Eight-time world champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao will not oppose but study the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the aftermath of the Mamasapano tragedy that left dozens of elite police officers dead.
Pacquiao, who has been urged to show up more often in Congress by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City, on Wednesday noted that it is too early to judge the proposed BBL because the Mamasapano investigations are yet to come up with concrete results.
The Mamasapano (Maguindanao) clash killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troops from the Philippine National Police.
“Hindi ko pa nababasa ang buong nilalaman and saka dapat ay due process. Kaya mahirap magbigay ng salita. Pero ang masasabi ko ay para ako sa katahimikan ng bansa, sa kapayapaan pagkakaisa.. Pag-aaralan nating mabuti iyang nilalaman niyang [BBL] [I haven’t read the whole BBL and there should be due process so it is hard to give judgment. I am for peace, unity),” Pacquiao, who represents Sarangani province, said in a chance interview.
He frowned on calls for President Benigno Aquino 3rd to resign over the Mamasapano incident.
“Everybody is entitled to due process, including the President. I respect him. He is the person in authority. Without a person in authority, we’ll be in chaos,” Pacquiao, who hails from General Santos City, said.
The President’s allies in Congress earlier admitted that the clout of the President, which is supposed to give advantage to his candidate for President in the 2016 polls, has been stained by the Mamasapano carnage.
House Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao of Isabela noted that the President has been receiving scathing accusations of incompetence over the death of the 44 police commandos who were on a mission to get Malaysian terrorist Marwan only to be later ambushed by Muslim rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.