BBL relay: From Aquino to Peace Council to Marcos


The BBL is now the baton in a weird track-and-field relay.

First, President BS Aquino had an “aha moment” wherein he saw himself handing off the ugly offspring to a handpicked Citizens’ Peace Council composed of supporters and proven cronies, whom he charged with the daunting task of making the BBL acceptable and legitimate.

As requested, the council in just two weeks of looking busy dutifully proclaimed the baby legal and constitutional. They got so excited, they called the BBL “overwhelmingly acceptable.”

The council came out with a 196-page report on the 122-page Bangsamoro bill. The verbiage made Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma enthuse, “the Council went through the draft BBL thoroughly.”

Like Aquino, the convenors performed a swindle by describing a mere legislative proposal (a bill) as already a law— hoping our unthinking legislators will not bother to examine it, and the people will get confused.

Will Bongbong carry the torch?    
Yesterday, members of the peace council went to the Senate to present their cringe-making report on the BBL to the Senate committee on local government, which is conducting hearings on the bill under the chairmanship of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The report is so shameless and padded, Cardinal Tagle and businessman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala declined to go along to the Senate. Those who did – former chief justice Hilario Davide, former Vatican ambassador Howard Dee, and Muslim youth leader Bai Sumndad-Usman — did their utmost to sound earnest. Like snake-oil salesmen, they tried to inveigle Bongbong into joining the BBL relay. They told Bongbong that he will seal his place in history if he leads in passing the measure in the Senate.

Will this new generation Marcos fall for the swindle? Not likely. The still youngish senator thinks before he leaps. He measures his words and his decisions. And recent history proves it emphatically.

During the impeachment trial of former chief justice Renato Corona, Bongbong rejected all the blandishments of Malacañang, including P100 million of DAP funds, and voted to acquit. While opposition senators who voted yes – like Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla —are now languishing in detention on murky plunder charges, it would be the height of irony if he who resisted to the last will now surrender to temptation.

Along with others, I will warn Senator Marcos that the baby that has been placed in his hands is not only illegitimate and unconstitutional, it is a Trojan horse.

Inside the horse are Malaysia and the MILF. It will complete the sellout of Mindanao and Sulu to Malaysia, that began with Ninoy Aquino cutting a deal with Malaysian officials and royalty, was carried forward by president Corazon Aquino, and has now been accelerated by their son, BS Aquino.

No amount of cheerleading and propaganda by the yellow crowd and yellow media will make this ugly offspring benign and legitimate. No prince of the Church can wash it clean of its sordid origins. No endorsement by the Makati business community will deodorize it. No testimonials by surviving members of the Constitutional Commission (which drafted the 1987 Constitution) will square it with the strictures of law and national honor.

Echoes of Chamberlain and Munich
To fully recognize the false choice presented him, Senator Marcos should be mindful of what awaits him if he yields to the temptation of serving as yet another foster father of this BBL baby.

He will become the equivalent of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on the eve of World War II, when he negotiated a peace deal with Hitler in 1938.

At the time, Chamberlain was applauded by most Britons when he returned to London from Munich, waving an agreement with Hitler’s signature on it, and proclaiming “Peace for our time.”

To quote the author and professor Thomas Sowell on Chamberlain’s peace initiative: “Who cared that he had thrown a small country to the Nazi wolves, in order to get a worthless agreement with Hitler? It looked great at the time because it had apparently avoided war.

“In 1938, Winston Churchill was one of the very few critics who tried to warn Chamberlain and the British public. Churchill said: ‘The idea that safety can be purchased by throwing a small State to the wolves is a fatal delusion.’ “

“After the ruinous agreement was made with Hitler, Churchill said: ‘You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.’ “ Chamberlain’s ‘Peace for our time’ lasted just under a year.”

Chamberlain’s “peace in our time” is the classic tale of appeasement. BBL is the Filipino equivalent of that worthless agreement.

Bongbong has the magnificent opportunity to perform a great service to the nation. He can be our Churchill in this contentious time of decision.

At a news conference after meeting with the Peace Council convenors, Marcos said the Peace Council report supported the committee’s belief that the BBL should be amended to make it compliant with the Constitution.

“I think I can categorically state that the draft BBL, as transmitted by President Aquino to the Senate and the House of Representatives in its present form, won’t pass either House,” Marcos said.

Supreme Court as the end of the line
Once we examine the hard, cold facts of the Aquino administration’s actions in the GRP-MILF peace agreement and the BBL, it becomes painfully clear that Aquino and his peace negotiators never thought through the implications of every provision they were agreeing to during the negotiations with the MILF.

They foolishly agreed to throw aside existing peace agreements and covenants that were already in place, in favor of a mirage of peace that only a delusional president could love.

This BBL relay and charade will no doubt persist, because BS Aquino is an obstinate brat, who once fixated on an objective, will do all to get it – even expend blood and treasure.

I say, let him be as bratty and batty as much as he likes. He can recruit and corrupt as many as he wants to carry the BBL baton. This baby will still be ugly and illegitimate. Its DNA will remain questionable.

When the time comes to hand off the baton to the Supreme Court and the people, they will resoundingly reject it — first as an unconstitutional measure, and then as no child of the Filipino nation.

And that will be the end of the line for BBL.


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  1. genesisbughaw on

    Isang Pinagpalang Umaga!

    In chicago :Jail me when time comes -BS Aquino

    Wow! at least he has in some point of time in touch with realities(mild autism Asperger Sydrome) but with due respect we don’t need to wait for it because disaster after disaster and tragedy already sets in in our National LIfe under 5years of PNOY administration from energy, poor and lack of infrastructure to economic laggardness

    With due respect, let’s give credit where credit is due. BS Aquino is a champion for Sloganeering!

    On BBL. I’m in full agreement with you sir.

    It’s the “black bug” if i may so in our National Life.

    I can’t and hold my serious concern as if i’m asleep and wake up facing the black bug.

    In my experience, MILF is not a strategic threat to our Country and this a million dollar question that need to be answered.

    The core problem not only in Mindanao but for our entire country are plain and simple… poverty and injustices.

    The glamorization and romanticization of peace breakers(slimemolds) under BS Aquino Administration instead of digging deeper on the real cause of the problem, they are so subjective on their negotiations and as i see it a “pabuka bukaka” policy and enjoy.

    Meaning in the absence of principles and honor…it ends up to a weakling creatures like the obnoxious black bug.

    All stakeholders should not be left out and to date, our muslim brother and sister coming from different station in life , ordinary and enlightened intellectuals are now voicing their serious concern objecting to BBL blasphemous provision etc.

    So what’s my point.

    Considering that election period is now near in full circus, let the yellow babes be put under adult supervision.

    Yes to PEACE no to BBL Yes To FEDERALISM!



    “the excessive violence of the Duchess, the Hatter’s ‘rude’ remarks, the ‘savage’ behavior of the Queen become the occasions for Alice to represent Wonderland as an uncivilized and authoritarian country desperately in need of moral guidance and social instruction.”

    The Mad Hatters of Malacanang and the vindictive Queen of Farts would readily head a cast of characters which could grace any cabinet, – the mouse, the dodo, the mock turtle, the duchess, the cheshire cat, the caterpillar, the dormouse, the puppy etc.

    BBL and its sleazy cast of characters headed by alias-in-chief Iqbal provide the malice, whilst Pnoy Aquino and his coterie of animals provide the blunders.

    “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great

    “But I don’t want to go among mad people,”
    Alice remarked.
    “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat:
    “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
    “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
    “You must be,” said the Cat, or you
    wouldn’t have come here”

    “Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which
    road do I take?’ she asked.
    ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the
    Cheshire Cat.
    ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.
    ‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter”

    “If you drink much from a bottle marked
    ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you
    sooner or later”

    ” `No, no!’ said the Queen. `Sentence first – verdict afterwards.’
    `Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. `The idea of having the sentence first!’
    `Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.
    `I won’t!’ said Alice.
    `Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice”

    Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland

    • hector, you got the right analogy. this abnoy is living in fantasy. they are all in wonderland and they are all mad! i guess the SAF 44 were not enough to wake them up from their delusions and i fear that another big catastrophy will come if they insist on this BaBaLa

  3. The issue here is Malaysia and Sabah. Why Malaysia became the facilitator in crafting this BBL is beyond my imagination considering they trained, financed and armed the MNLF and MILF and now the BIFF in creating chaos in Mindanao to preserve its claim to Sabah. Bangsa is a Malaysian word for nation just as Bansa is to us. This BBL must be stopped just like the MOA in Glorias time.

  4. You are absolutely correct in your premise and conclusion on the BBL origin, divisive objective and unconstitutional spirit! BBL should not even be drafted, discuss or debated for it has no beneficial value, nationalistic, economic or legal basis for its conceptualization. BBL is a discordant factor in uniting Muslim and non-Muslim PILIPINOS as one Nation -State and used as a ploy by fanatic insurgent Muslims to dismember the Nation after it is passed and destabilizing factors are concocted by MILF sponsoring group. Pnoy is an unpatriotic, narcissistic leader who just wish to leave a legacy of chaos, intrigue and political, economic and religious divisions and animosities among PILIPINOS. Why is Cardinal Tagle and Davide so magnanimously lend their prestigious names to endorse the passage of BBL, just because Pnoy, the atheist, named them in the Peace Council? This Council is subvertive of the PILIPINOS principles of unity on “one people, one nation”. The Constitution only allows multi religious faiths and one Nation, not separate and independent MultiState or multi-government. Pnoy, this Council and whoever sponsor, votes or endorses the BBL passage desecrates the Pilipino heroes who worked and fight for Philippine indepence as one Nation and the ideals of all Filipinos for a united Nation. Those who go against this principle are traitors and unpatriotic and the least, are mindless of the nations hard-earned independence as a whole country composed of the big islands, Luzon-VISAYAS-Mindanao, known as the Republic of the Philippines!

  5. BBL – a poison pill.

    Anyone who believes MILF will ever disarm must be as sharp as a bag of hammers, or as delusional as walter mitty on steroids.

  6. The BBL is a Trojan horse for certain. Just look at the Sharia Law that will become the law. Does anyone that is non-muslim know what it covers and what the penalties are? Can woman own property or are they property also owned by the man?

    We already have a “Peace” law, the ARMM, that has been hailed around the world. Junk the BBL, and all documents signed with the MILF and fix the ARMM if it needs to be.

  7. Cardinal Tagle’s acceptance as Aquino’s Peace Council member and concurrence of the BBL only reinforce my belief that he is the Aquino Family spiritual adviser. Even when Aquino blindly attacked some Catholic bishops and members of the clergy infront of Pope Francis, he did not issue any statement to defend the Church. Now, he is even defending an unconstitutional bilateral agreement agreement.

    • enrique pacardo on

      I agree to your observation. The BBL will define the political standing of Senator Marcos. If he rides on the Trojan Horse, he is finished.

    • cardinal tagle is a cop out. he does not care if the hocos pcos machines does not conform to the provisions of the automated election law by his endorsement . he also did not follow the advise of pope francis by his endorsement of the BaBaLa. the pope said that the agreement should be undertaken with all the stakeholders included and the constitution followed.

  8. Ruben V. Calip on

    Considering that BS Aquino et al. have the resources to bribe the entire Congress, and maybe the Supreme Court too (God forbid!), your last sentence could be a wishful thought, Mr. Makabenta.

  9. Thai anton on

    BBL will be the law of the land ,thanks to greedy and corrupt house of reps and senate , but we should mark the name of senators and congressmen who voted for
    the bill for later retribution being traitors to the republic, make them pay for their treasonous act .

  10. Alejo Rosete on

    I do not believe Bongbong Marcos will succumbed to this SPOILED BRAT (BS Aquino)

    Let the war begin: the Marcoses vs. the Aquinos.

    I am with the Marcos this time – Marcos will not allow another
    FALSE HERO (Ninoy Aquino). BS Aquino a false hero too – Nobel Prize wannabe?

    Gusto naman namin ay tunay na Hero.

    • sadly, if makoy jr. chose the side of the people in the BaBaLa issue, the lap dance groupies of boy sisi led by drilon can easily overrule him and approve in the plenary original text of the BaBaLa as submitted by boy sisi. this would also happen in the lower house with the belmonte led lap dance groupies. do not forget the secret reconciliation between the house and senate versions of the law where the lap dance groupies of boy sisi are in control.

  11. P.Akialamiro on

    The proposed hearings in the Mindanao as mentioned by Chairman Marcos are only proper. The outcome will confirm or deny the claims that the MILF is really acccepted to represent the rest of our muslim brothers..

    What a disservice the peace council has done if it’s true that they didn’t actually go through the BBL as they claimed. With all the “accolades” they seem to enjoy, yet they let themselves to be “used” is really appalling. Who else can we trust? No wonder, with an Archbishop Cardinal like Tagle many leave the Catholic Church!

  12. For treason to stick, it does not need to wait until the country is already a part of another country. Just the thought of selling or dismembering the country or initiating acts that will tend to separate a part of the nation is already an act of treason. For such acts, the next president will surely summarily incarcerate all who have pushed for its enactment. I am just wondering how many legislators will be present when the next president proclaims his SONA because no less than 100 will begin to start their term staying at the Panatag Shoal.

  13. It is being said that the BBL is simply a renewal of the MOA during the tenure of Aling Gloria. If that MOA was rejected by the Supreme Court at that time, why will the same SC approve the current one?


    Hindi naman si Dictator FM ito. Anak ni FM ito. Hindi naman nagplunder itong si Bongbong. Maling pag-iisip ang ganyan. Yun palang kaibigang matalik ni David na naglilgtas sa buhay niya na anak ni Haring Saul ay masamang tao rin tulad ng tatay niya. Hindi makaDiyos at makatywiran ang ganyang pag-iisip.

    • Tama naman. Hindi naman ibig sabihin porke’t ang tatay ay magnanakaw ang anak ay magnanakaw rin. Hindi porke’t ang nanay ay puta ang anak na babae ay puta na rin. Tingnan natin ang relevance at bigat ng sinasabi Bongbong Marcos. Let’s judge him objectively.

    • And who do you think did the wonders why FM landed on the pages of Guinnes book of world records?.Since 1986 up to the present the Aquino’s and their cohorts have’nt produced even a single honest to goodness corruption case that have won in a proper court.All you yellow cult can provide and print on your yellow media are fake allegations and transactions that you yellow cult are very good at.The finest example of a yellow allegation is the infamous ” Jabidah Massacre “,of whom you want every Filipinos to believe but is absent of a single evidence that your phony massacre ever existed nor ever happened.