The government peace panel raised false hopes when it forged a deal that served as basis for the proposed Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL), Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza of Buhay party list said on Saturday.
“If this pushes through based on what they signed and we created a false hope on the Muslims of Mindanao that they can implement it even if it is not in accordance with the Constitution, it could lead to more problems,” Atienza told the Manila Times in an interview.
Atienza and Abakada Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz filed a complaint at the Manila Prosecutor’s Office against members of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels for treason and inciting to sedition. The complainants alleged that the respondents’ agreeing to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the framework agreement, which were used as basis of the Bangsamoro law, is encouraging sedition.
Named respondents were MILF chairman Mohagher Iqbal and Miriam Coronel Ferrer, presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles, government negotiating panel member Senen Bacani, former Supreme Court justice Marvic Leonen and 18 others.
“They created a situation or an atmosphere wherein if (Bangsamoro bill) is disapproved, it will spark chaos…that is again the reason why we are accusing them of treason. They did not consider the interest of the whole nation,” Atienza said.
He lauded Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos for rejecting the Palace version of the BBL.
“What Sen. Bongbong did is right, Chairman [Rufus] Rodriguez should have done the same,” he said.
Rodriguez leads the House panel that reviewed the BBL.
“Let’s work together towards a better version…or let’s altogether disapprove it. Either way I am agreeable,” Atienza said.
He admitted that passing the BBL by June 11 will be difficult, citing the disinterest of lawmakers to attend hearings.
“That is an indication of lack of interest on the part of the members. Two, it could also be an indication that they are not for it and just by absenting is an act, expression on their part they are not in favor,” Atienza said.