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.