MILF relying on Duterte's promise to pass BBL

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
totalITemsFound:
maxPaginationLinks: 10
maxPossiblePages:
startIndex:
endIndex:

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (L) is not giving up on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. They say incoming President Rodrigo Duterte (R) promised that he will ensure its passage.

Davao City (CNN Philippines) — Two weeks before he assumes the highest office in the land, the campaign promises of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte are beginning to haunt him.

Among them is the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which was part of the peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberaton Front (MILF).

During the campaign period, Duterte promised the MILF that he will push for the passage of the BBL if he wins.

The BBL, which seeks to establish a new and autonomous Bangsamoro region, is seen to put an end to the decades-old conflict in Mindanao.

Meron noong pumunta sya sa Darapanan at bumisita sa amin, nangako sya sa Bangsamoro people, through us, through the MILF, na kung sya ang pangulo, sisikapin nya na maipasa itong Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), para maipasa ang Bangsamoro government,”  MILF First Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar said on Tuesday.

[Translation: When he went to Darapanan to visit us, he promised the Bangsamoro people, through us, through the MILF, that if he becomes president, he will try his best to get the Bangsamoro Basic Law passed in order to establish the Bangsamoro government.]

Also read: Coloma to next admin: Seek justice for SAF 44

Earlier, Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, who is expected to be the House Speaker in the 17th Congress, said the BBL may take a backseat because the concept of a Bangsamoro region will be included in a federal form of government that is being pushed by Duterte.

Duterte is against the watered-down version of the BBL. He said a federal system will bring peace to Mindanao.

Duterte's spokesman, Sal Panelo, said the BBL has yet to be discussed by the incoming Duterte administration.

Hindi ko narinig iyon sa discussion, more on criminality pinag-usapan doon,” Panelo told reporters.

[Translation: I haven’t heard that in the discussions, it’s criminality that’s being talked about more.]

Jaafar said the Bangsamoro people want to prioritize the BBL over the shift to federalism.

He warned that some MILF members are becoming frustrated over the delay in the passage of the BBL.

Jaafar said, "Ako, naniniwala ako personally na yung mga karahansan ngayon nangyayari, pinakahuli sa Butig, Lanao del Sur, maaring nangyari ito out of frustration ng mga grupo na ito sa matagal na nilang paghihintay."

[Translation: "I personally believe that these acts happening now, the most recent one in Butig, Lanao del Sur, may have happened out of these groups' frustration over their long wait."

According to Jaafar, the Bangsamoros are disappointed with the outgoing Aquino administration for failing to pass the BBL.

Also read: Government peace advisers launch Bangsamoro book