Bongbong to senators: Resist BBL pressure

BBL FOES  Groups opposed to the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law call for the junking of the measure in Congress during a rally held at Rizal Park in Manila. The bill was approved at the committee level at the House of Representatives last week. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Groups opposed to the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law call for the junking of the measure in Congress during a rally held at Rizal Park in Manila. The bill was approved at the committee level at the House of Representatives last week. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

SEN. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday called on his colleagues in the Senate to be brave and resist political pressure in deciding the fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Marcos made the call as he bewailed that passage of the BBL measure at the House of Representatives was tainted with politics.

“Alam n’yo, hinalal tayo ng taumbayan at mayroon tayong responsibilidad na gawin kung ano ang nasa interest ng bansa. Huwag tayong matakot na gumawa ng tama. Alam naman natin kung ano ang tama, ano ‘yung maganda. Huwag tayong matakot na gawin ‘yung maganda. Basta tama ang ginagawa natin, hindi tayo magkakamali [We were elected by the people and we have the responsibility to safeguard the country’s interest. Let us not be afraid to do what is right. We know what is right. If we do the right thing, we will not err],” he said in an interview over radio dzBB.

“Medyo nakakalungkot ‘yung nangyari sa House of Representatives… dinaan sa pulitika ang BBL [What transpired at the House is saddening. The BBL passed because of politics],” Marcos added.

The ad hoc panel on the BBL headed by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City voted on the proposed law a few days after President Benigno Aquino 3rd twice called the lawmakers to a meeting.

Marcos said the House panel should have realized that the issue was peace and the lives of the people, not “political expediency.”

Marcos, who heads the committee on local government in the Senate, is scrutinizing the BBL and listening to more stakeholders to produce an “all-inclusive” BBL.

The Senate hearings were attended by the Moro National Liberation Front and members of the Peace Council created by Aquino to comb through the proposed measure. The panel is headed by former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

Marcos has conducted separate hearings in Cotabato, Marawi City, Tawi-Tawi, Jolo (Sulu) and Zamboanga City.

Today, he will listen to representatives of the Sultanate of Sulu and members of indigenous groups.

On June 3, Marcos will conduct the final hearing with local government unit officials.

He said the two hearings are necessary because the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process left out these major stakeholders in the peace process and negotiated only with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“It is very clear that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement were negotiated only with the MILF and excluded the Sultanate of Sulu and the local government officials in Mindanao and that is not an all-inclusive peace process. [It is tailor-suited for the MILF],” Marcos added.


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  1. Well said Estrella isang anak na sumisira sa pangalan ng mga magulang Nya at isang anak na tutubus sa nasirang pangalan ng mga magulang niya

  2. Pinoy is in the GIVING Spirit – what is wrong with that? He is giving the Spratly Islands and other islands to the Chinese, he is giving Mindanao to the MILF and possibly ISIS, and he is giving up his responsibilities as president to keep and preserve territorial rights of the country. Perhaps the country is too big for him to govern -let him be the president of the Tarlac Republic.


    Only in the Philippines!

  3. No president now can give bribes to his fellow senators to get their way as everyone is looking for that. Plus if he does bribe them it doesnt actually go into their pockets but to projects they want .
    I think they will be wrong in giving muslims their own country ( thats what they are doing ) & the tax payers throughout the philippines will be paying for this. In the uk we had a shire ( cornwall ) they wanted independence from the uk but our overnment told them no way. You should do the same. If muslim people want to live in a muslim state tell them to move to a muslim country. Could you imagine any muslim courty giveing s part of their country to christians & all the muslims in that country paying for it. Its a joke right, but not here in the philippines thats exactly what they want. Once they get it there is no going back. The only thing you could do is stop financially supporting them & that might cause terrorist attacks as if they dont get their way thats what they have done & will do again in the future. I think it could lead to a civil war & that would be a good thing as it would unite the country & get the coutry acting as one. It would be bloody & horrible but it would solve the problem.

  4. Pnoy is a Malaysian conduit and Iqbal is a Malaysian double spy…. When the Aquino is in power, the moros and malaysians becomes relevant.

  5. Nal Estrella on

    Ang magandang itinanim ni Sen. Benigno Aquino at ng kanyang asawang si President Cory Aquino ay sisirain sa isang iglap ng isang anak na si Pres. Benigno Aquino III.

    Kung sa pananaw natin ay masama ang ginawa ni President Ferdinand Marcos at ng kanyang asawang si Rep. Imelda Marcos, ito na siguro ang tamang panahon upang tubusin ni Sen. Bongbong Marcos ang pangalan ng kanyang pamilya.

    Parang telenovela, isang anak na sisira sa magandang punla ng kanyang mga magulang, at isang anak na binibigyan ng tadhana ng pagkakataon tubusin ang nasirang pangalan ng pamilya.

  6. Lerma P. Jacinto on

    The exclusion of several groups of stake holders in the CAB that Malacanang, its created-peace panel and the MILF had entered into was bad enough. Railroading the BBL in the House of Representatives as a piece of legislation was worst.

    Unlike the members of the Lower House who could not rise above their personal interest, party loyalty and subservience to the incompetent, wishy-washy and bribe-oriented leadership of PNoy, , we expect the members of the Phil. Senate especially the partymates of the President to think and act rationally, patriotically and independently from Malacanang’s influence/clout, to consider the interest of our country and the entire Filipino nation in writing a law for our Muslim and Indigenous fellowmen in Mindanao..

  7. I do believe Marcos could handle the pressure from Malacanang. Same as his father, the late Pres. Marcos, they cannot be swayed by any pressure. They are men of integrity and with principles. However, I am afraid from silent Senators since only Marcos, Santiago and Escudero are very vocal on the unconstitutionality of the BBL. These silent senators is just waiting how much will be offered by the Malacanang. Once the offer is good, goodbye to the fight for BBL.

    Tumutulo na ang mga laway ng mga buwaya na iyan sa Senate. Naghihintay lang yan ng malaking masasakmal nila….Ganyan ang mga buwaya tahimik kung umatake…

  8. There are three sides to this debate and it is not about peace.

    1. Pro-BBL side wants to create an independent Mulsim nation.
    2. Anti-BBL side wants to keep the Philiipines as one nation.
    3. Give Me Money side wants to get every peso it can and speaks in favor of the BBL.

  9. Cres Malifier on

    May the senators be guided by the Spirit of Truth and not by the spirit of Hypocrisy and Untruthfulness that the Devil, BS Aquino and his LP companions have imposed on the Filipino people.
    God, please prevent BS Aquino and allies from destroying the Filipino nation.

  10. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers, New York
    24 May 2015

    It is a sad commentary on the kind of backbone Filipino lawmakers have that Senator Bongbong Marcos should plead with his congressional colleagues NOT TO BE AFRAID of the heavy pressure obviously exerted on them by President Aquino to pass the BBL pretty much as the MILF wants it “as is” or with inconsequential Amendments, as the House of Representatives has done supinely.

    Will they listen to Senator Bongbong Marcos, and to Senator Mirrian Defensor-Santiago?

    Will they be invulnerable to the kind of pressure that P50 million each might be used to make them do his bidding?


  11. Bongbong, ikaw lang makakapigil ng kawalanghiyaan at katraidoran ni Aquino na tutulan ang BBL na yan. Mabuhay ka!

  12. I admired Senator Marcos conviction taken into consideration long term Peace and stability of Mindanao and the whole country. Inclusive of all stake holder of Mindanao must be a priority and not tailor fit to only a few. What about those christians in Bansang Moro controlled area??? Are they not part of the process. NAKUPO……