I read with interest Ramon J. Farolan’s Nov. 17 column (“The Soldier”). Farolan cited soldiers who perished in defense of the State, and asked readers to keep in mind their important role in society. I was particularly touched by the poem written by Charles Michael Province, founder and president of the George S. Patton Jr. […]
By Oscar Franklin Tan
The formidable array of legal experts tapped by the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not be able to resolve the bill’s constitutionality.
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.