‘There is still time to pass BBL’


THE peace panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday lauded the optimism of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as they noted that there is still time to approve the bill.

“I am confident that the Senate would do its best to pass the measure within the remaining session days of Congress after considering all the amendments introduced by the senators,” Marcos said in a letter addressed to Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Mohagher Iqbal, chairpersons of the government and MILF peace panels, respectively. The letter dated December 1, 2015 was recently received by the peace panels.

On its last session day on December 16, the House of Representatives concluded the period of interpellation on the proposed Bangsamoro law. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the ad hoc committee on the BBL, vowed to pass the bill when Congress resumes session in January. The Senate, on the other hand, failed to deliberate on the Bangsamoro measure on its last week of session this December.

Marcos’ letter was in response ‎to the open letter of the peace panels sent to Congress on November 26, 2015.

“Time is short, but there is still time. We ask our legislators to work for the immediate passage of the draft law on the Bangsamoro. Time is of the essence, and opportunity knocks only once,” the GPH and MILF peace panels said in an open letter.

“We are at the cusp of closing a major armed conflict that has divided our people for decades. But we cannot reach our destination without the goodwill and show of statesmanship from our leaders in the august halls of Congress, in whose hands the legislative power lies,” they added.

In the joint letter, the two peace negotiators underscored the importance of passing the BBL to continue the decommissioning of MILF forces and weapons, generate positive effects on the succeeding administration and arrest the spread of extremism.

“We ask you, our legislators, to open your hearts and to give our Bangsamoro brothers and sisters this one good chance to enjoy the right to peace, and partake of meaningful reforms and development,” they said.

Marcos’ positive statement on the passage of the Bangsamoro bill came weeks after he was quoted in news reports as saying that the measure is dead because Congress has run out of time to pass it.


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  1. Ramon you are wrong of your perception about Islam.Islam as religion propagates peace. The problem nowadays is that the one claiming to have Islam as their religion do not represent the true teachings of Islam. During the time of Mohamad SAW (Peace be upon him), the Jews were living together with the Muslims in Madinah where the seat of Islamic government is run. And yet they live in peace. May Allah swt guide those Muslims that acted not in accordance with the Islamic faith.

  2. We are doomed if our politicians do pass this BBL nonsense…just look at what’s happening all over East and West Europe, Australia, Canada and the US…not to mention the Middle East and North Africa, all because of Islamist desire for dominance, politically, and religiously…

    The problem is that the world has not bothered to learn the real teachings and aims of Islam–that is, to convert the whole world to Islam, and install Sharia on all governments, all Islamic by then, whether by violent JIHAD, or forced CONVERSIONS in lieu of beheadings, or by HIJRA (migration and population), currently disguised as a “refugee crisis”…

    Islam can not, and will not tolerate another religion, or other political human precepts, like democracy, etc…only Sharia as Allah’s supreme laws…

    Islam will probably end civilization, altogether, if this pseudo-religion is allowed to fester…and obtain its every demand, as this BBL…

    Learn now, before your throat is being slit…or you start reciting the Shahada…