House railroading BBL to suit Noy’s whims

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In the face of persistent questions of constitutionality and lingering doubts about the real intentions of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Malacañang-controlled House of Representatives moved to press the passage of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Noynoy Aquino’s marionettes in the House ad hoc committee have chosen to ignore the strong public disapproval and opposition to the proposed legislation even as a “watered-down” version is being presented in the plenary for approval.

The new draft, which was finalized after committee chairman Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and committee vice chairpersons met with the President, was distributed to the lawmakers just a few hours ahead of the voting Monday.

Truth is there remain several contentious provisions in the committee-approved draft that need to be tackled. I don’t think such tough issues would be duly-addressed any longer in the plenary proceedings.


Instead, they have decided to shove the BBL crap down our throat after leaving the public out on its intricacies and railroading its passage.

The ad hoc committee’s proceedings contrast sharply yo those conducted by the Senate committee headed by Senator Bongbong Marcos who has taken pains to hold public hearings in Muslim Mindanao to listen to what people have to say about the BBL.

In unfairly rushing the ill-conceived BBL, the House stands to shatter its own already dwindling credibility in the wake of its moro-moro-like inquiry on the Mamasapano massacre.

Garapalan na iyan.

Among those who expressed strong objection to the rushed voting were Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat, South Cotabato Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez, Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Belma Cabinalo and Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares.

They particularly opposed the so-called “opt-in provision” contained in Article III Section
3, which would allow areas contiguous to the Bangsamoro region to hold a plebiscite to later join the new political entity.

“This is a very contentious provision everywhere we went, especially in the areas surrounding the Bangsamoro region,” Lobregat pointed out.

Hernandez warned of instability as areas contiguous to the Bangsamoro region “will always be watching their backs” in fear of encroachment if the provision is approved.
Who does not desire a lasting peace for the troubled South?

But having lived my childhood years in Mindanao, particularly in Zamboanga City and Davao City, I fully understand their apprehension.

They have reason to believe that the Bangsamoro region originally envisioned by the MILF as a separate nation-state is not confined or limited to the region area identified in the proposed BBL.

People have reason to believe that the MILF, which until now has not laid down their armies’ arms despite the peace accord, has not pledged allegiance to the nation’s flag or expressly offered to do so.

Needless to say, the tragedy of the Mamasapano mass murders must be resolved first and not be swept under the rug.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Board of Inquiry established what can be aptly described as acts of “war crimes” that MILF and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) perpetrated that infamous day in Mamasapano.

The MILF must prove good faith by bringing to justice the hundreds of its men, who feasted on the hapless Special Action Force (SAF) policemen in the January 25 “pintakasi.”
No, we do not wish the rest of our Filipinos in Mindanao, Christians and Muslims alike, to be subjected to pintakasi by the MILF, BIFF and the warlords’ goons once they start their secessionist reign.

The House of Representatives must prove true to its sworn duty and responsibility to truly represent the hearts and minds of the nation and not just to suit the whims of the culprit culpable for messing up his own moro-moro.

Hindi kayo karapat-dapat, mga animal!

etuflo2011@yahoo.com

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15 Comments

  1. When the votation of the BBL by the traitors in the ad hoc committee was going on, Pnoy was singing “chowe chowe train, running down the track . . .”

  2. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers, New York
    20 May 2015

    The House of Representatives will be making a very serious mistake if it allows itself to be pressured by President Aquino into passing the BBL rashly without making CERTAIN that provisions which violate the Constitution are completely taken out.

    The Peace Council which President Aquino himself created, led by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, found one provision in that BBL which it suggested should be deleted. It is that provision “that will allow an increase in the number of Bangsamoro territories through a periodic vote by residents in areas not yet under the autonomous region.”

    And here is another suggestion by the same Peace Council: It suggested that “If there are other ‘infirmities’ in bill, David said lawmakers should find a way ‘to correct’ these deficiencies.”

    Subsequent press reports have made it clear that lawmakers have indeed found there are several other ‘infirmities” in the BBL. It is the duty and responsibility of Lawmakers to take all of these OUT.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    Lapulapu1927@yahoo.com

  3. Mr. Tulfo please publish the names of these animals of congress for the
    Filipino people to know who these traitors are. I hope the people will shame them and their families for the rest of their lives.

  4. Ernesto Gacrama on

    every Filipino should be ready to die if Our nation is abused by monsters in Malacanang

    • Ano pa nga ba ang hindi kayang gawin para lang maisabatas ang BBL na ito hindi ba ang 44 na buhay ng ating magigiting na kapulisan ay walang panghihinayang na naisakripisyo na . God bless the Philippines .

  5. ZULTAN WAHID on

    sir paki lista yung mga name ng mga congressman na nag railroad ng bbL para malaman ng taumbayan ang dapat sisihin kapag nahati at nagkagulo ang pilpinas!

  6. Pinakamababang uri ng hayop ang mga congressmen na yan Mr. Tulfo. Please write the names of those representathieves that railroaded this BBL.

  7. That’s not new to us. These Congressmen who deliberately pass the BBL will have its time come 2016. Those Senators who will also join the call of the President will also be condemned. If we want peace in Mindanao, they should consider all stakeholders in the area. They should not only focused to MILF. It’s just like surrendering our flag to the MILF. What the people observed is to give-in all the wants of the MILF whether it is Constitutional or not. I appreciate Sen. Marcos. He wanted to hear the real problem in the area so it can be included in the drafting of BBL. Maybe the Lower Congress wanted to pass the BBL in a haste so the Malacanang can pressure the Upper House to pass also the BBL. What a SHAME….

  8. mindanao boy on

    i am more than willing to die today, just to ensure lasting peace for the lives of my future grandchildren.
    if this democratic exercise eventually fail it’s rightful and just intentions. then, history will repeat itself in this part of our beloved land.
    may allah bless them all.
    after that, we will come for those who caused all these madness.

  9. P.Akialamiro on

    What do you expect with all the PDAF and DAP monies given to many corrupt members of congress and high government officials?

    Next year, there’s another chance to tell the people who among the candidates are “trapos” and “corrupt”. Let’s do our part. Else, we will all deserved what we’ve got..