Stop pushing BBL, former House leader urges MILF

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COTABATO CITY: Former House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Gerry Ajul Salapuddin on Tuesday advised the hierarchy of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to temporarily stop pushing for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the House of Representatives.

“If I were part of the MILF leadership, I would give this unsolicited advice: Disengage temporarily from pushing the BBL. Just leave it to the Aquino government to do what it can to salvage the BBL because he is responsible for what is happening now,” Salapuddin, a former top commander of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), said.

The MILF has been urged by the government to surrender its fighters who were behind the killing of police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindao, on January 25.

It should strengthen ceasefire mechanisms to avoid misencounters and consolidate the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) to prepare for any eventuality, Salapuddin said.


Meanwhile, he told the MILF, “Just wait for the right time to push for the BBL again.”

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima gave the MILF leadership until April 2 to surrender all the fighters involved in the Mamasapano clash.
Salapuddin, however, opposed the idea.

“Is it not yet sufficient that the tipster and the two guides who died together with the SAF 44 were from the MILF? Is it not yet sufficient that the MILF leadership returned 16 firearms recovered from the SAF [commandos]killed in action?” he asked.

“Is it not [also]sufficient that MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal attended both the Senate and House hearings on the Mamasapano encounter supposedly in aid of legislation, where he was humiliated and thrown insulting questions by the senators like he is a criminal instead of a resource person?” Salapuddin said. “Most of all, why is the BBL made a hostage by Congress?”

Salapuddin bewailed the government’s supposed deception and lack of sincerity, which he said are the root causes of the failure of the peace process with the MNLF and MILF.

He said while the government is talking peace, it is also employing war to derail the peace process.

In Maguindanao, members of the provincial board have asked Congress and Senate to expedite the passage of the BBL.

Vice Gov. Lester Sinsuat and the 12 members of the provincial board signed Resolution 092, which was approved by Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu on February 23.

The resolution was passed to support the “desire for a peaceful resolution of the decades-old conflict in Mindanao.”

Last year, the provincial board also passed a resolution that asked Congress to fast-track the passage of the proposed BBL.

WITH JEFF TUPAS

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  1. Unless and until there is one MILF standing there will be no peace in Mindanao ,they are the big problem not the government…if they want a Bangsa Moro go to malyasia there .its a bangs moro ..mindanao cannot be under mORo ,they ate not only the people living in Mindanao ,the christians ,the lumads..all over Mindanao muslims were only 15%of the entire population…and now you want in hurry…you are lucky because the pres..is moron as they said…