• Lawmaker to MILF on Bangsamoro: Take it or leave it

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    The head of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday told the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to stop issuing threatening statements and to accept the revisions to the measure that seeks to establish a Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

    Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee on BBL, said lawmakers will pass the BBL bill minus its unconstitutional provisions.

    “This is it. They have to take it or leave it. They should not threaten us with another war because we have been in fear for the last 43 years. The government is prepared to face the challenges after this, whatever they may be. We can’t have a weak position. We are the government here,” Rodriguez stressed.

    “We want to help the Bangsamoro. We want to pass this law, but excluding the unconstitutional provisions,” he added.

    MILF leaders had earlier said that the group will not accept a revised BBL, warning that the non-passage of the measure may lead to armed conflict.

    But Rodriguez said the salient features of the measure – those that grant powers to the Bangsamoro government and fiscal autonomy to the Bangsamoro region will remain.

    What lawmakers will strike out are the provisions that will allow the Bangsamoro to establish its own Commission on Audit, Commission on Elections, Civil Service Commission, Office of the Ombudsman, Commission on Human Rights and police force, Rodriguez said.

    “The MILF should not worry. Article 5, which concerns the powers of government, is practically left intact. These are the nine powers reserved to the national government, the 14 concurrent powers [of the Bangsamoro government and the national government]and the Bangsamoro government’s 58 exclusive powers,” the lawmaker said.

    “The other is Article 12 which is autonomy. This is where the block (guaranteed) grants are found, the special development fund, the sharing [of tax collection proceeds with the national government]. These are also intact as far as we are concerned,” he added

    Rodriguez’s panel will resume its deliberations on April 20 to 30 in hopes that plenary debates can be held when Congress resumes session on May 4 and have the bill ready for President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s signature into law in June.

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