BBL in coma – senators

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THE proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) pending at the Senate and the House of Representatives is “comatose” and the 16th Congress may no longer be able to revive it, senators said on Wednesday.

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has stopped the measure in its tracks.

Marcos added that even if the Senate was able to come up with its version of the proposal, it would be difficult to persuade lawmakers to support it.

“The BBL is in a coma, the hearings have been suspended, the legislative process has been stopped because of the Mamasapano clash. The general sentiment now out of sympathy for our fallen police officers is that why do have to pursue it (BBL) after seeing what the other party had done,” the senator said referring to the MILF.


He noted that congressmen also believe that it would be difficult for the House to pass its own version of the bill because there would not be enough lawmakers to support it.

“Had the House subjected the BBL for voting today, the proposal would have encountered a vote of no-support from legislators,” Marcos said, adding that legislators from both chambers feel that there are still so many questions that remain unanswered.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. recently admitted that he can no longer guarantee the passage of the measure because many lawmakers withdrew their support for the bill after the brutal slaying of the 44 police commandos who were in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, to capture terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir and Abdul Basit Usman.

Belmonte said the proposed law that would pave the way for the creation of a Bangsamoro entity is dying in the House of Representatives because lawmakers have lost interest in passing the measure.

Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said Congress may no longer have the time to work on the proposed BBL and have it approved before it adjourns in 2016.

He challenged the MILF to show sincerity in order to win back the trust of the public and lawmakers that was lost because of the “execution” of the SAF commandos.

“How can we still trust them after seeing how they killed our SAF officers… for me massacre is not the proper term, it is execution,” Ejercito said.

Marcos said the BBL in its present form contains glaring “weaknesses,” noting that the measure is not the “magic pill” that will resolve the peace and order problem in Mindanao.

The lawmaker cited among others lack of good faith on the part of the MILF leadership, absence of mechanisms that expedite coordination between the government and the rebel group, issues on the chain of command and questions on its constitutionality as reason why the BBL is “weak.”

“All of these things point to the glaring weakness in that whole process. The way forward is to take a change of perspective and not think only BBL. People had counted BBL as the solution (to the Mindanao problem), the be-all and end-all,” he said.

Malacanang wanted Congress to pas the BBL by March to give way to the holding of a plebiscite and eventually the election of local officials of the new Bangsamoro government.

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  1. What is it for Malaysia that it is willing to be the venue and the spring-board of the “peace” with the MILF?

    Malaysia is a federation of several states. Once BBL is passed, the Bangsamoro will profess allegiance to, and be part of Malaysia.

    The Philippine National Territory, Sovereignty and Patrimony of the Filipino People will
    be partitioned to Malaysia !

  2. I have a lot of sympathy for the MILF leaders. I feel they have sincerity in peace process. But some members of the MILF have different ideas in their struggle. Lack of education and plenty of miseducation creates hatred to the republic. hatred exemplify in brutal killing of SAF members. Poverty is common in their territory. I have many Muslim friends from Mindanao but they ware well educated. Right education will bring peace in Mindanao.

  3. The government should plan on how to get these murderers & not proposal for BBL Law. Send the full military force in Mindanao & finish the job. It’s been urong sulong for decades without any peace. Gotta remember that Muslims can’t co-exist just like in other Muslim countries.

  4. GOOD! NOW THAT THE BBL IS DEAD. LETS START THE MILITARY OFFENSIVES BY BOMBING THE MILF AND BIFF CAMPS BY AIR LAND AND SEA LIKE WHAT LATE PRES MARCOS DID. ENCIRCLE THEM AND BLOCK THEIR SUPPLY LINES AND STARVE THEM TO DEATH.

  5. Why this was even considered seriously for discussion by the government is a sign of how low this country has fallen in terms of simple IQ and morality. Are the regimes of Syria and Iraq talking to their enemies the Al Qaeda and ISIS about surrendering part of their territories to these animals? No of course not, because they have not abandoned the armor of God which is REASON, which is an inborn faculty like seeing, smelling, hearing etc. They are not easily fooled like Catholics who have been made to relinquish their power to reason by believing in false teachings that will not even stand up to God’s Ten Commandments. If God and the Devil are engaged in battle, wouldn’t the first battleground be religion itself? After the people’s power to reason has been corrupted there, then it becomes easier for the devil to move on to other battlegrounds like economics, politics and all other areas of human affairs. Then it becomes “right” instead of clearly wrong for friars to extract back breaking tributes from the natives then torturing heretics to death during the Inquisition and move on to charging the people the highest power rates in the world even for power not consumed in pure worship of the profit motive, down to surrendering Mindanao to the most horrible species of animals, and so on. The devil is winning, and his color is YELLOW. Heaven save this country from him.

  6. THE DEATH OF THE 44 SAF IS VERY PITIFUL AND LEFT A VERY DEEP SCAR. HOWEVER, THERE MUST BE CLOSURE AND FOR THAT TO HAPPEN IS BETTER LEFT FOR TIME TO HEAL. BUT REMEMBER THEY WERE SOLDIERS AND BEING SUCH COULD NOT CHOOSE THE WAY TO DIE. SO PEOPLE STOP TO PRETEND YOU ARE COMMISERATING, THE TRUTH IS THAT YOU ARE FRUSTRATED THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING IN THIS COUNTRY, THE DEATH OF THE SAF JUST AGGRAVATED IT OR RATHER FUELED THE ALREADY MISERABLE STATE WE ARE. TO THE PRETENTIOUS SOLONS WHO WOULD LIKE US TO BELIEVE THAT BY INVESTIGATING THEY ARE DOING THE COUNTRY A VERY BIG SERVICE BY INVESTIGATING, HA HA HA, THE WAY THE SAME IS GOING, MEDYO MALAYO SA TARGET NA MAKAPAG SULONG NG BATAS, ALTHO OBVIOUS NAMAN NA ANG BALAK AY MAKA LAMANG SA TV AND MEDIA EXPOSURE PARA SA 2016. TO THE RICH WHO ARE OUT OF GRACE WITH THIS ADMIN, WEATHER2X LANG. JUST HOPE NA ANG NEXT ADMIN. KILALA NYO. SO TAMA NA TONG DRAMA KASI A MATTER OF NEW ISSUE MABUBURA NA NAMAN TONG ISSUE. MALAY MO MAG TANGKANG MAG SUICIDE NI KRIS PARA MAY PANIBAGONG NATIONAL ISSUE O MAG PAKASAL KAYA SILA NI BOY ABUNDA.

  7. If the BBL is comatose, there is no point to resuscitate it. Pull out its life support system and dump it in the trash where it belongs. This naive, incompetent administration of BS Aquino should stop negotiating with this MILF terror group. Israel, the US, Canada, EU countries, etc. do not negotiate with the terror group ISIS, they bomb and degrade it. Aquino should do the same if the MILF and other terror groups do not surrender and abide by our country’s laws.

    Like the MOA-AD and ARMM before it, Bangsamoro Basic Law is going to fail. What this MILF really want is not just an autonomous territory, it wants an independent Bangsamoro Republic. Mindanao belongs to the Philippines and to all Filipinos regardless of their religions. If the members of MILF and BIFF want a country that operates under Sharia law, they should move to Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia; they will feel at home there. The Philippines is a secular country which tolerates all religious beliefs.

    Say no to BBL. ONE COUNTRY, ONE FLAG!

  8. Roldan Guerrero on

    Its the end of BSA`s Nobel Price dream! If these lawmakers in cahoot with him will still be bribed, then they must join KING MAMASAPANOT/DAP to be ruled out in any political exercise and activities in the next and succeeding elections. BSA has put this country in the highest level of jeopardy, much more to the Filipinos who once gave him full trust to lead this nation. Aquino and Company must face the crimes they did and plan to do. We shall join together in kicking him out in malacaniang to abort his futile intentions of making our beloved country a failed state.

  9. Throw this BBL away to the trash can, burn it, and forget all about it. The Muslim terrorists are not truly sincere in forging the elusive PEACE in Mindanao. They are truly treacherous by nature. They did not only massacre the 44 SAF – they EXECUTED mercilessly all of them. Bull &&&****%%%$$#### shit you infidels. Woe to all of you Muslim terrorists.

  10. Pera lang ang habol ng MILF,70 Billion ibibigay mo sa mga tao na kinakanlong ang mga killer!
    Meron pa bang ihaharap na mukha itong si Aquino,pagkatapos niyang inabandona ang sarili niyang pulis!
    Kahit mga mukhang pera ang mga senator at congressman kapag ganito na ang usapan kukulo din angmga dugo nito!

  11. Now, that’s what I’m talking about! Give it to the MAN (executioners) who does not give a crap about the law of Republic of Philippines. If they know and understand it then it’ll take another 100 yrs. for them to try that B.S. again. Nganga time na lang sila!