Ramos: Bangsamoro bill won’t make it into law

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The Bangsamoro Basic law, which will create a Bangsamoro Region for the ex-separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will not be passed into law before President Benigno Aquino 3rd steps down in 2016, former President Fidel Ramos predicted on Monday.

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“Ubos na ang oras (Time is up). There are 15 steps [to its passage]and the administration has 24 months to do it. We are not yet in the Congress. It will still go through so much debates,” Ramos told reporters.

In his SONA, the President asked for Congress’ understanding for the delayed submission by the Executive of the draft Bangsamoro Basic law which was returned to the Transition Commission.

The President attributed the delay to intense scrutiny that is needed to ensure that the Bangsamoro Basic Law will serve the interest and aspirations of the MILF and the government.

Ramos said the 1996 peace pact between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front should be implemented because it has the blessing of the Organization of Islamic countries and the United Nations.

“Make no mistake, I wish them well. But they should work a little harder,” he said.

In his State of the Nation Address on Monday, the President said it is important to review the proposed law thoroughly to ensure that it is “just and acceptable to all.”

Nevertheless, he said, “if we are able to enact the BBL into law before end of the year and a plebiscite [on the creation of the Bangsamoro entity]takes place next year, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority will be given a chance to prove our reforms were correct,” Aquino said.

The BBL, which will serve as the basis of the Bangsamoro autonomous entity, has been stalled at the Office of the President amid alleged issues pertaining to its constitutionality and adherence to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro , the final peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), was signed in March this year.

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  1. The MNLF is in the bind because there is one person claiming leadership to it who is driven by egocentric character of leadership, Nur Misuari is the name. And he is able to convince the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to recognize him alone leaving no chance for change or reform in the MNLF . There are progressive elements in the MNLF who constitute a big chunk of the original nationalist radical fighters who may spring back in the forefront in the future.

  2. The BBL, which will serve as the basis of the Bangsamoro autonomous entity, need to be carefully studied on its constitutionality and adherence to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
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    The Basic Law shall benefit all the peoples of the Bangsamoro, such as
    the Muslims, Christians, the Indigenous Peoples and the resident settlers within
    the territory of the Bangsamoro.

    The Bangsa Moro Organization specifically the military force shall be monitored by the central government in the event it becomes a threat to the nation and influence by foreign countries to advance their interest. It should not be use as a base to attack the any part of PH.

  3. surrender or all out war only solution to have peace forever,no to autonomy only one tribe and that is Pilipino Tribe,only one country and that is The Republic of the Philippines.

  4. As it was reported ,Abu Sayaf members about 300 of them are still present in Jolo in Mindanao, where many foreigners and Filipino Chinese businessmen who they know are good targets for ransom are being kidnapped and killed if they were not able to pay the ransom.. How can there be peace in Mindanao , if radicalism (barbaric and heinous crime) are being committed i.e. example beheading of Priests (Christian) and military soldier whose only purpose is for peace , law and order and protection of all Filipinos regardless of religion, both Muslim and Christian .Ampatuan massacre is a typical example , where many lives of journalists and Filipino Muslim running for gov’t office was killed in cold blood. by private armies whose supplies of arsenals of arms in big supply are in question. Mindanao, Luzon, and Visayas are all parts of the Philippines with many religious faith had lived and co-exist together in peace for many centuries should not be influenced by others ( unlawful politicians, radical militants) whose only purpose is to divide our country for their self enrichment . May our God guide us to be strong and united as one Republic.as always. .

  5. victor m. hernandez on

    I strongly agree: “Ramos said the 1996 peace pact between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front should be implemented because it has the blessing of the Organization of Islamic countries and the United Nations.

    “Make no mistake, I wish them well. But they should work a little harder,” he said.”

    Based on former president Ramos assertion, if and when the Bangsamoro Bill bromes a law it will have to conform to the Constitution, ratified by the Muslim Area people, vetted and approved by Organization of Islamic States, and by the United Nations. It is too complicated and long and winding road. To make it work, a faster, harder, and smarter work must be done.
    Continuing to build trust and confidence, and building insfrastructure and institutions, and strengthen them while the Bill is being forge into a law is essential to hold the peace.
    Integrity of people and processes to make this work is paramount. Corruption, or perception of corruption in implementing this must be avoided. Indeed, we wish the peace process and the people into it, all the best. Give peace a chance!

  6. i believe so especially if u are dealing with Muslim rebels.Look at South Thailand as an example where Malaysian facilitators were involved.Kaput.Continuous bombing n killing by Muslim insurgents/Pattani United Liberation Organisation prevails till now.Only 2days ago a devastating bomb rocked Betong<Yala Province causing 3 deaths and almost 38 wounded ,10 seriously wounded.