Ferrer not giving up on Bangsamoro


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.


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  1. kay UP Prof Ferrer (another Mrs. Iqbal?)… kaya nagkaleche-leche ang bansa natin nang dahil sa inyong mga marurunong na nagbibigay-payo sa isang presidenteng torpe! lalung-lalo na kung ang mga payo nyo ay kalahating-luto!

  2. I have no good words for Ms. Ferrer in her attempt to save this BBL. We should look at evaluating what went wrong with the implementation of the original agreement with the MNLF’s autonomous government and improve on it. We do not need a BBL, heavily influenced by Malaysia, and deals with another entity, MILF who cannot be trusted. Ms. Ferrer requires a “loyalty to the country” check. Loyalty to Benigno is not loyalty to the country and people. Benigno himself needs the same check, since he has done nothing but come up with ways and means to bring the country down. A bright economy is not thanks to Pinoy. It is thanks to the businessmen who go about their businesses regardless of government. But when one looks at the country itself, with its lousy international airport, deteriorated safety conditions, terrible state of infrastructures and horrible traffic, there is not much to say except, get this man Benigno out before he destroys the country even more.