Let us not lose hope on BBL – Robredo


KIDAPAWAN CITY: Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has expressed her support for the Mindanao peace process as she called on North Cotabato residents not to lose hope in the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“Hindi pweding mawalan ng pagasa [let us not loss hope (on BBL)],” Robredo said during the celebration of the Kalivungan Festival marking the 101st founding anniversary of North Cotabato this week.

Robredo said she was also disappointed in the “slow progress” in the measure at the House due to “lack of quorum.”

The lady solon, who voted “yes” for the passage of the proposed law, said critics should not use the issue merely to attract voters. Instead, she said legislators should focus on the proposal’s core issues particularly to attain peace in Mindanao.

“If we voted down the BBL, it’s just like we emptied the space for the decades-long peace talks in Mindanao,” she said, assuring her continued support for the BBL either in the current administration or the next.

Residents and officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) had credited Robredo’s husband, the late former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, for his participation in efforts that led to the signing of the peace agreements between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Robredo said the country’s legislators push the peace process to “move” forward and avoid becoming part of adverse consequences in a stunted or watered down BBL.

Meanwhile, people in Lanao del Sur, one of the component areas of ARMM, were dissatisfied in the development of the BBL particularly with the version of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Thousands of Muslim residents staged a mass rally on Monday in Marawi City vowing to reject the “watered down” BBL.

“BBL is not dead. It is alive in the hearts and minds of the Bangsamoro,” said Drieza Liningding, head of the Bangsamoro for Peace and Development.

He said “it is not the substitute bill written by Senator Bongbong Marcos or the bill passed by the House ad hoc committee.”

During the rally, the participants of the rally threatened to issue a Fatwah or Islamic ruling against Marcos for writing a substitute bill that they described as “unacceptable” to the Bangsamoro people.


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    Media finds Peace Stories from Wato more interesting than war
    By Salman Ali, http://www.facebook.com/MediaResourceCenter

    MARAWI CITY, Sept. 2, 2015 – On their last round of coverage from the morning rally in Marawi, a group of reporters is discussing reports of bloodshed from a family feud in Pantar, a municipality down the way to Iligan.

    The issue cannot rest in their minds as people tend for more stories from the bloodshed that makes more money in the trade, bread and butter of reporters. At the back of their minds, there is also a story rarely heard.

    It says, a local chief executive is making a career in her passion to serve and she is building roads, not only the “farm to market” but actually, a roadmap of peace and prosperity for the Bangsamoro that requires no BBL at all.

    Municipal mayor Raysalam Bagul-Mangondato is playing tough throughout the 8 years building infrastructure eating large chunks of her annual budget that cannot even suffice the political paybacks to relatives and leaders squezzing muscles for a payroll.

    That’s all added to the “tabang” traditional alms extended for all deaths, weddings, rido, and many more. She can just lay low if she wants to pocket more of the IRA and nobody will care, but instead saving money for the votes ensuring more chances in reelection, she goes on dancing on the tune of good governance with nobody cares except those who understands the social impact she made.

    With the prevalent mindset people had around Lanao, the Lady mayor is not making relevance to their lives and the society had no means to appreciate, or even understand and make interest of what shes doing.

    Had it not for the facebook giving tool to few people to share and interpret things, the tough mayor of Wato-Balindong and the breakthrough she is making in her town isolated in this part of the planet, Mayor Mangondato is a never heard story.

    Now at the dead end of the peace process losing the Bangsamoro cause in vain, the eerie scenario of war, worst than ever, is giving sense to the passion of service of the lady mayor in Wato-Balindong. The gain of good governance she loves has provided a roadmap of peace and prosperity for the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

    Without knowing it, the lady mayor is actually giving light at the end of the tunnel, just in time before the BBL doomsday.