• Mindanao groups support original BBL

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    An organization and business groups in Mindanao are still favoring the passage of the original Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) because this would provide genuine autonomy for Muslims in Mindanao.

    Deo Palma, secretary general of the Ang Katipunan ng mga Samahang Maharlika, said this was what he found out during his consultations in Region 12 covering the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggni and cities of General Santos, Tacurong, Kidapawan, Midsayap, Koronadal and Cotabato.

    Palma said that he is at present conducting a series of consultation and gathering data about the BBL for their research and comprehensive study on what are the advantages and disadvantages on the agreement being pushed by the concurrent administration of President Noynoy Aquino 3rd with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) compared to the agreement signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos on September 2, 1996 with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    He also said that business leaders in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) during a conference on Wednesday urged lawmakers to let the original draft of the BBL be considered because it gives the Muslims a chance to gain autonomy.

    The business leaders conference titled “Forum on the Economic Impact of the BBL: Original Draft vs. Substitute Bill,” was sponsored by the Regional Board of Investment in the autonomous region.

    The business leaders said that bills to substitute the BBL, particularly House Bill 5811 and Senate Bill 2984, must be properly discussed because these are tantamount to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that was signed between the Philippine government and the MILF last year.

    A former municipal mayor of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, Labualas Abdul “Samrod” Mamansual, who also attended the business leaders conference, said he favors the BBL but said the MNLF’s call for genuine autonomy should be heeded.

    “But let us also consider the fight of the MNLF who also wants the genuine autonomy which we had long fought for almost 30 years in struggle before the final signing of the September 2, 1996 MNLF-GPH peace agreement,” he said, referring to the Philippine government.

    Mamansual also said President Aquino does not recognize the legitimacy of what Ramos had signed with the MNLF neither does he listen to the voice of the senior leaders of the MNLF.

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    1. If Aquino does not recognize the legitimacy of the agreement between Ramos as President and the MNLF and neither listen to the MNLF leadership as Mamansual said
      ( Jerry Adlaw ) then who will recognize and listen to Aquino on BBL after his term.

    2. As a plain true Filipino and have no interest in having some kind of political or religious power to control other, I have my views about BBL as follows:
      * Filipinos in Mindanao and wherever in the Philippines will be in much better
      situation without the special laws of BBL because everybody will have access to
      do business anywhere in Mindanao. That is of course if those armed groups will
      not interfere in the legal way of doing business. If and only if those armed groups
      will not required to receive “protection money”.
      * Lumads and all other non-muslim communities and/or individuals will be in a very
      disadvantage positions if BBL will become a law. That is because those
      muslims who follow the ideology of Qur’an and believe in shari;ah law will never
      accept the non-muslims as their equal in rights and priviledges.
      * Some muslims claimed that those who are against BBL are actually anti-muslims.
      The truth is that those muslim rebels and the BBL itself is ANTI -FILIPINO. The
      proof is that any Muslim are free and even protected to go to Luzon, Visayas
      and any non-muslim community of our country – the Philippines. Whereas, non-
      muslim individual is in very great danger and have to be very careful in going to
      muslim communities. I experienced it myself when serving as a car dealer
      representative for Ford Motor Co.

    3. Carl Cid Inting on

      Just some paid hacks making a ‘praise’ release trying to revive a bad bill that is uninclusive, unjust and totally unfair to other Philippine regions. A disastrous bill like BBL cannot, and should not, pass.