‘Improved’ BBL worth the wait– Marcos

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HIGH HOPES Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. addresses the Asia CEO Forum held on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

HIGH HOPES Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. addresses the Asia CEO Forum held on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said the cooperation being shown by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in giving the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) more time to be studied and improved shows how serious the former rebel organization is in attaining peace in Mindanao.

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Marcos, chairman of the Senate local government committee that earlier thumbed down the Malacañang version of the draft bill, said the amended measure would be worth the wait.

In his speech during the Asia CEO Forum, he said the Senate will pass a BBL that will adhere to intentions of a peace agreement signed by the Philippine government and the MILF and provisions under the 1987 Constitution.

The senator made the assurance after MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said they are open to changes in provisions of the draft BBL but that the changes should be made in accordance with the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

Murad added that with or without passage of the BBL, the MILF will continue to push for implementation of what had been agreed upon under the CAB.

“This is the best statement I heard from him [Murad] that they will not force the BBL to be passed during this administration. What is important is that the BBL will be passed properly,” Marcos said in an interview at the sidelines of the forum.

The senator, who is expected to report out to the plenary the substitute version of the BBL, said the statement of the MILF chairman is very encouraging and it further shows that the group can really be a partner for peace of the government.

Marcos clarified that he is not saying the BBL will not be passed by this administration but, he said, if Congress needs more time to study and improve the proposed law, it should be given the concession.

“If we can pass it within the proposed time table, then we will do it, but if we see that it needs further study and adjustments, then we should be given the time for that,’ he added.
Marcos noted that the BBL is a very important part of the peace process and it should be accorded importance by all parties.

“We must be very cautious and ensure that if we would propose amendments, they would still be true to the original intent of the CAB [Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro] and other related agreements the MILF had signed with the Philippine government,” he earlier said.

The passage of the BBL will pave the way for the establishment of a new Bangsamoro political entity, which will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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6 Comments

  1. Roldan Guerrero on

    The CAB is in the verge of throwing to the dusk bin as the nation`s legal luminaries has pending petitions in the SC to junk it since it was unconstitutionally framed by BSA and his cohorts. Senator BBM should better take a look at improving and amending the ARMM. It would be more appropriate to do this to avoid displacement of jobs existing in the ARMM. The BBL is a thrash….it should never be enacted!

  2. Norodin Lucman on

    Talk about logic and rationale about peace. The Bangsamoro people are patiently waiting and arming, aware of the treachery that is being hatched by peace spoilers and enemies of peace in Mindanao. What is there to improve?

    • What is there to improve? Well Bongbong probably wants to include one or two more provinces and add more billions to the budget. You wouldn’t like that?

  3. I feel Marcos has somehow change his tune now, it seems like he is now in sympathy with the murderers of SAF 44. What happened to the interviews with other concerned Muslims, the Lumads etc. no mention of them now. Has the yellow baboon influenced him too? BBL belongs to the waste basket. No peace will reign in Mindanao until the MILF is disbanded and disarmed. I sincerely hope I am wrong, less he puts his great Father to shame. Be your man, A MARCOS!

    • BBM is trying to be nice and diplomatic a very good trait of a leader. His speech at the Asia CEO forum has wisdom it should be admire.