New Mamasapano probe may affect BBL – Marcos

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Reopening the Senate investigation on the January 25 Mamasapano incident may affect deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which has been renamed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Area of Responsibility (BLBAR) in the Senate.

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Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who heads the Senate Committee on Local Government, on Tuesday said any new information that may come out during resumption of the Senate probe could have an effect on their deliberations on the Bangsamoro measure.

The senator, the author of the BLBAR, however, backed the reopening of the Mamasapano inquiry, noting that the move could serve justice to the 44 police commandos mowed down in Maguindanao in January last year by suspected members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and private armed groups.

“We really need to reopen it because there seems to have been no effort from the DOJ [Department of Justice] to seriously go after those responsible for the death of the SAF [Special Actiojn Force] 44,” Marcos explained.

The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs headed by Sen. Grace Poe came out with a draft committee report blaming President Benigno Aquino 3rd for the tragedy.

The report also recommended filing of charges against resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas and other officials.
Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile has called for plenary discussion of the draft committee report.

On Monday, the Senate Committee on Rules heaed by Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano gave the go-signal for the reopening of the hearings on the Mamasapano massacre without voiding the previous proceeding conducted by Poe’s panel.
Poe has scheduled hearings for January 25.

Not giving up
Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles said the government will continue pushing for tpassage of the Bangsamoro bill despite uncertainties and challenges.

“We should hit the ground running. These last six months are going to move fast [during which]we will face challenges,” Deles added.

“This January, we are looking forward, working hard and praying harder, that we will see the passage of [the]BBL when Congress resumes [sessions],” she said.

The passage of the BBL, according to her, would ease discussions during a ministerial meeting this month in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the Tripartite Review Process (TRP) on the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front, once the strongest Muslim rebel group operating in Mindanao.

“The House leadership is hopeful that they will be able to muster a quorum and finish the process. This is a message that we should not give up hope and we need to keep pushing for the completion of the most important milestone on the peace table.”

Chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the government and MILF will remain steadfast in upholding a ceasefire in pursuit of lasting peace in southern Philippines.

“[T]he best thing about the peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [is that the]two parties have not gone back to war,” she noted.

“We are gradually transforming the lives of the people on the ground, nurturing their hopes and dreams for a better future. And we are so close to putting firmly in place the needed institutional reforms to realize meaningful autonomy and democracy in the Bangsamoro,” Ferrer said.

According to her, both peace panels will continue to collaborate in strengthening joint mechanisms and building mutual trust and confidence among and between their respective organizations.

“In rising to the tasks before us, we have fortified our confidence in the process. [W]e shall continue to carry on in order to get to our destination sooner than later,” Ferrer said.

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  1. Junk NOW to the shitter thie STAND DOWN Comander-in-Chief’s BBL. The headhunters of the infidels won’t stop at Mindanao. It will just be a jumping board to gobble up the rest of the country until the whole of the archipelago is under their Law. World domination is their ultimate goal. It’s on-going now in the US, Europe & everywhere else, hastened greatly by the recent Syria’s immigrants.

  2. Kailangan buksan ang kasong ito, dahil parang Thank you na lang ang pagkapatay sa ating 44 na kapulisan.Ganun lang ba ang buhay??? si abnoy ang may pananagutan sa kasong ito,dahil siya ang commander in chief of the philippines… Presidente siya hindi nya alam ang responsibilidad nya??? Mahiya namn sana ang may utak na lamok.
    About BBL, bakit ipinagpipilitan nitong si Deles at Ferrer na ipasa samantalang halos lahat ng kalahati ng nakasulat dito ay labag sa ating Philippine Constitution…Abogado ba sila o de kampanilya……Ginagawa ninyong tanga ang mamayang filipino. Kung gusto ninyo ipasa, magreferendum throught the philippines, iyan legal.. at kung ano ang maging resulta, we Filipino people will respect the result of the Referendum…hindi iyong kayo kayo lang dyan sa malacanang.

  3. pulitika at pamumulitika na lang ang muling pagbubukas ng Masasapano probe. WALANG DUDANG LALANGAWIN ang SENATE HEARING on MASASAPANO incidense.. walang PINAG-KAIBA ito sa RETURN BOUT ni Pacquiao-Bradley fight..na obvious na PERA-PERA lang, BORING..

    Ang mas dapat tutukan ng SENATE Hearing ay ang mga kontrobersyal at delayed infra projects ng DOTC; ang LRT CAVITE EXTENSION, MRT 7 (QC – BULACAN), ang NAIA Expressway at NLEX-SLEX Connector….

    higit sa lahat, ang kontrobersya ng PLAKA at Driver’s license.. mas papatok sa tao kung ang mga nabanggit na isyu ang iimbestigahan ng mga SENATONG.

  4. “[T]he best thing about the peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [is that the] two parties have not gone back to war,” she noted.( UP Ka-Dilliman Merriam Coronel-Ferrer)

    The BIFF attacks several villages during New Year, Islamic Morons topple down NGCP towers and gun down police,military and Civilians in Marawi but there is “peace” according to the Philippine Peace Panel. This is indeed in the best tradition of Moro Warfare and the tradition of treacherous Magical (Un) Realism of the UP “intellectuals.”

    • I will describe Miss Ferrer a misguided individual that has lost touch with reality. These MILF are terrorist group and to treat them as a peace loving people is a big farce. Miss Ferrer, I do not know your intentions but I hope that you can take hold of reality. The fallen. 44 is a perfect example. You are dealing with a bunch of beast.

  5. Ikaw lang ang hindi nagpapalit ng susuportahan Kuya Sen. da best ka talaga nasayo ang supporta namin

  6. ang mamasapano incident at ang SAf 44 ang hindi naman talaga nakakalimutan ni sen cayetano kasi binibigyan niya ito ng importansya. magaling talaga si sen cayetano