Bangsamoro not a separate state – Iqbal

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has given assurances that the Bangsamoro region that will be established to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will not secede from the Philippine republic.

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“There will be no state within a state. The Philippine state will remain sovereign,” MILF Chairman Mohagher Iqbal said when he appeared at the House of Representatives.

The House Ad Hoc panel on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) held its first hearing on Wednesday.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd submitted the BBL draft to Congress on September 10 and urged the House of Representatives and the Senate to give priority to the measure that embodies the peace pact forged between the government and the MILF. The measure will establish the Bangsamoro Region, which will be granted full autonomy and self-governance.

“Let me warn you of people who would want to sow fear instead of hope in your hearts and the Filipino people. Their aim is to stop the establishment of the Bangsamoro. They will take advantage of the deeply held biases and prejudices of the people. But instead of dismemberment, the Bangsamoro will further unite our peoples.

There will be no state within a state. The Philippine state will remain sovereign,” Iqbal said.

“The Bangsamoro is the sum of our hopes and dreams. It may mean nothing to you, but it is the whole world to us. It is what we only have.

We implore you then to step lightly on these dreams when you discuss the draft law. Do not trample [on]them [dreams]. We only ask that we be allowed to govern ourselves,” he added.

Iqbal said the passage of the BBL will allow their people to purse their dreams in an environment that fosters prosperity and abundance, finally ending their long struggle against poverty, fear and insecurity during war times.

“To all these, we say, be not afraid. To all the Filipino people, be not afraid. This is my request and appeal to the honorable men and women of this House. It is my prayer that you choose hope over fear.

Let us break free from this endless cycle of poverty and insecurity,” the MILF leader said.

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  1. In the words of his fellow MNLF, MILF, MNOP atbp with BBL (bigay bayad lagi) with the german hostages crisis. Puro kabalastugan iyan at ginawa mung ignant kaming kristiyano porke muklo ka. Tikbal or Iqbal kapag na-pass iyan eh siguradon guera na ang hinaharap natin lahat tulad ng mga ruso. War III is not far and we will wipe ourselves out just like the jurassic era.

  2. How dare you Mr. Iqbal to take advantage of our bipolar, retarded, autistic president!!! Shame on you!!! You know very well that our beloved president is not in his right mine all the time. Return the billions of DAP money that you received from the gov’t. of BS Aquino the Turd.

  3. According to The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman M. Iqbal;
    a) that the Bangsamoro region will be established to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will not secede from the Philippine republic.
    b) that there will be no state within a state. The Philippine state will remain sovereign.
    c) that To all the Filipino people, be not afraid

    If that so, MILF Chairman M. Iqbal SHALL HONESTLY EXPLAIN and NOT BE CLEVERED AND HYPOCRITE TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR FILIPINO ( if you accepting it) PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES…:

    1) 1)Why will use OWN FLAG(MILF) AND NOT THE PHILIPPINE FLAG?

    2) What is the meaning of BANSAMORO POLIITICAL ENTITY ?

    3) Upon ratification of this BBL, THAT “BANSAMORO” as A SUB-STATE OF A STATE WILL STILL MEAN PART OF A NATION OF THE PHILIPPINES AND UNDER THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT?

    4) that the MILF army or soon to be called BangsamorO Police Force will be part , supervision and under the command of Philippine National Police and Napolcom ? Similarly their army will be part and under the supervision and command of ARMED FORCES of the Philippines ?

    5) NOT IN ANY WHERE INDICATED, MENTIONED AND SPECIFIED AND REFERRING THE WORDS ” UNDER THE PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION, EXISTING LAWS AND REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIIPPINE GOVERNMENT”

    All the things said, told and will tell by this MILF Chairman M. Iqbal SHALL BE WRITTEN AND SHALL BE DONE !!!

  4. Words that are contrary to what is written in the BBL can bring no one comfort, unless it is someone who does not know anything about the BBL. Iqbal’s statement that they are “finally ending their long struggle against poverty, fear and insecurity during war times” is a threat about continued war, if the BBL dies. First the MNLF faction waged war and got the ARMM. And, then the MILF faction have waged war. The MILF felt left out of the ARMM. The BBL leaves out the MNLF. Another round of terrorism can be seen in the cards. I do not see either MNLF or MILF as representing the people.

  5. Just a reminder to these Non-Muslim representatives in Mindanao, especially those nearby areas to these ARMM region. Please take a careful look at on of the clauses in this BBL. That plebiscite portion where they fate of the villages or towns are lie only on the decision of the 10% of the population. How can these government panel members be that stupid to think that it is agreeable to a democratic government like RP where the rule is based on the decision of the majority. You have just turned the table upside down to give these Moros an easy way to take over Mindanao! How could you allow a mere 10% of the population in an area decide the fate of the 90% of the population? How would the people of Zamboanga and other cities and towns in the south feel about this sell-out? Haven’t these GRP members weighed down the repercussions of this part of the agreement carefully?

  6. Put it in writing Mr iqbal. Let it be written in the BBL. Then the BBL will be accepted by all Filipinos. Also, remove your parliamentary form of governance and long firearms should be at the hands of the police only. That’s it, we welcome you and the BBL with open arms.

  7. Mr. Iqbal: If you are not just lulling is Filipinos into agreeing to your scheme to create the Bangsamoro and make it achieve “self-determination” as a separate state, why don’t all the documents you and the TREASONOUS negotiators appointed by President Aquino state in black and white that the Moros accept that they are citizens of the Republic of the Philippines, resoect and obey the Philippine Constitution and are willing to have all these changes realized under the majesty of the Philippine Constitution and the prescribed processes under the laws of our land?
    You are just using this exercise, in which President Aquino who should be impeached for agreeing with you and your MILF central committee, as your first step to grabbing our island of Mindanao!

  8. Mukhang napakalayo ng pananaw mo mr. iqbalan sa katotohanan. Ano tawag
    mo duon sa ginawa ninyong may sariling gobyerno na Federal kontra sa
    republika ng pilipinas, parliamentary ang sa inyo, at ang pilipinas may 3
    sangay. Prime Minister kayo, Presidente sa kabila, may sarili kayong
    bandila, iba sa Pilipinas. Huwag niyo sana lansihin ang tao,
    At kung magkaganuon na may sarili kayong pamamahala na ginaya ninyo
    sa Malaysia hindi malayong dito na kayo sa malaysia sumama. At higit sa
    lahat ginulo ninyo ang Pilipinas sa paghahati ng Mindanao, at ano ang
    makakapigil sa Cebu, sa Ilokos, sa bicol o sa Cordillera para humiwalay
    na rin.