Government chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer still “sees positive signs” for Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) amidst a public outcry following the killing of 44 police commandos by joint forces of Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
“BBL is not down and still kicking,” Ferrer said in a press briefing on Friday night.
She said the government will continue to pursue a peaceful and lasting solution to the decades-old armed conflict in Mindanao.
Ferrer admitted that the timetable for Congress to pass the BBL by next month will not happen but she expressed hope the legislative body will act on it before it adjourns.
Lawmakers withdrew their support to the BBL after the Mamasapano incident that sparked public outrage across the country.
The slain police commandos were part of the 392-man SAF team tasked to capture international terrorist leader Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.
Congress has started investigating the incident.
“We will await the result of the investigation,” Ferrer said.
With regards to building up the case against those involved in the attack, Ferrer said the Department of Justice (DOJ) is in charge in the gathering of evidence.
Ferrer and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said the MILF should sanction their men involved in the encounter.
“We expect them to enforce discipline and let the law take its course,” Ferrer said.