• Muslim leaders reject substitute BBL

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    COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) officials through the Bangsamoro Transition Committee issued a resolution opposing the substitute bill aimed to create a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

    The 14-member committee appealed to members of the House of Representatives and Senate to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in its original form, that is, House Bill No. 4994 and Senate Bill No. 2408 as sponsored in the lower and upper houses of Congress, respectively.

    The group remained firm in their belief that the BBL is the “most appropriate version,” adding that its provisions of the proposed law are consistent with the 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

    They added that the original BBL “underwent the legitimate process of consultation with the people and engagement with the Office of the President.”

    Senator Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said they held a series of public hearings in the provinces including Sulu, Zamboanga, and other parts of Mindanao and found that members of the Sultanate, highlanders and Christians living in the area were not consulted.

    “We have tried to make it as inclusive of the different stakeholders as possible, while staying true to the intentions and aims of the original. I believe that in this version we have an opportunity to take an important step towards a just and lasting peace,” Marcos said in a radio interview.

    Ghazali Jaafar, MILF vice chairman for political affairs, said personally he is optimistic that Congress will in the end “pass a law that is acceptable for us Muslims in the Philippines.”

    “There should be a law that will serve as a vehicle for Muslims to achieve progress,” Jaafar said.

    Meanwhile, members of the One Bangsamoro Movement, headed by Alan Balangi of Marawi City, called for the junking of the new version of the BBL.

    Balangi has also called upon the ulama (Islamic scholars) to issue a fatwa (verdict) declaring the new proposal as anti-Muslim.

    He also said Muslim Filipinos should not support the re-election bid of senators who are anti-BBL.

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    1. The Muslim are not pursuing this BBL just for themselves only. When this BBL is at the planning stage, all major tribe was consulted. This can be proven on the membership of BTC that that honorable body is compose of different tribe that reprsent the major tribes of Mindanao.So therefore it is not proper for us to comment that this is an unilateral and vested with self interest. Please do not comment if you have not have a copy of the BBL. If happened somebody do not have a copy please text me up. I will secure a copy for you.

    2. This muslim leaders they are the only rightful people of Mindanao, they should realised that Mindanao is a mix of different culture, different language, diverse in religous beliefs but still part of the republic!!if these leaders really care about their muslim brothers they should embrace this proposals to benefit every filipino citizen within Bangsamoro, whether muslim or christians..

      • i think it is the leader of the commitee that think that they are the only rightfull person who knows mindanao well, who has a vested interest to the richness of the land and using those people to whom he said he conduct a series of meetings, promises of lucrative shares if his proposed BBL could pass, this commitee is a sham to the goverment because they are the crocs that must be prisoned to the marsh land of mindanao, allah karim

    3. it is now getting clearer that the real intent of the moros in the bbl issue is that they be recognize on the basis of their religious belief and not just on thier being an ethnic identity. its like giving the Christians, Hindus, and other religious groups, the previleges of owning parts of the country where they have established their faith. we don, t have to look far to see what will happens when islam is imposed on muslims who are otherwise free to accept or reject their tenets thru self realization and not thru intimidation. most muslim countries are in turmoil because of thier religious defirences. will our passing bbl make us otherwise?