Thousands to demand BBL passage


Expect heavy flow of traffic this Monday morning as around 8,000 to 10,000 peace advocates and activists will march from Saint Peter’s Parish on Commonwealth Avenue to the House of Representatives in Quezon City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to demand passage of what they call “a Bangsamoro Basic Law [BBL] based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).”

CAB is the final peace agreement signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on March 27, 2014.

Members of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL will report results of its deliberations on the proposed law also today.

The big mobilization today is being organized by various peace networks including the All Out Peace campaign, Friends of the Bangsamoro, Mindanao Solidarity Network, Citizens’ Peace Council and Friends of Peace.

Other events under the campaign Çitizens’ Action for the Bangsamoro Basic Law will also take place on the same day in other key cities in the country including Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City and Cotabato City and the provinces of Bukidnon (Kidapawan) and Iloilo.

“May 11 will be beyond just joining a big rally. It will be a massive citizens action for the Bangsamoro. For those of us who have witnessed the cruelty of war in Mindanao, for the [evacuees], the innocent victims of this long-drawn war in Mindanao, May 11 is an opportunity for all of us to show our sturdy unity to achieve genuine peace. History is now offering us a golden opportunity to rectify the injustices committed not just against the Bangsamoro but for all the oppressed peoples of our nation. Are we going to shun this once in a lifetime opportunity or grab and savor it like there’s no tomorrow? We choose the latter and we hope our lawmakers will showcase the same wisdom on May 11,” the group said in their statement sent to The Manila Times.

The groups will stage a mock election with a giant ballot box to symbolize further support for a CAB-based BBL.

A “flash mob” of woman peace activists will also be part of today’s program.

While there is a reported consensus by Congress that the proposed BBL will eventually be passed, the groups said a watered-down version of the law may not really represent the interest of the peoples of Mindanao for peace, justice and progress in the region that rooted in the recognition of their right to self-determination.

Despite a snag that the BBL suffered at the Senate, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said he remains confident that Congress will be able to deliver proposal as scheduled, probably before his last State of the Nation Address in July.


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  1. Anong thousand? eh mga nagmartsa eh mga AKBAYAD na partylist ni PNOY.Mga kaalyado ni Pnoy.Malinaw na mga bayaran.

  2. Alejo Rosete on

    Are the 10,000 supporters come from Mindanao?
    Are there Muslims – how many percent from the 10,0000?

    What about Christians? How many percent of the 10,000
    are Christians?

    How many millions Filipinos = 100,000,000
    the crowd is only 0.01%. Are these people

    peanuts – nakakahiya
    0.01% represents the 100,000,000 Filipinos?

    NO WAY!

  3. Where did these reporter got his thousands figure of pro-BBL protesters? There are only about a couple of hundreds. Try using the PNP formula in estimating the “million march protest” of the anti-DAP-PDAF and the Resign Aquino march. You will surely be shock to know that it did not come near the half thousand mark.

  4. Thousand demands not to pass BBL without fine tuning to the constitutional provisions of the Philippines. This is the clamor of the Filipinos. The miniscule people who will be demonstrating is nothing more than the robot controlled thing that the administration and the MILF. Let this be heard by our lawmakers. Do not dismember the pHilippines through the ploy of the Malaysians. GOD SAVE THE PHILIPPINES!

  5. If 10,000 support the BBL, 70 million oppose it. Shouldn’t this be the real news story?

  6. Is this a deliberate attempt by the administration to put pressure on the congress with regards for bbl passage. l believed hakot system must not be used. to put the future of this whole country in harms way. We have been forwarned by God that BBL must be further fine tune that is why SAF44 happen.
    Again Government must not pressured both chamber of congress just to get credit for this administration .Because rushing to get BBL approved , might boomerang on their face in the future . And it might be too late to retract by then.
    So let us make sure first that the welfare of the whole country is protected before they even sign any BBL document.

  7. If BBL is the only way to achieve peace in Mindanao then Islam is the hindrance of peace . BBL advocates using historical facts to support and argue that Muslim Mindanao never been a part of the Philippines, is already a red flag and cause concerns where this BBL is leading to—NO TO BBL.

  8. These people should be holding protests denouncing ISIS use of Islam to spread terror across the globe instead of insisting on BBL’s passage which is too divisive, too dangerous and not only misguided but unconstitutional act by this administration.