• Biazon warns govt vs unconstitutional provsions in Bangsamoro framework agreement

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    House Committee on Defense chair and Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon cautioned the government to further study the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to avoid further questions before the Supreme Court.

    In a chance interview on Monday, Biazon said that the conditions in the Bangsamoro framework agreement should be examined carefully to ensure that it does not violate provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

    He said there can be “traps” in the annexes, or the demands of the MILF that requires constitutional amendments, or the enactment, repeal, amendment of a law.

    One of the contentious provisions Biazon cited is the creation of a new police force within the new Bangsamoro territory.

    “We still have a lot of obstacles to hurdle along the way. Some of their demands will require constitutional amendments. You might remember there are different levels of authority that will be invoked,” Biazon said.

    “The Constitution is very clear: there shall only be one Philippine National Police, civilian in character and national in scope. I am not saying that it is hard for us—we need to examine all the scope of the annexes and find out and begin to study which of the provisions of these four annexes will require deeper examination so that we will know where the traps might be.”

    The former Armed Forces Chief of Staff predicted that there are many other provisions that will be questioned before the SC.

    In 2008, former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed the Memorandum of Agreement on the Muslim Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) creating an independent state within the Philippines, but was later on struck down by the SC as unconstitutional. JHOANNA BALLARAN

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