• Leni presses passage of Bangsamoro bill

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    Terrorist groups will continue to thrive if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed, Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo said on Sunday.

    Robredo made the statement during the Harapan Bise, a debate organized by ABS-CBN, when asked what advice she will give the sitting President.

    “This is something we have long feared. Until a law that addresses our Muslim brothers and sisters’ grievances and reflects their aspirations is passed, it would mean to them that we are not listening to them, and so they will be drawn to extremists like the ISIS,” Robredo said, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    The proposed law will create a Bangsamoro Region, which will replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Congress, however, failed to pass the measure because of the killing of 44 police commandos by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in January 2015.

    “In the event that ISIS reaches our shores, our government should act swiftly. But we should not wait for that to happen and move to pass a law that would address the concerns not only of the Muslims, but also of Christians, indigenous peoples, in Mindanao,” Robredo said.

    “It would be tougher to fight extremism if we will just react and not take a preventive action,” she added.

    Meanwhile, Sen. Francis Escudero vowed that he and Sen. Grace Poe will work to eradicate poverty, which he called “public enemy number 1.”

    “We will slay hunger not the hungry, kill poverty, not the poor, because by doing that we will be able to lead the country toward genuine progress,” Escudero said.

    Escudero dodged an attack by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano on his supposed failure to participate in anti-corruption hearings of the Senate.

    Cayetano was asked by one of the panelists about his weakness, but instead of answering directly, the senator praised himself as the only candidate who is willing to engage in a fight when it comes to corruption unlike Escudero who he alleged has done nothing against the corrupt.

    Escudero dismissed Cayetano’s allegation.

    He said he authored two laws that seek to prevent a repeat of atrocities of martial law: Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act, passed in 2009, and RA 10353 or the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act, passed in 2012.

    “I was the primary author and sponsor of the law that required the compensation of human rights victims,” Escudero added.

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    1. JJ Hernandez on

      Watching the comments here, clearly that’s why Philippines would never achieve peace in their country. Maybe Philippines would only achieve peace after 10000000x years and that is also the time Philippines will become a developed nation.

    2. Leni Robredo, you have no idea what you are talking about, its a trojan horse its deeper than from you know in the surface, whats wrong with ARMM?

    3. federalism is the best than bbl.

      Bbl is Malaysian version of operation merdeka of pres. marcos against the PH.

    4. Hindi ba kinopya lang nya ang sagot ni Bongbong Marcos sa CNN about giving concern sa mga brothers natin Muslim para di makapasok sa bansa ang ISIS. Never ko sya naringgan about this ISIS, ngayon lang dahil narinig na nya kay Marcos. nice one Leni!

    5. Di muna nagiisip itong babaeng ito. Ano ba lam mo sa MIndanao problem e sa Luzon ka pinanganak. Para lang makakuha ka ng Mindanao vote kung anu-ano na pinagsasabi mo. Mlaysia ang tumutulong sa MILF kaya mag-isip isip ka muna bago ka magsalita.

    6. We have been addressing their grievances, trying to understand their needs as part of this nation. It seems not enough for them. They were given the ARMM for self governance, to steer their lives and future to where they want to go. But they prefer a diffetent path. Do you really believe BBL is the solution to this problem? With or without that BBL, we will have to deal with the radicals and extremists among these people. A German political party said it correctly – Islam is not compatible with democracy and the Constitution.

    7. Tanga kung ipapasa mo ang BBL pag-gising mo isang umaga wala na ang kalahati ng Mindanao nasa pag-aari na ng Malaysia.

    8. Why insist on the Bangsamoro Bill instead of “ONE COUNTRY – ONE GOVERNMENT!”
      And do not differentiate by saying MUSLIM brothers, simply brothers will do.

    9. Ma’am Hindi po BBL Ang solution sa problema sa mga lugar Na Meron mga rebeldeng Muslim. Sa tingin ko po clueless po kayo sa katotohanan at sumasama po lamang kayo sa agos para makakuha ng Boto. Baka puede po yung grupo nyo ma relocate at tumira sa Mamasapano, AL BARKA BASILAN at Jolo para makita nyo po Ang katotohanan at Baka isang araw pa lamang sasabihin nyo Junk BBL Na. Sa lahat po ng mga pumupursige sa BBL tumira po kayo kasama Ang buong pamilya nyo sa mga nabanggit Kong mga lugar sa Mindanao para makita nyo Ang katotohanan. Yan boarder ng Malaysia at Philippines dyan pumapasok Ang mga foreign terrorist. Yan Ang Dapat isecure ng maigi ng atin AFP/PNP/PCG at free as a bird Kung pumapasok Ang mga taga ibang bansa Kaya maraming Smugglings at kidnapping dyan.

    10. Pass the BBL “as is”???? Those who plans to vote for her better pick up another presidential candidate. Talking without thinking eh you don’t care about the money people dole on taxes being wasted. BBL may be good in one way but “amend the unconstitutional provisions and must be fair on money with all the rest of the country.

    11. Politicians running for election promising heaven and earth but not aware of the consequences. Passing BBL is tantamount to secession. Until now politicians have not learned that Muslim in the PH cannot be trusted. BBL is one sided giving Muslim their own government under PH government considered against the constitution. Passing BBL will eventually give them sovereign power and authority to control the whole PH and make Filipinos the minority. Once in power they will align themselves with the ISIS and other terrorists group from the Middle East. Leni Robredo does not know what she is talking about.

      • Leni Robredo made no reference at all to the BBL. She said this:
        “In the event that ISIS reaches our shores, our government should act swiftly. But we should not wait for that to happen and move to pass a law that would address the concerns not only of the Muslims, but also of Christians, indigenous peoples, in Mindanao,” Robredo said. The BBL is not inclusive of all those groups that she mentioned. The BBL was crafted exclusively for the MILF.

    12. Mrs robredo should transfer her residence to basilan before she even say something about bbl that doesnt affect her way of life this bill becoming into law is a big change for the worst for us christians and muslims to include the lumads yes there should be reforms to improve economic and political setbacks cause by war for the last decade we can do this but dont rush it for politial levereage

      • Flora, Leni Robredo never made mention of the BBL. She said this:
        “In the event that ISIS reaches our shores, our government should act swiftly. But we should not wait for that to happen and move to pass a law that would address the concerns not only of the Muslims, but also of Christians, indigenous peoples, in Mindanao,” Robredo said. The BBL is not inclusive of all those groups she mentioned. PNoy’s BBL was crafted exclusively for the MILF.