• Palace: Survey reflects need for BBL


    Malacañang on Saturday said the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that 43 percent of the people see no “real” improvement in the situation of Muslims reflects the need to enact the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

    “I think this only confirms the resolve of why we need to have a real, a comprehensive solution when it comes to peace and order and security in Mindanao,” Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said over state radio, Radyo ng Bayan.

    “Naniniwala pa rin tayo na isang magandang solusyon ‘yung pagpasa ‘nung Bangsamoro Basic Law para ma-address ‘yung… Hindi lang ‘yung mga physical na pangangailangan ‘nung mga kababayan natin doon pero ‘yung mga pangangailangan din nila doon sa peace, pangangailangan nila sa security [We still believe that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is a good solution to address not only the physical needs of our countrymen but also their need for peace and security],” she added.

    The SWS survey, conducted from June 5 to 8, showed that 43 percent agreed and 25 percent disagreed that there has not been much real improvement in the position of Muslims in the past few years, for a “moderate” net agreement of +18.

    The survey also showed that nearly half, or 47 percent of the 1,200 adult respondents, agreed to make an effort in improving the situation of Muslims even by giving them preferential treatment

    The BBL is among the controversial measures that have remained stalled in Congress, especially after the Mamasapano operation resulted in the death of 44 policemen, 17 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and at least three civilians.

    The draft BBL concretizes the provisions of the peace agreement the government signed with the MILF which includes the creation of a new political entity that will replace the the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

    The measure is presently pending in both House of Congress.


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    1. vagoneto rieles on

      There is no issue more ‘earth-shaking’ to the country than the BBL. ARMM has, as it is, limited the access by non-Muslims to a big part of Mindanao, Sulu and Basilan. The BBL will not just limit this access but rather, totally exclude non-Muslim Filipinos from an area wider than that which the ARMM already has. The Philippines will have been ‘gutted’ as a consequence of this reckless, selfish and dangerous territorial concession to a block of Philippine residents who have always disavowed being Filipino.
      The least that President Aquino, Mesdames Quintos-Deles, Coronel-Ferrer, and now, Valte should do is to level with the Filipino people, and say what really drives them to force this blatant betrayal down our throats… and to explain why they are not concerned about the peoples wrath after they are no longer perched high up the roost.

    2. Who is making war with these Muslims in Mindanao? Where I come from here in Pinas there is peace with them Muslim. They are so free to howl from predawn to dusk and to sell fake dvds and video tapes, etc. They are all over – except that they don’t display high-powered guns, their bodies not stashed all over with high-caliber bullets, unlike when they are in their “territory” in Mindanao. Great parts of Mindanao are now Muslim-owned, AFP needs to coordinate with them to enter said areas. Eid’l Ftir is now a national holiday – that covers the whole country kasi nasa buong Pilipinas na sila. We didn’t have this holiday before. Now they want Mindanao. Now Pnoy is selling BBL like a salesman who won’t take no for an answer, at the prodding of his Malaysian friends & Iqbal. So who’s making war with Muslims in Mindanao?

    3. How can they be so sure that this BBL will answer the thirst of Muslims for peace and security? What if this law will just worsen the situation? One thing is for sure, BBL won’t lead Mindanao to the paradise if it will be passed while there are flaws still stuck on it.

    4. There is no improvement in Muslim areas because the Muslim politicians undeniably are more corrupt than the Christian politicians. They steal everything that should have been for their constituents. The Amputuans’s mansions and luxurious lifestyle as an example. The BBL will only pour in more money for these corrupt Muslim politicians, so that more money they will be able to pocket.. Their Muslim constituents will remain poor or become poorer.

      PNoy should not pluck out from a survey data and distort it out of context to promote his BBL.The BBL will not bring peace, in reality it has nothing to do with peace.. BBL is the fraudulent transfer of our territorial sovereignty over portions of Mindanao to a foreign country– a treacherous sale of Mindanao to Malaysia.

      • vagoneto rieles on

        Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada,(and his father), Bong Revilla are Christians. However, there is nothing Christian in the plunder they are accused of, (convicted in the case of Jinggoy’s father). There are thieves among Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists. It’s just a human flaw.. and some have more of it than others.

    5. BBL is not the only way to progress. BBL is not the only way to peace. There are many ways to skin a cat. And BBL is not one of them.

    6. The sun rises in the east every morning and it is observed that every morning the rooster crows THEREFORE the rooster that crows causes the sun to rise in the east!!!! The result of the survey on the Moslem community’s future reflects the need for BBL, says the Palace. It is possible but it is also possible that it is not the BBL that they need and something else. Therefore it requires more in depth study. What has happened to ARMM? Does the BBL cure some defective portions of ARMM in order to ensure a better future for our brethren Moslems and perhaps what is needed is just the strict implementation of the laws so that for instance the bees and the birds do not vote during elections!!.

    7. How naive can you be Ms Balde? Bathe passing of the BBL will solve everything for the Muslims? You are just as dense as your boss Abnoy. You are both insane!!

    8. P.Akialamiro on

      What is this government by survey? Who paid for the survey? What are the questions asked? Whom did you ask the questions? Where was the survey done? It shounds like “False Asia’.

      Yet, the media is quick to publicize such ‘results’. It is a DISSERVICE to the people trying to convince them with a ‘flawed’ survey.