The long, arduous road to BBL
Those who do not wish themselves to be included in the Bangsamoro region should also be given a voice, like what the national government has done in considering the said minority’s plea for political autonomy.
Conflicts must be settled first as we give way to peace, and that means preventive steps to avoid another breakout.
Some people have this fear that the Bangsamoro Basic Law negotiators are only taking this measure to achieve their political aims, without having any regard for the country’s ultimate good.
I find it bothersome that their desire for independence somehow manifests their lack of nationalism. Although diversity is present in every nation, there must be a common ground for us to be called faithful citizens of our country.
I laud the efforts of those who have been working hard to scrutinize and amend every provision in the BBL that is contrary to the Constitution.
We must also recognize that, despite amendments in the original draft, our Muslim brothers managed to stay in the negotiating table.
The Moros should appreciate the government’s efforts in opening its door to negotiations.
We do hope that, in turn, they will show their sincerity and dedication to the project of attaining that much-coveted peace and development in the region.
BARBARA DIAZ, [email protected]
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