BBL ‘unpopular’ but South needs it



The government’s top peace adviser has admitted that pushing for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may be “unpopular” but the measure still needs to be passed if only to ensure lasting peace in war-torn provinces in Mindanao.

Teresita Quintos-Deles, apparently reproaching majority of  lawmakers who seemed to have withdrawn support for the BBL, on Friday lauded the 25 members of the House of Representatives who had vowed to back the proposed measure despite the snag it suffered in the aftermath of the Mamasapano incident.

The January 25 incident in Maguindanao province left 44 police commandos dead in a clash with combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

“This [promise of the 25 lawmakers]only shows how broad the clamor for peace is, and we are heartened to see that our legislators recognize that clamor and that they are prepared to fight for it even if that may not be a popular position to take right now,” Deles said in a statement.

On Thursday, pollster Pulse Asia  reported that the Mamasapano massacre has largely eroded the public’s acceptance of the proposed BBL.

Its latest survey indicated that 62 percent of the people from Mindanao do not support the bill, Its latest survey indicated that 62 percent of the people from Mindanao do not support the bill, which would pave the way for the establishment of a new political entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Throughout the country, 44 percent or about five in 10 Filipinos who responded to the poll are opposed to passage of the BBL.

Deles, nonetheless, expressed optimism that the measure will pass legislative scrutiny in time to allow preparations for a plebiscite.

She disclosed that the House Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL will work on the proposal even if both Houses are on recess.

“It is reassuring to see that our [members of Congress], in the spirit of true statesmanship, recognize how urgent and pressing the passage of this law is [as is]evident in this expression of support and in the willingness of the leadership of the ad hoc committee to work on the bill even while Congress is adjourned,” Deles noted.

“We laud and fully support the efforts of our valiant legislators who see and recognize the need for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, especially because this important piece of legislation is a step toward finally resolving the decades-long conflict in Muslim Mindanao,” she said.

In contrast to the Pulse Asia survey that showed majority of the people of Mindanao are against the BBL, Deles pointed out  that the legislators who supported the bill are not only from Mindanao “but from Visayas and Luzon as well, along with representatives from party-list groups.”

The 25 lawmakers last March 18 issued a statement expressing their support for the measure.

“We call for peace. We reiterate our support and continue to call for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and we assure the Filipino public that we will do everything in our power to make sure that it will pass,” their statement said.

The BBL calls for the holding of a plebiscite in areas to be included in the new autonomous region if the measure gets cleared by the legislature.

Among the areas that are to be included in the new Bangsamoro autonomous region are current ones under the ARMM, the cities of Cotabato and Isabela (Basilan) and several areas in North Cotabato.

Pulse Asia Research Inc. conducted the survey from March 1 to 7 as the nation continued to reel from the aftermath of the carnage in Mamasapano town.


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  1. ang balita nagbibigay ng 200 million sa bawat senador na boboto sa bbl ang malaysia ,at 50 million sa bawat congressman ,at ang bagman ang pangalan yata doon sa babasa Mr lao yata taga Mindanao at isa sa pinaja mahigpit na nagsusulong para ma approve ang Bbl, kay Deles at kay Ferer mayron din kayang ganun…tutoo ba ito ? maraming baniniwala na tutuoo…
    kaya daw ganun sila kasigasig at minamadaling maipasa ….

  2. The MILF “wants” BBL. I am not so sure the rest of Mindanao has been consulted on this. It is no different than the rebels of Africa who amputate legs and limbs of civilians and then get rewarded with high-paying jobs after a treaty while the victims suffer for the rest of their life. Not even a prison term for the rebels.

  3. These two MILF H…..S, won’t stop at anything to get BBL passed, may vested interest ang dalawang Ito. Ang kapal ng mga mukha nitong dalawang Ito, ayaw na nga nang tao pinipilit pa nila. There must be something at the end of the rainbow for them. Nag Sauli Lang nang Ilan baril ang MILF tatalon tatalon na si Ferer sa pinakikitang good faith daw ng MILF, kalabasan palpak naman. Mag resign na kayo mga Traidor!!!

  4. All of us want peace but at what expense? The BBL is a Trojan horse designed by the Malaysians as if initiated by the Muslims in Mindanao. The whole truth is: we are being fooled by the negotiators: administration and foreign personnel wearing the mask of treachery.We have already ARMM which needs only fine tuning to adapt to the changing situation in the country. It is working …

  5. Deles is blinded by her obsessive adoration of Iqbal and the MILF-BIFF. How can passing the BBL, thereby giving this Malaysian-sponsored terrorist organization a huge chunk of Philippine territory and billions of pesos, ensure peace?

    On the contrary, the BBL is a guarantee for war. The majority Christians and other sectors of the population not represented by the MILF-BIFF will oppose the Malaysian surrogates like Iqbal as their masters. They will surely take up arms. Remember how Christian militias fought the MNLF.

  6. Justaskingseriously on

    Malacanang Palace: Iqbal and Murad are filipinos. Not so fast. There is no record that these names are even recorded in the Bureau of Immigration despite all the travels that these people have been doing. Fake names? First settle these issues about the blatantly false info coming from Malacanang. Collusion with foreign agents is treason. Congress should heed the peoples’ concerns that their interests are being compromised. Malaysia’s interests are not the filipinos’ interests. It is clear that the real filipino muslims of Mindanao just want to be filipinos. Pretending filipino muslims need to be unmasked as foreign agents. Then the real concerns of filipino muslims can be addressed along with the interests of all other minorities in Mindanao. Malaysian absorption of Sabah is a genuine motive for Malaysian agents to fool philippine negotiators who are pushing for “peace”. Let the fooling end with the fools of women negotiators. Muslim foreign agents negotiating with women? Ridiculous for the women to fall for the muslim men’s feigned charm. Women will never be equals of muslim men! Non passage of the BBL is the good thing that comes from the bad thing that happened at Mamasapano. The massacre of the valiant SAF 44 is a babala (tagalog for warning): beware of BBL!

  7. I wonder how Deles can justify the BBL in the face of 62% in Mindanao against it. This opinion is even after the MILF has advertised in media, billboards, and signs all over Mindanao how good the BBL is. The BBL makes little sense now that Mindanao is even against it. I forgot how many were for it, 9%? Junk it and Deles.

  8. Paki check din nga ng passports ni Deles at Ferrer baka Malaysian passports din.
    BBL is the most stupid act this administration has ever done. Second lang ang hindi pag sorry ni Pnoy.

  9. Teresita Quintos-Deles, aware that the BBL is “unpopular” (agaist the will of the people), but still wants to cram it down the throats of the philippine people. Who died and made her dictator? What a shamful example of destroying the concept of self government and limited government. This type of politics is what it is like in communist China. Deles has complete contempt and disregard for democracy. If BBL is passed, the Philippines will break apart and be Balkanized. There will be no peace with BBL, only more war.

  10. Roldan Guerrero on

    DELES and ROXAS, ABAD and PURISIMA are famed members of the “HYATT TEN”, a futile organization who used to BLACKMAIL they supposedly kept secrets of their Victims and Targets that could defame and ruin them. Because Pnoy was so careless by accepting every BALIMBINGS joining his camp…these TERMITE 10 were able to penetrate Aquino`s living room. It must be certain that Pnoy have BEANS he is so aftaid these people will spill. They are BLACKMAILING PINOY even worst than what they did to GMA. Pnoy`s gross tolerance of what these HYATT 10…whether lawful or illegal are doing makes him close his ears and eyes to these people.

  11. jose b taganahan on

    I beg to dis-agree along with the 62% (base on the latest pulse Asia survey) of the inhabitants of Mindanao. The vast majority of the people of southern Philippines do not need the BBL and in fact they want the BBL to be junked by congress.

  12. So, Deles is saying that BBL is for peace to reign in Mindanao, then which of the 5 percent moro population in the whole Philippine archipelago is it representing, given that there are other stakeholders or other indigenous tribes existing and living in Mindanao. Well known tribes, such as T’boli and the B’laan (or “Bla-an”). The other groups are the Ata, Bagobo, Banwaon, Bukidnon, Dibabawon, Higaunon, Kalagan, Mamanwa, Mandaya, Mangguwangan, Manobo, Mansaka, Subanen, Tagakaolo, Teduray and the Ubo, who have lived in Mindanao for centuries. Are they properly represented by BBL?

    Looking into the global scale of things, when considering ‘peace’, as what the rest of the Muslin world is presently trying to put a stake on. The radical IS group, which came out of Al qaeda, which is currently terrorising the western world, and even their executing own ‘brethrens’ in Syria and neighboring Iraq. While, on regional scale, in Iraq where Shiites and Sunnis continue to battle each other for supremacy after the fall of Saddam. Now, on our local front, as stated by Duterte – “Dili na sila magkasinabot (They can’t get along). Talk peace with the Moro National Liberation Front (whose members are mainly Tausugs, Yakans, and Samals), and MILF (whose members are Maguindanaos and Maranaws) came out fighting. You talk peace with the MILF, and the MNLF draws its gun.” Duterte likened the Muslim communities in Mindanao to Arab countries. “They are all Muslims, but they still fight with each other. It has nothing to do with religion. It’s all tribal.”

    Deles, Ferrer and the rest of the peace panel should go back to their drawing boards and rethink their defective plan, to gain peace in Mindanao, because looking at the global state of Muslims paradigm of ‘peace’, none of it exist, they are as fractious as they are like BS Cojuangco Aquino III, when it comes to dividing the nation.

  13. This traitor and Ferrer should be killed by firing squad. At least ferdinand marcos is still a patriotic and nationalist for whatever pilferage he has done to our country. Pag nanonood ako ng TV naririnig ko namang tagalog ang salita ng mga rebeldeng moros na ito. Ang problema kasi economic at neglect of the national government.

  14. This traitor and Ferrer should be killed by firing squad. At least ferdinand marcos is still a patriotic and nationalist for whatever pilferage he has done to our country.

  15. Cres Malifier on

    NO, NO, NO! We from Mindanao need a peace agreement not just with the authors of the BBL. We need a peace agreement with all the stakeholders in MIndanao.
    The first thing that the BBL–as written by the MILF and made a little bit palatable and less unconstitutional by Malacanang and brought personally by Aquino to the House– will do is WAR!
    If what is passed by Congress is that something which Murad calls “watered down” some of his own bodyguards will leave him and go to war against the Philippine government and the Mindanao Christians.
    If what is passed is a law that creates the Bangsamoro substate described in the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by Ferrer and Iqbal and Malaysia, Christian and Lumad armies will rise! Even members of the AFP and the PNP will support the war against that kind of MUslim autonomous region or substate.

    • Vicente Penetrante on

      Agree! It is limited thinking to insist that BBL is the only way. No self-imposed leadership like the MNLF or MILF would be good enough for the people of Mindanao. 62 percent or more are saying so!

  16. The south dont need the bbl , what we need is equal application of justice
    for ALL Pilipinos , but look at Just tiis secretary delima , does she represent
    Justice or Just ti-is ? I dont see justice in her , she is a puppet or puppy of PNoy .

    • You are not from the South. You are not the one who’s constantly experiencing the fear of being in the middle of gun fires. You have no right to decide for them what they need and what they don’t because you don’t know anything about their condition.

  17. I beg to disagree with the government’s top peace adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles on the need for BBL. Look around you Mrs. Deles and you will see that there are Filipino Muslims who follow the laws of the Philippines and live in peace among Christians without BBL in Metro-Manila, in Ilocos, in Baguio and Mountain Province, in Pangasinan, in Pampanga, in Batangas, in Bulacan, in Bataan, in Cebu, in Bohol, in Cavite, in Mindoro and in ALL the other parts of the country. If these Filipino Muslims who are ALL over the country could live in peace with Filipino Christians without BBL, why do the Filipino Muslims in Mindanao not able to do it? No to BBL! If the Filipino Muslims in Mindanao would choose to live in peace among us, this can be done even without BBL.

    • vagoneto rieles on

      To President Aquino, this about legacy; to Quintos-Deles and Coronel -Ferrer, it is to embellish a resume`; to Ibrahim,Iqbal,and their Malaysian handlers, the BBL is about religious hegemony. Those who can’t see this is on some kind of weed.

    • I totally agree with you, We don’t need BBL as we live peacefully for the past years with out it.This people from Luzon have just taken their power for granted and do not care for the safety of the people in Mindanao.

    • Alexto Smith on

      You obviously do not know anything about the BBL. Those Muslims you are talking about went to Manila in the first place because they do not want to be in a middle of a war between the armed groups and the government. BBL is not for Muslims in Manila. It is not even for Muslims alone. IT IS FOR EVERY MOROS IN MINDANAO. It is for the Bangsamoro children. Give yourself a break and have time to read about BBL. It seems as if you don’t even have the basic information on the topic you are discussing.

  18. vagoneto rieles on

    We wonder..which of the five Constitutions that the Philippines has had so far, gives the President, Mesdames Quintos-Deles and Coronel-Ferrer, and these twenty-five Congressmen, the right to dismember the country; and, to concede to Bangsamoro, an avowed ‘Non-Filipino’ group of people, roughly 15% of her land area. We are also amazed at Ms. Quintos-Deles’ visionary attribute, that she can see lasting peace once this ‘Frankenstein of a BBL’ is passed. She has, perhaps, forgotten the countless insurgent activities since the formation of the MIM, (Mindanao Independence Movement) in 1972; through 1976, when the MIM morphed into the MNLF; through Hashim Salamat’s MILF in 1977; and on to Cory’s ARMM in 1987. With the formation of each of these ‘Acronyms’ fresh and long-drawn-out fire fights would erupt. Can Ms. Quintos-Deles, Ms. Coronel-Ferrer, and even the President assure the public that no other ‘Acronym’ will surface?
    To a sensible thinker, only a thoughtful and vigilant Chief Executive and a strong and disciplined armed force could assure the country of lasting peace.

  19. The only way to peace is for all armed terrorists like MILF, MNLF, BIFF, JIM, Abu Sayyap, etc. to lay down their arms and pledge allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines. Under our secular government, each ethnic group – Moros, Tagalogs, Visayans, Bicolanos, Ilocanos, Igorots can practice their respective religions freely.

    Instead of spending block grants in six years amounting to P528.6 billion exclusively for Bangsamoro, spend this public money on roads, schools, hospitals and job creation programs for ALL of Mindanao.

    If the Moros do not want to live peacefully with the rest of the Filipinos, let them move to Afghanistan or Malaysia instead. Scrap the BBL. Ferrer and Deles should be fired; they are agents of the MILF.

  20. The so-called need does not justify approving a BBL that goes against provisions of the Constitution and promises to give away a big chunk of Philippine territory. Whoever approves it and supports it is guilty of treason to country and people.

  21. I am wondering if Malacanang is already an extension office of the Malaysian government that the President who sit there try to force us to accept the Malaysian script called BBL even if the majority Filipinos rejected it.

  22. The claim of Madam Deles is of itself “divisive”. We don’t need a “piecemeal” peace. Muchless, “peace by appeasement”. What is good for the south, is also good for the north, and for the whole country. The BBL being pushed shows how weak is the Aquino administration.

  23. “The government’s top peace adviser has admitted that pushing for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may be “unpopular” but the measure STILL NEEDS TO BE PASSED if only to ensure lasting peace in war-torn provinces in Mindanao.”

    OF COURSE NOT! This argument by Deles is not only devoid of intelligence. It is downright stupid. Any measure always has alternative options.

    I offer the words of His Holiness, P.Paul VI, in his Encyclical POPULORUM PROGRESSIO or the DEVELOPMENTOF PEOPLES, that “Peace cannot be limited to a mere absence of war, the result of an ever precarious balance of forces. No, peace is something that is built up day after day, in the pursuit of an order intended by God, which implies a more perfect form of justice among men.”

    This means that peace can never be just the passage of the BBL. Peace is something that must be achieved in JUSTICE. And justice can never mean the senseless slaughter of 44 SAF troopers. It is the development of people by a government who doesn’t require a peace treaty to make sure that it gives to the people their due.

  24. The “deles/Ferrer’ position — forget the public!!! — is not surprising. This is just continuation of how Deles/Ferrer and Govt Panel have viewed Christians, lumads, Tausugs and other groups of Mindanao. Hindi kayo MILF, tabi na lang kayo…. wala kayong boses.

    • Alexto Smith on

      BBL is for all the children of Mindanao including those groups you mentioned. BBL being for Muslims alone is a common misconception.