The transmission to Congress of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which was jointly prepared by the government and MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) panels comprising the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and reviewed by the Office of the President, is a welcome development for all the stakeholders of the proposed measure. It brings to the fore the commitment of President Aquino to put an end to the conflict in Mindanao which has threatened the sociopolitical stability and stunted the region’s economic growth and development.
By Bobby M. Tuazon
President Aquino has sought to clarify that he is not seeking reelection. But his words have not doused speculation about his wanting a second term and added more confusion to the issue.
We are a concerned group of Filipino citizens—a coalition of local and overseas residents from Zamboanga and Mindanao Region (Color-Zamar)—who can no longer remain silent on a significant issue affecting the lives of our people in Mindanao. We firmly believe that our voice represents the vast, silent majority of peace-loving Mindanaoans who feel that the so-called “Bangsamoro peace accord” is not only unconstitutional, but also immoral, unjust and inequitable.
This is in reference to the news article, “No peace process with MILF without DAP funds, says Deles” (News, 7/26/14). The article first appeared on the Inquirer website on July 23 with a different title, “Deles now attributes Bangsamoro peace accord to DAP” (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/622724/deles-now-attributes-bangsamoro-peace-accord-to-dap). Both articles were written by Germelina Lacorte.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Most Filipinos, looking back on their childhood, will remember a phrase frequently delivered by parents, usually as a prelude to a spanking.