Senator Marcos gives OPAPP a deserved scolding

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PRESIDENT Benigno S Aquino’s peace process people deserved the scolding Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos gave them at the Senate committee on local government hearing yesterday. Marcos chairs that committee.

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He said the people of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP) had failed to to do their job of consulting all the stakeholders in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Senator Marcos saw how many Mindanao people whose lives will be affected by the abolition of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the formation of the proposed Bangsamoro substate had not been asked for their opinion and inputs. He has been meeting with Filipino Muslims and other Mindanaoans in Mindanao and yesterday at the Senate.

The OPAPP official sent to the hearing was Undersecretary Jose Lorena. He admitted that OPAPP had not sought representatives from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Sultanates of Mindanao, the indigenous people, or concerned local government officials in the government panel that negotiated the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Not angrily but just confirming what he already learned before in Mindanao, Senator Marcos asked Usec Lorena, “So you were negotiating about the land, the culture, the history of the Sultanates and they were not included in the negotiations?”

Lorena said that during the negotiations, the OPAPP had accepted as fact that MILF was representing the Bangsamoro people. He said Bangsamoro congresses were held where resolutions were adopted supporting the peace process.

Lorena also explained that the OPAPP plan is to have two sets of consultations, One is in the actual negotiation with the MILF panel. The second set is when the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is underway. That is when, he said, the royal families of Mindanao, the IPs and other stakeholders will be consulted.

Marcos said, “We are doing your work for you. This is something you should have done during the process of negotiations so that when you presented the BBL to Congress then that version of the BBL incorporated into it all of the views, opinions, suggestions from all of the stakeholders.”

“How did you imagine that something as important, as far reaching, as profound as the creation of a Bangsamoro government in Muslim Mindanao, could possibly have been successful without including inputs, participation, consultation from all the sultanates, for that matter, from the IPs?”

President Aquino has told his allies that he wished Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before adjournment on June 10. And yet the OPAPP had not made any moves to hold consultations with the sultanates and other stakeholders up to now.

Like his top boss, BS Aquino, who is often caught lying, Usec Lorena may have been less than truthful when he told Senator Marcos at the hearing about Secretary Deles and Chief Negotiator Ferrer having a “two-tier consultation” plan.

Marcos said that he had received position papers from the OPAPP claiming that it had in fact held consultations with all Mindanao stakeholders in the course of drafting of the proposed BBL.

The senator said he decided to conduct the hearing to address the “shocking revelation” that the Sultanates had not been consulted, along with other major stakeholders like the MNLF, the Indigenous Peoples and local government officials.

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  1. Good job, senator bong bong marcos. reveal what is necessary to reveal , the truth and not lies by this moron president and his administration. Ang mga traydor sa ating bayan.. Aquino and his allies…

  2. Why does Pnoy insist on this BBL if there are so many constitutional infirmities? What is in for this guy? Hmmmm….

  3. Senator Bongbong Marcos, set the right direction when he review diligently the BBL laws. The finding that many are not included is a shocking revelation. Now I’m just wondering how come the congress pass the BBL without going over the whole process. Moro Moro na Lang ba yan.? What the lower chamber done if they are the only chamber we got is to throw the whole Mindanao into war footing as many are not consulted thereby resentment will be very high. Thanks to Senator Bongbong Marcos , bec. I feel he is really doing his job very well?

    • Maliwanag na ang Congress ay hindi talaga ginagaw ang kanilang mga tungkulin. At a little sense ng katam (katamaran), nakakabuklat pa lang siguro ng ilang pages inaantok na, wala nang ganang basahin pa at pag-aralan ang lahat. Ang gagaling magtaas ng kamay who is in favor sa BBL, samantalang hindi pa nababasa ito, na andami pa palang kailangang gawin at palitan. Madulas talaga ang “PERA”.

  4. joseluis hierbas on

    Eversince the time I knew of Ferdinand E. Marcos after he became senate president, even at my young age then, I have concluded that he would be a good leader so in 1965 he became the president. President D. Macapagal was defeated due to the increased of prices of crime commodities. Pres.F.E. Marcos keep some of the program of Pres. Macapagal especially the land for the landless. He abolishes the (EEA) Emergency Employment Administration because it drains the money on labor mass-employment that resulted on poor quality of finished projects. He preferred mechanization resulting on massive development. Pres. Marcos made a law to make tenants own the land making some parts the country a land reform area. With this program hacienderos, landed people, oligarchs start to dis-agree Pres. Marcos. The concern for the benefit of the people is in his blood so that being a good father, Bongbong is following his footstep. With the present development of the country, majority of the people would like Bongbong to become president so Marcos Sr. planning of a great philippines will continue. After this BBL issue, people will hope BBM to be president 2016.

  5. emmanuel mallari on

    OPAPP got caught red-handed and in trying to wiggle out … they cover their lies with another lie…..HesusMaryaJoseph

    • Express it in English. Jesus Joseph Mary or JeJoMar.

      And I agree that OPAPP had not done its job diligently for the benefit
      of the majority. Magkano kaya ang dahilan?
      FM Jr seems showing his worth for a higher position and it’s not impossible.

  6. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers, New York
    26 May 2015

    Now Senator Bongbong Marcos and the Senate Committee he chairs have just shown the serious lapses of those who negotiated the BBL with the MILF. Failing to get the input of the Sultanate is a very serious lapse, and one that should invalidate the proposed BB completely. And there happens to be more serious lapses.

    But the more serious problem with the proposed BBL is that, according to Senator Mirriam Defensor-Santiago, chair of another Senate Committee, for the BBL to pass the Congress, the Constitution of the Philippines will need to be amended!

    That, I say, is a “No-no!”

    President Benigno Aquino is committing a very big mistake by pressuring the House of Representatives to pass the BBL virtually “as is” as suggested by the MILF. With the BBL’s many “constitutional infirmities,” passing it would open up President Aquino and those who favor its quick passage to a charge of TREASON.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    Lapulapu1927@yahoo.com

  7. eltee mulawin on

    >>> mga TONGressman DAPat….OPA-kan na ngayon ng matikman nila kung ano ang hirap at hapdi ng kalooban ng mga kamag-anak ng 44SAF massacred.

  8. From the name alone “Bangsamoro” is a hidden trap that will lead to dismemberment of our country, a separate nation within a nation and other provisions of the BBL that are inconsistent with the Philippine Constitution!

  9. NO to BBL! From the name alone “Bangsamoro” is a hidden trap that will lead to dismemberment of our country, a separate nation within a nation and other provisions of the BBL that are inconsistent with the Philippine Constitution!

  10. A bad BBL is a resounding NO to BBL! From the name alone “Bangsamoro” is a hidden trap that will lead to dismemberment of our country, a separate nation within a nation and other provisions of the BBL that are inconsistent with the Philippine Constitution!

  11. BBL should be scrapted in the first place. It doesn’t helped the problem. But in fact it will create more problems.

  12. Senator Marocs, Keep speaking the truth and bringing out all of the things done incorrectly to arrive at a bill that is worthless.

    • You show your worth the JR in your name…let you not be coyed and hope that you dismantle into pieces this initiative. We are one race though with differing belief about the deities..yet we fought side by side against the oppressors that tried to conquer our land. Now some people worthy of leading RP is lying in our face..tend to disintegrate RP by that pseudo BBL Law. Pnoy is preparing safety net by securing allies come his eventual departure from Malacanang, he is afraid of his ghost that he made himself. BBL is his safety net..they will answer to his bidding come reckoning time and ABAD will be in his tow.

      RP open your eyes…if BBL is passed..other parties will emulate and try to enact SNL (Solid North Law) or the WWL (Waray-waray Law), or the ….let us not make precedent that will haunt RP forever.

  13. Peter La Julian on

    A part of my comment should be does not give a damn…not does give….

  14. Peter La Julian on

    It appears that the BBL is a concoction of the evil trinity that does give a damn to other stakeholders. The trio that is surrendering a sizeable chunk of Philippine territory to the murderous MILF should be considered traitors: President Aquino, Ferrer and her sidekick Deles.

  15. Not scolding Sen.Marcos they should all be arrested for treason and corruption.COA should do a special audit on OPAPP look like they funded the terrorist MILF to recruit more terrorist and buy weapons.

  16. Venerando Desales on

    I think the BBL matter is a golden opportunity for the Marcoses to vindicate themselves. No matter how good and pious a person is if his actions cause structural damages to the Republic and the general welfare of the majority of citizens, then the bad actions done are remembered that the good ones, if any. Pnoy may have good intentions in rushing the passage of the BBL, yet, we do not judge by intentions. We judge by the effects of that good intentions to us. There is no question that pushing the BBL is treasonous act. Only a moron will think that a substate is not being created by the BBL.

    • Odnalor Obirt on

      Those Morons who are pushing the passage of BBL include the members of Pnoy’s Peace Counsel which include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – I was a close Catholic believer – not anymore.

    • Kung hindi napatalsik si Erap sa puwesto noon, wala na sanang problema ngayon. Inutusan lang ni Erap ang AFP na ipasunod ang batas kahit na sino ang tamaan.

    • Pnoy lost his dream of getting the Nobel Peace Prize.
      Instead the NoBBL prize would go to BongBong.
      And he gets the chance to go higher considering that he shows
      No-nonsense approach of the BBL which would benefit only the few.

  17. A very laudable action from Sen. Bongbong Marcos. You deserved to be our Senator of Philippine Republic. Please do not be swayed by temptations. The bullshit government of today deserved to be rejected of their actions for BBL. This is a very treacherous move against the most deserving Bansangmoro i.e. Sultanate of Sulu, IP’s and other peaceful loving people of Mindanao. The MILF should not be treated as special group compared with other groups.

  18. As with anything associated with Pnoy Aquino, the BBL process has been dishonest, shameful, and an exercise in amateurism.

    ‘Plan to consult stakeholders after the bill is passed’! Another lie to cover a lie.
    What a web of deceit they weave.
    They have been hoisted by their own petard.

    Kudos to Marcos, so far. I hope he proves to be genuine in this endeavour, or he can kiss any future aspirations goodbye.

  19. Maaaring gusto ng pilipinas na magkakaroon ng katulad ng ISIS ng dahil sa mga taong wala namang alam sa history ng mindanao.. sana pag hindi maipasa ang BBL wla ng tigil putukan pra maramdaman ng mgataong ayw sa BBL ang kasing tulad ng ISIS.. dahil pag idinadaan sa magandang usapan maraming ayw.. Dahil hindi nmn sila ang nasa gitna ng gyera.. akala nila ay pelikula lng ang gyera sa mindanao.. ayw po nmin magkaroon ng gulo sa mindanao.. Yes to BBL dahil yan ang susi ng kapayapaan sa mindanao

    • Odnalor Obirt on

      Mas lalong gugulo ang Mindanao kapag napasa ang BBL. Kung totoo na ayaw ninyo na magkaroon ng giyera sa Mindanao- BAKIT AYAW NINYONG MAKIPAGTULUNGAN SA GOBYERN0 AT GUSTO NINYO AY KAYO ANG MASUNOD? HISTORY NA ANG PANAHON NG KASTILA, AMERICANO, MARTIAL LAW AT ESTRADA ADMINISTRATION. ANG KASALUKUYANG ADMINISTRASYON AY HANDA KAYONG TULUNGAN PERO HINDI NAMAN DAPAT SA PARAAN NG BBL AT PAGHIWALAY NG BANGSAMORO. BAKIT AYAW NINYONG MAKIPA-MUHAY KASAMA ANG IBA-IBANG TAGA PILIPINAS. KUNG KAMI AY NABUBUHAY NA MAPAYAPA AT WAANG BARIL, BAKIT HINDI KAYO? KAMING TAGA LUZON AT VISAYAS AY HINDI PUMUPUNTA SA MINDANAO PARA MAGSAGAWA NG VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING, BOMBING AT ARSON. SA IYONG KALOOBAN ALAM MO KUNG ANONG GRUPO ANG NAGHAHASIK NG KAGULUHAN SA MINDANAO. UMALIS AKO NG MINDANAO DAHIL AYAW KO NG MAGBIGAY NG PRORECTION MONEY SA MGA ARMADONG GRUPO SA MIMNDANAO.

    • Mababaw ang pananaw mo. If the majority are left out in the negotiation and only one group is favored then dissention , chaos and war might followed. Also if the constitution is by pass then the more dire consequence and lawlessness will prevail. We choose peace but a true peace that represent the whole Philippines.

  20. To: Senator Bongbong Marcos,

    you are our only hope against this high treason, history has judged your father and you as the better men than the in-bred fool and his fake hero father AND YOU KNOW IT , you have displayed professionalism and loyalty to your country better than the ‘sick man of Asia’ and his minions combined, HOW ABOUT CHALLENGING HIM TO A LIVE DEBATE On BBL?

  21. Marcos is performing his job admirably ! I am not a fan of Marcos but with his performance in the Senate I will disregard what Raisa Robles/Rappler says about his credentials! Even if he did not complete a Bachelors degree and is a drop out from Wharton he has a lot between his ears compared to the present tenant of the palace!

  22. Claro Apolinar on

    May Senator Marcos rally his fellow senators behind the struggle to save our Republic from Balkanization and the Senate from the ignominy of being Abnoy Aquino’s willing partner in the destruction of the Philippine Republic.
    Thank God also for Senator Escudero, who seems to be as concerned as Sen. Marcos is about the evils of the BBL bill that Abnoy wants railroaded into becoming an unconstitutional law.

    • Tommy Reyes on

      Hindi tuwid na daan kundi daang riles ang mayroon sa panahon ni P-Noy. Pagpalain ng Diyos ang Pilipinas.

  23. Not only the OPAPP PEOPLE DESERVE to be scolded, but also the 50 representathieves who voted FOR the revised BBL…

    If these 50 reprentathieves know exactly what BBL is all about, they should HAVE rejected the alleged million pesos bribes by the CORRUPT President..They are harboring TERRORISTS.

    Former US PRESIDENT George W. Bush said, ” If you are harboring a terrorist, you’re also a terrorist.”

  24. Alejo Rosete on

    Senator Marcos:
    Do not let these people railroad the BBL.
    You are the only hope of these IP’s, MNLF, etc.
    Fight for these people.
    WE SUPPORT YOU

  25. The revelation of Sen. Marcos is most critical and grievous . Imagine the OPAPP presenting a proposed law without the necessary consultation with all stakeholders, including the other tribes plus the sultanates and the other affected inhabitants. And even LYING about it.

    The more we know details about the BBL proposal, the more we are convinced that it should not pass. And may heaven help those who will champion our cause against those TREASONOUS purveyors of destruction of our country.

    • Leodegardo Pruna on

      True and with the purveyors of doom claiming peace for their efforts and giving them honors by a prestigious university in the south for their deeds are most outrageous. demeaning and scandalous to the Filipino people. God bless the Philippines.

  26. Kitang-kita na ang mga official ng pangulo ay walang pakialam kung ano man ang pinag-gagawa nila!makasunod lang sa kanilang panginoon Aquino!
    Ang mga taong ito ay hindi karapadapat sa puesto na hawak nila!