• BINAY: INCLUDE LUMADS, NLF IN BBL TALKS

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    Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said government should also consider the sentiments of other stakeholders like indigenous Mindanaoans or “Lumads” and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in its discussions on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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    The Vice President said including other stakeholders could help ensure peace in Mindanao.

    “Yung mga Lumads, yung MNLF, baka pwede pang makausap. Kasi ang kinatatakot nga diyan kapag makikipag-peace agreement tayo, may manggugulo na naman. Paano ba iyon? Kailangang masagot iyon,” the Vice President said.

    He noted that certain features of the draft BBL should be carefully reviewed since these could run counter to provisions of the Constitution and compromise national sovereignty.

    “Ang problema diyan ay mga gagawing features ng agreement. Yung sharing ng natural resources. Ang pagkaka-describe nga, I know this is exaggerated, kulang na lang mag-passport tayo bago ka makapasok sa mga lupang sakop. Of course it’s an exaggeration. Ang naging objection lang sa simula diyan ay may feature siya ng substate. Matagal nang usapan ito,” he added.

    Binay reiterated his stance that the passage of the BBL should not be bound by a deadline, noting that a two-week deliberation by Congress will not be enough to tackle all pertinent issues.

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