The filing before the Supreme Court of two petitions seeking to nullify the two agreements that the Aquino government signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is timely and a great service to the nation.
This is a necessary step toward resolving a highly anomalous situation, wherein the Philippine Constitution and the Republic’s territorial integrity have been placed at grave risk by a president hell-bent on ramming down the nation’s throat a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that would create a substate alongside the Republic of the Philippines.
It might have been better had the petitions been immediately filed after President Benigno B.S. Aquino 3rd insanely and irresponsibly affixed his signature to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), and its precedent the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). That way, the debate over the legality of the Bangsamoro deals would have taken place early, and we might have been spared the wasteful expense of public money on this mad venture.
“Just as the SC pulled the rug from under the feet of MOA-AD and rendered all discussions of it moot and futile, so would a decision of nullification turn the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro into paper deals.”
The citizens who filed the petitions fully deserve the nation’s gratitude for their patriotism in coming up with a solution to the nation’s predicament over the Bangsamoro project.
The first petition was filed by the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), which pleaded for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO), and challenged the FAB and CAB on the grounds of unconstitutionality.
The second petition was filed by former Negros Oriental Representative Jacinto Paras. Paras contended that the FAB and CAB were like the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) with the MILF, which was struck down earlier as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC).
Philconsa claimed the FAB and CAB granted concessions to the MILF beyond the powers of the President to bestow and in violation of the Constitution and existing laws.
We commend the petitioners, including top leaders of the Catholic Church, who have taken the lead in formally questioning the agreements underpinning the controversial BBL. If the High Court agrees with their appeal for relief, it would resolve and wipe away the prolonged contention over the BBL in Congress.
Just as the SC pulled the rug from under the feet of MOA-AD and rendered all discussions of it moot and futile, so would a decision of nullification turn the FAB and CAB into paper deals.
The argument of the Palace that these petitions are premature, and that petitioners should wait for Congress to pass the BBL before going to the high court, is foolish.
It would have our people wait until the nation’s house is already burning, before seeking remedy and relief.
That course is the way of madness.
Fortunately, there are responsible members of society who will not allow the Aquino government to endanger the Republic further. They will fight this peril in the High Court. They are resolved to win there.