Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles on Saturday called on the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to look into the allegations of former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan that Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim and MILF peace panel chairman Mohaqher Iqbal are Malaysian citizens.
Nograles said the question on the citizenship of the two MILF officials should be resolved before Congress continues with its deliberations on the proposed BBL.
If true, Nograles said Congress can be held criminally liable for committing acts of treason for selling out the country’s sovereignty to foreign nationals.
“According to former Secretary Rafael Alunan 3rd, both Chairman Murad and Chairman Iqbal travel with Malaysian passports, and are in fact Malaysians. This is a very serious allegation and must be investigated immediately, even before we continue deliberations on the BBL,” Nograles, a member of the ad hoc panel, said.
“I raise this concern because if it is true that we are writing the BBL Law for Malaysians then we in Congress will be criminally liable for acts of treason,” he added.
According to the Mindanao solon, the Ad Hoc committee will have longer time to review the proposed Bangsamoro law and how it will affect the country because Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte decided to “extend the life” of the panel for another two months.
“We are all for peace but we should achieve peace in Mindanao without sacrificing our sovereignty as one nation and one people,” Nograles said.
“I call on our Ad Hoc Committee chairman Rep. Rufus Rodriguez to immediately call the officials of the Bureau of Immigration and subpoena all travel documents of Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and Mohaquer Iqbal to shed light on this matter and confirm whether or not these allegations are true,” he added.