t all of you fathom that? The fact is, you hate the Moro people, just the spaniards who enslaved your ancestors. Now an authentic Moro, through Iqbal, is made humiliation and disparage all to suit your whims and idiocy. Long live China! Free the Philippines from this myopic senators and legislators. In the US, the states which comprised the USA enjoy sovereignty within their own territory. Why can’t that not happen to the Moro people? May be PROC can provide the answer.

    3. victor m. hernandez on

      The appropriate question , I think is why the need for a BBL when there is already ARMM? Is ARMM not sufficient to address the concern(s) of the present ARMM constituencies? As the saying goes, why fix it when it ain’t broke? Obviously, the government is being forced to negotiate with MILF, even when ARMM is the consitutionally mandated regional automous region. In any case, when BBL or if BBL is passed by the Legislature, it will therefore require a constitutional amendment. If not, what is needed is to make the ARMM work as the constitutionally mandated regional autonomous political entity.

    4. What BBL stand for?
      Balla Balla Lang ang negosasyon ni Ferrer, Deles at si Iqbalaaaaaa

    5. We have unkown people, unsconstitutional proposals, block grant of money to terrorists, placing the power of government in the MILF to elect “representatives”, empowering Sharia law. All of these things are ploys. Kill the BBL entirely and all other documents signed with the MILF.

    6. 80+days since President BS Aquino abandoned and betrayed the SAF commandos in favor of the MILF and their BBL result Fallen 44.Still no justice for the Fallen 44,and they didnt die in vain it exposes the evilness of the terrorist MILF and their BBL.

    7. Senator Escudero’s and other “… political experts suspect that the BBL is a first step for the MILF to secede.” The BaBaLA House Bill is written so its members of parliament will not be making the pledge of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines. Hmmmmm… an important part of the Republic Act that gave formality to Autonomous Region Mindanao — pledge of allegiance — has been removed from House Bill for BaBaLA.
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      The current house bill should be rejected!!!!

    8. sonny dela cruz on

      The BBL is NULL AND VOID because of signed official document of MILF fictitious name. What is the congress is doing. They are vowing their head to the KING B.S. Aquino? I cannot understand “KATAWA-TAWA.. WALA NA BANG HUSTISYA SA FILIPINAS. HOY GISING!

    9. eltee mulawin on

      >>> Simple questions only to be answered by Mr. Aliases Iqbal…
      1). What is real full name ?
      2). When, Where issued his passport and expiration date?
      3). Where is his NBI clearances to acquire Passport ?
      4). Where is his Driving License (if he had, which could be checked by his affixerd photo) ?
      5). Are they willing to renegotiate together with other groups like MNLF,BIFF, Lumad, Christians and other muslim tribe families like Sultanate of Sulu?