The Bangsamoro framework agreement should be examined carefully as it can be used as a “Trojan horse” for charter change, a militant lawmaker said on Tuesday.
Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate cautioned the government to examine the context of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), particularly the law that will be passed to the Congress by the Transitional Commission.
“We must also guard now that so that the peace deal may not become a Trojan horse for Charter change proponents, this is unquestionably bad and dangerous,” Zarate said. “This further highlights the need to closely scrutinize the framework agreement and its annexes as the same may be used by the unscrupulous groups and individuals with sinister interests.”
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., even without Pres. Benigno Aquino 3rd’s support, has been pushing for amending the 1987 Constitution, particularly the economic provisions that will lift the 60-40 ownership rule.
While he welcomed the development, Zarate said that such agreements should first address the “historical wrongs” committed against the Moro people.
“We have to examine closely the text and context of the present agreement and the proposed basic law that will be submitted to Congress by the Transitional Commission. It is our belief that for the Bangsamoro, for Mindanao, for the country to attain genuine peace and development, we have to address the root causes of poverty, under development and exploitation in all its facets,” he added.
He urged the public to guard the agreement since the government has a history of “betraying the Moro and indigenous peoples, promising them genuine autonomy but actually undermining and subverting the autonomy and national sovereignty” through corporate and foreign interests.
Mntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon also asked the government to scrutinize the annexes to prevent further questions before the Supreme Court when there can be several provisions that can violate the 1987 Constitution.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., even without Pres. Benigno Aquino 3rd’s support, has been pushing for amending the 1987 Constitution, particularly the economic provisions that will lift the 60-40 ownership rule. JHOANNA BALLARAN