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.
Every morning, when I read the newspapers and tune in to TV or radio, I get bad news, really bad—people’s money going to wrong pockets and squandered; economic indicators good, better than China’s and those of our neighbors, but poverty abounds; crime incidence on the rise and law-abiding citizens not feeling safe on the streets, even in their homes! What has happened to our country?
THE SUSPENSION of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, ordered by the Office of the President and enforced by the Department of Interior and Local Government, is a vexing issue. The high-profile visit the so-called Three Kings of the United Nationalist Alliance paid the suspended governor did not help matters; instead of defusing the tension at the […]