• Palace readies BBL amendments

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    Malacañang on Saturday said the government is preparing amendments to enhance the proposed law that will create a Bangsamoro region.

    Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda made the statement after the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said the Bangsamoro Basic Law versions of the Senate and the House of Representatives is unacceptable.

    “It requires the legislative mill to take its course, and the concerns of the [MILF], the concerns of all the stakeholders—whatever they are—they have to be discussed because we are going through the legislative process,” Lacierda said in a radio interview.

    “So, kung may concerns ang MILF, mayroon na kaming mga suggested amendment po na ginagawa (So if the MILF has concerns, we are crafting some suggested amendments). All that will have to be threshed out in the plenary, in the Senate and in the House floor. So let’s allow the debates to happen so that we can come up with a workable, operational, and a BBL that will be acceptable to all,” he added.

    MILF peace panel chair Mo¬hagher Iqbal, during a forum on Friday, said that it was better to have no BBL than have a “bad” version of it.

    “The issue on natural resources is the number one. Autonomy without access to revenues from natural resources is a joke,” he said referring to provisions deleted by the House of Representatives.

    Still, he said the MILF is counting on Congress and the Aquino administration to pass the BBL.

    “As a negotiator for more than 10 years, we’ve been in the rough and tumble. Whatever confronts us, we try to overcome it. We’re open for improvement and enhancement. But we hope the essential components of an autonomous government is retained,” Iqbal said.

    The Bangsamoro version presented by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was signed by 16 senators in August.

    Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said 80 percent of the draft submitted by Malacañang to Congress was amended but the original intent of the BBL was retained.

    The senator had said that the Palace version of BBL was legally infirm.

    In his sponsorship speech of Senate Bill No. 2894 or the proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, Marcos said he could not accept the draft bill because it allows the establishment of an independent state.

    But the MILF had repeatedly said that the Senate version is unacceptable because it deviates from what peace negotiators agreed upon as laid down in the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro.

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    1. From what the MILF is insisting, it is clear that the Pinoy government made a mistake by forging an agreement with the MILF before a legislation can be made. It’s like saying Congress has no say in it because it was already agreed between the government and the MILF. No wonder this BBL is taking so much time and tax payer’s money because it was flawed from the start.

    2. Shut up Lamierda, you are like a parrot repeating whatever your insane and inept boss dictates. Give it up BBL will not bring peace to Mindanao. Those rebels are not to be trusted, all they want is to lord it over Mindanao and then the Country with the help of Malaysia. I wouldn’t trust Iqbal and his cohorts as far as I can throw a piano that goes with the Inept president and the two treacherous MILF concubines Deles and Ferrer. God Bless our Country.

    3. But the MILF had repeatedly said that the Senate version is unacceptable because it deviates from what peace negotiators agreed upon as laid down in the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro.

      The people do not like what the MILF proposes. It’s as plain as that. Take it or leave it. We go with what Sen.Marcos comes up with. We trust him more than we do Iqbal, the peace panel and even the palace.