By Fr. Eliseo Mercado Jr.
The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is now officially introduced to both houses of Congress.
President Aquino has just handed over to Congress the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law. This law, a child borne of countless hours of deep thought and discussion, is now in the hands of legislators whose duty is to study, deliberate and act upon all matters related to the advancement and welfare of the Bangsamoro people, and make the Bangsamoro Basic Law the basis of lasting peace and prosperity in Mindanao.
The Inquirer has reported that Malacañang radically revised the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and returned it to its authors. But President Aquino nevertheless assured Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Murad Ebrahim of a Bangsamoro region by 2016 (Front Page, 7/6/14).
We sincerely hope the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will move forward, and not stay on paper only. We also hope that the signatories, especially those representing the Bangsamoro, are sincere in their desire to make the CAB work, for it is a milestone for peace.
We will be the last to spoil the euphoria over prospects of peace in Mindanao. But there is still one more concern about the Bangsamoro peace agreement that in our view needs attention. We cannot erase it from our minds because it is the most alarming.