Hataman laments opposition to BBL

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DAVAO CITY: Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao lamented the results of the Pulse Asia survey that showed negative reception toward the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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Hataman said the BBL was severely affected by the criticisms hurled against the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) following the police operation in Mamasapano, Maguin-danao that resulted in the death of 68 people, 44 of them elements of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police.

“We have expected that the acceptability of BBL will suffer after that incident in Mamasapano on January 25. I am not really surprised,” Hataman said in an interview with 105.9 Balita FM here.

The Mamasapano tragedy, he said, was the spark that ignited further the public’s misconceptions and biases against the Moro people and the establishment of a Bangsamoro territory, once BBL is ratified.

“The public is still confused about BBL. I would say the BBL is really misunderstood,” Hataman said. “Many think that it will facilitate the establishment of an independent republic, or an Islamic State. What happened in Mamasapano was the turning point that worked against the BBL and the aspiration of the Moro people,” he added.

The Mamasapano carnage, he said, hostaged the BBL as the public’s mistrust of the MILF and the government heightened.

Miriam Colonel-Ferrer, a professor who chairs the government negotiating panel, said results of the survey clearly showed that many Filipinos remain misinformed about the proposed law.

The survey, conducted from March 1 to March 7, showed that 62 percent of people in Mindanao reject the passage of BBL. Almost five out of 10 Filipinos or 44 percent are also not in favor of the passage of the proposed law.

“There are still those who are misinformed about certain provisions of the BBL,” she said, stressing that the issues that need to be clarified include the supposed establishment of an MILF-controlled military and police forces.

“This is an opportunity for us to make the public well-informed that they will be able to understand and appreciate our efforts to stop the war in Mindanao,” she said. “If the people are informed well, they can help us convince our legislators to continue the peace process and the deliberations of the BBL,” she added.

Hataman questioned the locale of the study.

“Did this study cover the core territories of ARMM which will also be the same areas where the plebiscite will be conducted?” asked Hataman. “I think it is only correct to also conduct a study covering the core territories,” he added.

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7 Comments

  1. SALAHODIN B. AMER on

    Actually BBL is not the only solution to Mindanao problem, there are other and easily accept by the ph government as well as the people of LUZVIMINDA….

  2. rene catalasan on

    Gov. Hataman, please go over Mr. Romero’s Article in today’s (Saurday Mar 21) issue of this Newspaper and share you honest opinion about it.

  3. Deles is still in her fantasy-world that Pinoys can not think for themselves. I suppose this is why she did not take time to get the majority-population of Mindanao to participate with regards BaBa-La. Why Deles thought that Murad and Iqbal speaks for the lumads, Misuari and his followers, the businessmen and other folks of Mindanao is amazingly nutty. And I’m not the one saying this — the Senate Committee pointed it out, too. (**What’s even crazier, many don’t follow Murad/Jaffar and Iqbal does not speak for all of the MILF commanders, much less Commander Kato and many “MILF-lost-command”.)

    • SALAHODIN B. AMER on

      if the Muslims lay their arms they will be massacre again cos according to the history the massacre Muslims was happened way back 1970’s

  4. Gov.Hataman nobody is bias against anybody in this country,only few people like you will use it for you own personal gain.Finally the people of Mindanao have finally spoken thru their heart with no fear and 62% said no to BBL.Ferrer just shut your mouth you are a traitor the more you talk the more treason you are committing you should be arrested along with Deles and Orestes.

  5. what war are you talking about, gov hataman? what war? you’re giving a false picture of what mindanao is. mindanao is a peaceful place, you are just creating a false image of it, with in fact it’s the milf who is only keen on war because of its interest. drop those interests drop your weapons and return to the fold and your self inflicted war be solved.