Malacañang should stop terrorizing legislators to force them to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said on Monday.
Cayetano was put off by the call of President Benigno Aquino 3rd on lawmakers to pass the measure “or start counting body bags”.
The senator said Aquino should allow Congress to carry out it legislative functions.
“It is like Filipinos don’t have any other options for peace. Either we accept the BBL in its present form or face war in Mindanao,” the senator said.
He noted that more serious problems would arise if Congress bows to the president’s demand to pass the BBL measure without any revision.
According to Cayetano, the bill has several provisions that are unconstitutional.
“Malacañang doesn’t only want to give Congress a timeline in passing the BBL but also for us to pass it lock, stock and barrel,” the senator lamented. He stressed that the Congress, particularly the Senate, will not act as a rubber stamp and that the Executive branch should expect changes on the proposed law. He said there are many questionable provisions in the BBL, such as the powers that will be granted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) during the transition period. He claimed that during this time, the MILF will have its own police, Commission on Elections and civil service commission.