Pacquiao vows to study BBL


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.


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  1. Who does he thisk he is Einstein? BBL is such a voluminous document that even the most learned lawmaker like Mirian Defensor need to shift through the clauses to get a better grasp of its contents. This pugilist who came to match his wit (if he ever has one) against Lagman, during the debate on RH law can only muster to read awkwardly a prepared set of questions, and had very little to say after Lagman’s lengthy responses.

    This i-Doit still has the gall to quip yet another soundbite, often used by those who are clueless of the issue, ergo ‘due process’. He arrived to such a conclusion when in fact he has not even done reading the contents of BBL. Then, he used yet another soundbite to say ‘pag-aralan nating mabuti yan…’, as if he can really study the matter at hand, while he readies himself training for his next mega-million dollar bout.

    If he is really concerned of the republic, it was while he was touring America tagging at the tail of his opponent and promoting his most cherished mega-million dollars fight, that he would have used the opportunity to highlight the savage massacre of the 44 SAF troopers, unto the consciousness of the whole world.

    All these moves right now that he is doing, like the SAF camp visit and his needed participation on BBL, it is all a show and publicity stunt, as his manager-promoter would want him to do to gather more viewing fans for his purportedly up coming fight. He did not even acknowledge that just this week, there was an incident about the NPA in Saragani – if he is really representing his constituents, then there should not have been anymore NPA rebels in his constituency, as he would have passed a bill to eradicate poverty and had improved on the quality of life in Sarangani.

  2. Sayang, batang GenSan miyembro ng senado hindi pa nababasa ang BBL. Eh, bobo kasi na maraming pera! GenSan rep. walang masabi sa Mamasapano killing field. Dapat diyan eh matalo ke Maynognogweather para matauhan na tao at mamayan siya ng GenSan at empleyado ng gobyerno. Maka di mo pa nasaalam ang Bayang Magiliw at Panatang Makabayan. Asan iyong daga mong is Bonjovi eh sipsip buto. Kahiya=hiya ka talaga dapat sa iyo eh ipakain lahat ng basura ng GenSan eh amoy basura ka pa rin!@