Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and several Christian groups prodded lawmakers to help Mindanao by passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Hataman, Sister Arnold Maria Noel and Alexander Aguirre asked senators and congressmen not to reject the BBL because its passage will help alleviate poverty in the South.
Hataman was a former member of the House of Representatives. Noel belongs to the Servants of the Holy Spirit and leads the group Change for Peace In Mindanao Movement.
Aguirre, a former police official, said his group, the Alliance for Good Governance Peace and Social Justice, is pushing for the BBL passage because they believe that it will bring social justice to the poor in Mindanao. However, he reminded lawmakers to see to it that the BBL is not unconstitutional.
The proposed Bangsamoro region will replace the ARMM. Hataman said if the BBL is passed, he will return to private life.
The governor said the BBL will surely uplift the economic condition of the poor in Mindanao because 40 percent of the budget will go to the districts, 50 percent to the party-list groups, and 10 percent to the minorities, youth, and women.
“What is important is we will give peace a chance,” Hataman said.