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    COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: A prominent Muslim leader slammed on Thursday efforts of some sectors to discredit a proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which could end the war in Mindanao and serve as “roadmap to peace” for the region.

    Macabangkit Lanto, a former Justice Undersecretary, said inaccurate reports in the media about certain provisions of the proposed law could misled the public about its real purpose and importance.

    “I appeal to them to be fair, to stick to the facts and to avoid speculations and innuendos,” Lanto said.

    Congress was set to pass the measure early this year, but it hit a snagged when the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the terrorist group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters killed 44 policemen in a clash in Maguindanao in January.

    The Aquino Administration has endorsed the measure as a priority measure. Implementation of the law would require the MILF to lay down their arms and join the government.

    Lanto corrected claims that the new law will create an independent Commission on Elections, Commission on Human Rights, Civil Service Commission, Ombudsman and police force in the propose Bangsamoro government.

    He said the heads of the Bangsamoro commissions will be appointed by the President and will operate as regional offices exercising powers and authority derived from national agencies.

    The devolution of the powers of the national commissions did not dilute its powers as mandated by the Constitution but strengthened it to facilitate implementation in the regional level, Lanto said.

    Lanto said the Bangsamoro police will not operate as an independent force but “shall be part of the Philippine National Police and the Bangsamoro Police Board will be part of the National Police Commission.”

    He said some people were alarmed by the word Bang-samoro but it was a matter of semantics and it could be amended but the substance of the proposed measure must be retained as agreed upon by the negotiating parties that drafted the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

    Lanto echoed the appeal of the people in Mindanao on legislators to separate the debates on the Mamasapano incident from the discussions on the proposed law because it might becloud the noble purpose of the BBL.

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    1. eltee mulawin on

      Mr. Lanto said.
      1)… Bangsamoro police will not operate as an independent force but “shall be part of the Philippine National Police and the Bangsamoro Police Board will be part of the National Police Commission.”
      2)… it could be amended but the substance of the proposed measure must be retained as agreed upon by the negotiating parties that drafted the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

      >>> MR LANTOC SHOULD PRESENT TO THE PUBLIC IN WHICH PART IN THAT PROPOSED BBL, THOSE TWO HE HAD SAID WAS WRITTEN EXACTLY???

      >>> MR LANTOC SHOULD TELL THE PUBLIC:
      a) In BBL, WHY NOWHERE IT WAS MENTIONED OR INDICATED such as “The Government and 1987 Constitution of the Philippines of the Republic of the Philippines”, “President of the Philippines”, “The Supreme Court of Philippined”, “The Congress of the Philippiens”, ” The Commission of Election of the Philippines”, “The Commission on Audit of the Philippines” and the ” We Filipino Muslim of the Philippines”, ” under the command of AFP which is the President of the Philippines as Commander In-chief, etc.?

      b) In BBL, why own flag of Bangsamoro and not using the same Philippine Flag” ?

      HOPEFULLY MR.LANTO COULD ANSWER ALL THIS TO THE PUBLIC, OTHERWISE HIMSELF MANIFESTED HE IS THE LIAR AND ONLY SPECULATING BEHIND THE FACTS WAHT IS REALLY PURPOSED OF THAT BBL.

    2. lleuxquiocho on

      Mr. MALAGKIT Lanto… the noble purpose of the BBL? once, you were dreaming of yourself laughing on your way to the bank… and so sorry that the dream resulted into billions going down the drain!

    3. President Aquino and peace negotiators, Deles and Ferrer, should be charged with TREASON for promoting the dismemberment of the Philippine territory. There must be other peaceful ways to seek true, long-lasting PEACE in Mindanao without sacrificing the INTEGRITY of our country. BBL IS NOT THE ANSWER.  BBL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL…NO to BBL!   ONE COUNTRY…ONE CONSTITUTION…ONE GOVERNMENT.

    4. Juan Mabayan on

      Let’s look at the substance of the BBL, not only its constitutionality. Our negotiators are throwing our country down the drain.
      Reading the BBL, one gets the distinct impression that the team of Deles, Ferrer and PNoy is either very inept or they are committing treason. An example is the section on “Share in Taxes”. Please read:

      “Section 10. Share in Taxes of the Central Government. – Central Government taxes, fees, and charges collected in the Bangsamoro, other than tariff and customs duties, shall be shared as follows:
      a. Twenty-five percent (25%) to the Central Government; and
      b. Seventy-five percent (75%) to the Bangsamoro, including the shares of the local government units.
      The aforementioned twenty-five percent (25%) share of the Central Government shall, for a period of ten (10) years, be retained by the Bangsamoro Government. The period for retention may be extended upon mutual agreement of the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government.”

      Imagine that you now own something and somebody comes and tells you ” I’ll take that from you, but I think I’ll be generous and leave you 25%”. And you say thank you. Then he says “But I will keep your share for 10 years. You can not use it”. And you say thank you again. Then he says “After 10 years, we will talk about it, I may not want to give you anything”. You say thank you again and then put this agreement in writing.

      This is not a negotiation. These are terms of surrender. I have not seen such amateurish negotiation. Even a slave negotiating with his master will not sign this agreement.

      And they want Congress and the Senate to rubber stamp the BBL. Deles and Ferrer must be removed from the negotiating panel.

      http://www.opapp.gov.ph/sites/default/files/House%20Bill%20No.%204994.pdf