SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: A post-mortem on BBL

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 3 Feb) – Congress has left the Bangsamoro Basic Law to die on the bloodstained path to elusive, if not illusive, peace in Mindanao, and so it can now be said that it was a bill no lawmaker wanted passed. At least not after the Mamasapano Tragedy that rekindled anti-Moro sentiments and which opportunists like Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Grace Poe-Llamanzares have used as building blocks of their ambitions for the presidency.

Never mind if the BBL versions that were tackled in both chambers of Congress were already mangled, stripped of the spirit and substance of the original bill crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. No, the representatives and senators were not talking about breathing life into something that was meant to give flesh to peace; they were debating on how to abort it so that it would come into this world without a whimper.

“Who doesn’t want peace?” We have heard this often from even among the sworn enemies of Moro self-determination. Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat leads the pack in the House. In the Senate, Juan Ponce Enrile, has joined the band of vultures. It seems the burning of Jolo and other crimes against the Moro people during his stint as Martial Law-era defense minister had not sated his lust for blood in Mindanao.

This in itself is a shameful tragedy beyond compare. Who would have imagined that decades after the overthrow of the Marcos regime, Enrile, aided by the dictator’s unrepentant son, would still be around to help frustrate the aspirations for peace in Mindanao? Who would have imagined too that Enrile and Marcos Jr., who were at each other’s throats 30 years ago this month after the former betrayed his master, would find themselves on the same side again?

Patriotism? Maybe. Yet, if we should examine motives, their rantings sound more like Freudian slips of one who wanted to settle an old score to the point of sacrificing a political goal that would benefit not only the Moro people but also the nation as a whole. Enrile has forgotten that the Edsa uprising saved him and his cabal from the firepower of the dictator. But he has never forgotten that the turn of events forced him to abandon the original objective of the coup against Marcos – install him as president and head of a junta.

For Marcos Jr., it’s all about avenging the ignominy of his family having to flee Malacanang to escape the angry mobs that would have skinned them alive. I can hear him say to Aquino: “Your mother’s supporters drove us out of power in a shameful way, now go leave the Palace without a legacy to your name. If this leads to another war, so be it.”

Nonetheless, Aquino shares the blame. The Mamasapano misadventure gave the filibusters and opportunists an excuse to clobber the BBL to death.

(MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. H. Marcos C. Mordeno can be reached at [email protected])

  • FRIEND OF MINDANAO

    As usual moslems claim they are victims. when in reality if you add it all up in Mindanao and world wide thru-out history for 1400years. moslems are the perpetrators and invaders. There are no ancestral lands for moslems. Only lands where they have invaded mass murdered mass raped and enslaved under barbaric sharia. Just as they want in Mindanao.

  • Brox

    Magpatingin ka na sa MENTAL HOSPITAL, malala na sakit mo….

  • Brox

    HINDI FRIEND OF MINDANAO, Magpatingin ka na sa MENTAL HOSPITAL, malala na sakit mo…

    • FRIEND OF MINDANAO

      Islam is like the Zika virus. it causes head and brain shrinkage in newborns.
      It is a deviant ideology disguised as a religion that lobotomises millions of brains to follow it without question.

  • FRIEND OF MINDANAO

    Islam is like a religious Zika virus. It causes head and brain shrinkage and deformities in newborns.
    It is a deviant ideology disguised as a religion that lobotomises millions of otherwise normal brains to follow it without question. Even tho it is evident where ever islam is imposed there is war untold suffering murder rape mayhem and human rights abuses.

  • Taga Luzon

    F**k You…FoM…ur not a friend of this land. You want blood and hatred. 1400yrs? That is irrelevant in Mindanao…you are an Extremist enciting bloodshed. You are not a friend.