Let the Malaysian Trojan horse sleep

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UNTIL President BS Aquino decided to ressurrect the issue, most Filipinos were quite content and relieved that the controversial and unconstitutional Bangsamoro Basic Law

(BBL) was apparently dying of neglect in the houses of Congress.

The neglect was well-deserved because hearings and debates in both the Senate and the House clearly and emphatically showed that the bill, if enacted, would create a state within our national territory and entrust to one rebel faction the administration and control of a large part of Mindanao and Sulu.

No sponsor of the measure, beginning with the President himself, successfully presented to our people and to Congress a persuasive brief for the BBL and a defense against the strong objections raised by so many, including major groups in Mindanao.


No official of the government, least of all the government’s peace adviser and chief peace negotiator ever answered the charge that the BBL was a Trojan horse for Malaysia and that it was being pushed in Congress by the administration because of a secret deal between the Malaysian prime minister and President Aquino.

In calling for a luncheon meeting last Tuesday with his allies in the House, Aquino sought to revive congressional interest in passing the BBL. 150 House members, including top officers of the chamber, were present.

They haggled over the size of the bribe
But instead of reaching a quick consensus on what to do with the measure, the meeting transmogrified into a prolonged haggling over the size of the bribe each congressman would get for voting for the measure.

Having already experienced Malacañang’s largesse in the impeachment of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, the members of Congress figured to collect a bigger “compensation package” for approving the BBL.

The prolonged haggling over the amount of loot is too shameful to contemplate, so we will refrain from giving a blow-by-blow account of the bargaining.

It is better to summarize the matter quickly, and be done with this sordid tale.

According to one source from the House, Aquino offered a total of P1.5 billion worth of projects to be equally divided among the 150 congressmen who attended the Tuesday luncheon meeting, and other congressmen who will vote for the BBL.

The lawmakers declined Aquino’s offer and made their own counter-offer – a whopping P20 million in cash for each congressman for their vote.

The lawmakers had reached a consensus on the amount, believing they should get what the senators got for impeaching Corona. They should not be treated as second-class-bribees.

Aquino refused to agree to the demand of the lawmakers, and offered instead each congressman P5 million cash for their vote. This resulted in a brief stalemate between the Palace and the lawmakers.

The source claimed that in the end, Aquino agreed to a P5 million cash each for their vote favoring the passage of the BBL. But this is unconfirmed.

But then the president relented and returned to his original offer of P1.5 billion in projects, thereby creating an impasse.

The fruit of the Tuesday luncheon was quickly evident in the House session the following day.

The House failed to muster a quorum for Wednesday’s session because only 134 lawmakers, including those opposing the BBL, made it to the plenary.

With the failure of the House to pass the BBL as envisioned by the President, the measure now appears doomed.

If it is dead in the House, it is even more dead in the Senate, where the majority of senators have signed a compact declaring the BBl as unconstitutional, following the lead of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Still, Aquino-owned House leaders are not giving up. They are trying to manufacture a quorum even when it does not exist, by listing absent legislators as present.

House majority leader Neptali Gonzales believes that there is still a chance that the BBL would pass because he believes there are more House members in favor of the measure.

Malacañang for its part claims that the President was given assurance on the passage of the BBL at Tuesday’s meeting.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told the media that President Aquino raised the looming threat of global terrorism as a key argument for passing the measure.

Time too short to tackle the issue.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon have boldly scheduled the referendum for the BBL’s approval on December 16, but the bill itself remains to be polished to permit voting on it by both the House and the Senate in plenary.

Congress’ last session day is December 16, after which it goes on Christmas break until January 18, 2016.

Given the circumstances, no one thinks there is a chance for the BBL’s passage this year.

It must wait till next year, or perhaps for the next Congress.

A prospect which in our view, is most welcome and pleasing. Let the sleeping Trojan horse lie where it is. Let Malaysia stew.

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10 Comments

  1. I’m agree BBL should be scrapped or change with DU30 federalism pero we should be vigilant also may resbak ito sa mga MILF. Uncertainty is fear in the making.

  2. ferdinand naboye on

    how can you achieve piece by giving full control of mindanao to a splitter group like the milf. they don’t represent a majority of even the muslims.

  3. The government of Bribe failed to
    bribe the House of Bribe. What happened? Not enough to satisfy
    their Greed? May you all burn in hell, FOOLS.

  4. Talagang hindi titigil si abnoy na maghirap at maghiwalay ang bansang Pilipinas..Bagsakan sana ikaw ng Langit Mr. B.S, aquino III and your cronies, oligarch na nagpapahirap sa mamayang filipino.
    ZERO VOTE TO ALL LIBERAL PARTY..

  5. How much is Mindanao worth? P1.5 B or P3B if we are to compute based on P20M x 150 thieves/traitors, with the master traitor masked as president of our republic or is it yellow republic using our treasury as bribe money…again.

  6. Claro Apolinar on

    Mabuti na lang pinagawayan nilang ang amount oif the bribe!
    May Sen. Bong Bong Marcos FM Jr. remain vigilant together with other patriotic senators.
    May God have mercy on the Filpinos–including Muslim Filipinos who don’t want to become subjects of Malaysia’s 5th column in the Philippines, the MILF.

    • He who is an accomplice to thievery is also a thief !!! Therefore Bongbong Marcos is also a thief !!! He is not a patriot !!!

  7. what a shame, our own leaders are plotting to give away Mindanao to Malaysia for a price just to satisfy their own stomach. MAY ALL OF YOU ROT IN HELL!!
    kawawa naman ang pinas walang namumuno na matino.
    this is really a god forsaken country! woe to all the BOBOtantes

  8. Aquino refused to agree to the demand of the lawmakers, and offered instead each congressman P5 million cash for their vote
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    Is this P5 million for each coming out of Aquino’s pocket or is he using the treasury to bribe the House of Rep’s again ?

    The Justice Dept should go arrest every one of those corrupt politicians today.