• House panel OKs Bangsamoro expansion

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    AYES and NAYS  Members of the House ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law divide the House in Monday’s hearing which also marked Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao’s (inset) return to the legislative ring after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr.  PHOTOS BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

    AYES and NAYS
    Members of the House ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law divide the House in Monday’s hearing which also marked Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao’s (Below) return to the legislative ring after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. PHOTOS BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

    There is strength in numbers and in Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny”  Pacquiao.
    With the eight-division world boxing champion on their side, the majority bloc in the House of Representatives flexed its muscles on Monday and overwhelmingly voted 35-17 to retain a provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law  that allows expansion of the Bangsamoro region after the enactment of the BBL.

    The proposed BBL is the codification of a peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which was signed in March in March 2014.

    The provision approved by the ad hoc panel states that contiguous cities/municipalities to the Bangasamoro region can join the area upon petition of 10 percent of registered voters and approval of such petition by a majority in a plebiscite, but only within five to 10 years after the BBL is enacted into law.

    House Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL chairman Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City earlier told reporters that such provision would be deleted.

    “I had a change of heart because of the middle ground that is provided in the draft,” Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop, vice chairman of the ad hoc panel and also a retired police general, pointed out.

     Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao

    Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao

    “The opt-in provision is very democratic. This is for the uplifting of the quality of life in the contiguous areas. We have nothing to be afraid here because the process will only start if there is a certain 10 percent. People can’t just join by themselves,” Sulu Rep. Tupay Loong said.

    Also accepted by the committee was a proposal of Iligan City Rep. Vicente Belmonte that seeks to ensure the  Bangsamoro expansion will be done based on merits, not on whims of a small area.

    The day was toughest and longest for Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat, who proposed one amendment after another.

    Lobregat fired the opening salvo by proposing to delete “Bangsamoro people” and right to self-determination in the preamble, motions that were defeated 13-37 and 11-37, respectively.

    He moved that the Bangsamoro region should be an integral and inseparable part of the Philippines but was turned down 10-34.

    Lobregat made at least 14 proposals that were rejected by the ad hoc panel.

    Marcos: CAB, BBL not inclusive

    THE Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the draft BBL were done with very little involvement of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), an organization that has an existing peace agreement with the Philippine government.

    Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, made this conclusion after listening to positions of leaders of different factions of the MNLF during a  hearing on the proposed BBL on Monday.

    “The MNLF has a very clear position on how to handle different issues that were not raised on this drafting of the BBL. It is necessary because they were not consulted or consulted very marginally,” Marcos said.

    The senator noted that the MNLF leaders feel that the BBL and the subsequent Bangsamoro government being proposed exclude MNLF gains made during past administrations.

    Marcos was referring to the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and the the 1996 Jakarta Agreement  that led to the creation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

    In a position paper, the MNLF said whileit is not against the CAB and the BBL, the organization is apprehensive on how the government and the MILF will dispense with the vital issues particularly in preserving the gains of the Tripoli agreement and the Jakarta agreement.

    Marcos  said his committee will include all concerns raised by the MNLF leaders and assured that the committee will not be rushed into approving the BBL.

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    19 Comments

    1. Manny Paquiao, isipin mo na lang paano matalo mo si mayweather sa boxing. Bobo ka pagdating sa batas, mas mabuti.sayoTumahimik ka na lang at huwag kang sasali sa pagboto sa BBL, kasi hindi mo maintindihan ano iyang nasulat sa BBL.

    2. We would like to request the management of Manila Times newspaper to kindly provide us the listings of those traitors members of the House of Representatives who voted for the BBL as well as those brave members who voted to junk the BBL. We will also exercise our right of suffrage in the coming election next year not to support those traitors who voted in favor for the BBL.

      Thank you in advance

    3. Every Filipino who truly loves his country should do something about this. These traitors are selling Mindanao for thousands of silver and it is not acceptable. We must do something!

    4. Rodolfo Liporada on

      What is Pacquiao doing? Has he not recovered yet from his defeat against Mayweather? I thought he was a leftist, I mean a southpaw. Was he promised that his tax responsibilities will be ‘arranged’?

    5. Pacquiao voting for the BBL – how can this loser ever know what is stipulated inside the provision, when all this time he was more concentrated with his training on boxing?

      With Abas, now a member of the comelec, chances of winning the plebiscite is more than surely done. Now, the next move for this administration to really ramrod this BBL is to ensure a win on the next national election – if Filipinos remain passive, as what is happening this very moment, and with no street protest, the Republic of the Philippines will see the fragmentation of its regions down south.

      • Our National Hero Manny Pacquiao gave more than an honor to our country, a prestige, a sacrifice that help his countrymen battle poverty. People like you calling Manny Pacquiao a Loser…WOW..what makes you think you deserve a respect from us, well in my opinion you are the loser and if you think your not..why don’t you say that in the face of our CHAMPION Manny Pacquiao. you think your tough and intelligent, why don’t you run your own country or better yet run your life…fragmentation? i think it’s just a fragment of your imagination…and PLEASE stop worrying about things you ain’t gonna be?..8 world titles, a Congressman, a Businessman, a good Father, a good son and most of all a Christian who loves muslim brothers and sisters..beat that!!!! your name is NALDO what kind of name is that????

    6. The point is not on whether the BBL is constitutional or not. But largely on whether it is ethical, moral and just. BBL will be taking so much from so many to be given to a few who this government have gifted with entitlements at the expense of the rest. Never mind the majority who will suffer as long as Noynoy Aquino’s interests are served and protected. How much is it this time? Have you no shame?

    7. A 10% is so insignificant. This should have been made 51 % at least. Also why not a provision if 10% of the people in an area would want to get out of the Bangsamoro governement. Nabayaran na ng PDAF ang mga tongressman na ito. Kailanga kasi ng pera malapit na eleksyon.

    8. Isa lang ang Bangsa Pilipinas. Kataksilan ang magsulong ng iba pang bangsa para mahati ang ating republika at sobereniya. Kilalanin ang mga taksil na nagsusulong ng BBL sa kongresso! Ang BBL ay isang mitsa ng lagim.

    9. Kale Alaskador on

      MABUHAY KA, CONG. CELSO LOBREGAT! I wish we have more people like you in the government. Thank you for showing you got balls and are not blinded by a few pieces of silver!

    10. Kale Alaskador on

      Why did Rufus Rodriguez turn around to support BBL? Was it for a few pieces of silver? Nakakahiya!

      It seems it will be smooth sailing at the Lower House for BBL.

      Maybe the House of Senate will still see reason and refuse the pieces of silver to support the BBL.

      Of course we still have the Supreme Court! But what if our honorable justices at the Supreme Court are also dazzled by a few pieces of Silver?

      Kawawa naman ang Pilipinas!

      • forgive me if i totally disagree…i heard the hearing and it was clear that Cong. Rufus Rodriguez had shown fairness as a chairman…everyone was given a chance to comment and suggest..it is only fair that a proposal of a certain congressman/woman would be put into voting to be fair to others, a majority wins the vote and shares same democracy. I think its time that we should give our muslim borthers and sisters a chance thru BBL.., how can you say na KAWAWA ang Pilipinas? bakit hindi ba kinawawa na noon pa?, a glimpse of critisism shows how invaluable your thoughts as a Filipino.. an intelligent suggestion would help and most probably put our country forward

    11. 100+days since President B.S.Aquino betrayed and abandoned the SAF commandos result Fallen 44 in favor of the terrorist MILF and their BBL.Still no justice for the Fallen 44 and also the Army Special Forces.Traitors P-NOY,Deles,Ferrer,Galvez and Orestes should be arrested for treason.Only the terrorist MILF will benefit on the BBL.Also the MNLF got betrayed by P-NOY lahi talaga nila.

    12. This is what happen when they have a meeting with the coward President B.S Aquino they were promise money if they vote yes on the BBL.This show that majority of the Reps are crook and doesnt care about the country,unpatriotics and traitors that why our country will never progress as long we got this kind people in our government.Mabuhay kayo Rep.Lobregat at yong mga ibang Rep who voted no you will be remembered for your patriotism.We need the name of those who voted yes and you will be remembered for being traitors come election day.

    13. The last hope of the country is on the hands of Senator Marcos panel. Sen Marcos could make an imprint in our history for not disallowing the BBL hook line and sinker to be rammed to the intelligence of the our people. We call all loving and patriotic senators not to approve the BBL without conforming to our constitution and to the interest of the majority of our citizenry, not to the caprices of a psychotic legacy syndrome of the present administration. We call the likes of Sen Santiago, Madam Monsod, the school authorities, the priests and nuns, the then likes of Sen Honasan and Trillanes, etc.

    14. Ito yung style ng Leadership ni Pnoy “Divide and Rule”! Sa tingin ko ang tindi ng galit ni Pnoy sa Pilipinas at gusto Nya waratin ang bansa natin. Wala syang pakialam na at paalis na sya Basta makuha Nya yung Peace Noble Award solved na sya at Kung ano man mangyari pag naipasa na yan BBL Wala na sa kanya yan at ipapasa Nya sa susunod na administration yung problema. Kita naman natin Kung paano Nya iniwan sa ere ang mga SAF 44. Bayad na yan mga Tongressman at Senatong at solved na rin ang mga yan sa PB, PDAF at DAF.

    15. Itong committee ni Rufus mosly kasi busog na ng pera ng Malakanyang na galing sa pondo ng bayan. Kaya imbes na prinsipyo ang pairalin, ang linya ng palasyo na ang nanaig. Sana makarma lahat kayong mga traydor sa bayan.

      • forgive me if i totally disagree…i heard the hearing and it was clear that Cong. Rufus Rodriguez had shown fairness as a chairman…everyone was given a chance to comment and suggest..it is only fair that a proposal of a certain congressman/woman would be put into voting to be fair to others, a majority wins the vote and shares same democracy. I think its time that we should give our muslim borthers and sisters a chance thru BBL.., how can you say na KAWAWA ang Pilipinas? bakit hindi ba kinawawa na noon pa?, a glimpse of critisism shows how invaluable your thoughts as a Filipino.. an intelligent suggestion would help and most probably put our country forward

    16. Phylliss Quinn on

      The vote of this group of congressmen means they don”t really care whether the Philippines gets fragmented or not. Refusing to delete the “self-determination” provision in the BBL proposed law means they don’t mind if these Muslims controlled by the MILF declare independence from the Philippine Republic and choose to join their patrons in Malaysia. Treason!