Marcos: “BBL is dead if the Supreme Court voids the peace agreements”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) –   The Senate Committee on Local Government will continue working on the crafting of a substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) unless the Supreme Court issues a temporary restraining order (TRO), Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., said.

But “BBL is dead,” the senator said, “if the Supreme Court voids the peace agreements.”

Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. says his committee will continue working on the substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law but says "BBL is dead" if the Supreme Court voids hte peace agreements.  MindaNews file  photo by Toto Lozano
Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. says his committee will continue working on the substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law but says “BBL is dead” if the Supreme Court voids hte peace agreements. MindaNews file photo by Toto Lozano

Marcos sent this response to MindaNews’ query if his committee would await the SC ruling on the petitions filed by the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) and a former representative from Negros Occidental, to declare the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) as “unconstitutional and void”

“The petition will not in any way hinder the continuing work of the committee to craft a substitute bill unless the Supreme Court agrees to hear it and then issue a TRO,” Marcos said.

He also explained that the search for peace in Mindanao continues even if the SC voids the peace agreements. “We must not abandon efforts for a lasting peace in Mindanao. We must redouble our efforts to find that elusive peace. There is no other option,” he said.

For now, the committee is “on track with its work to remedy the infirmities of the BBL,” he said, adding that by the time the Senate resumes session on July 27, “we will have specific and concrete proposals to discuss.”

Marcos last month junked the draft BBL or Senate Bill 2408, saying it would in its present form and substance, lead the country to perdition.

He vowed to submit his substitute bill before President Aquino delivers his sixth and last State of the Nation Address on July 27.

At the House of Representatives, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law  told MindaNews on Sunday that they will continue with the interpellations on the BBL when Congress resumes session later this month.

“We will continue deliberations in August,” Rodriguez said, adding “there is no TRO issued by the Supreme Court.”

The Committee on May 20 approved its substitute bill, HB 5811 or the Basic Law of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. This is the bill that is the subject of interpellations But it has been criticized as a bill that will render the future Bangsamoro “less autonomous” than the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao that it is supposed to replace.  (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

  • Kath Gatmaitan

    According to news, Marcos is still crafting his BBL ‘subsitute.’ Eh asan na? Ang tagal! Only proves na he is not after the well being of the people in Mindanao. Palabas lang yan, pabango, pabida!

    • boyod

      SAAN NA? HINDI MO BA NAINTINDIHAN NA ANG SABI NI SEN MARCOS SA JUL 27, AFTER SONA, “GET’S MO”

  • Kiko Andes

    Ang laki ng galit ni Marcos sa BBL! Pwede ba imbes na maghanapan tayo ng butas sa isat isa eh ipasa na lang natin ang BBL? People in Mindanao cannot wait any longer. Pati kapayapaan pinupulitka mo tsong! Lupet!!!!!

    • boyod

      kung mamadaliin mo at wala naman kahihinatnan, wag na lang,ang gyera ay matagal na kahit hindi kapa ipinanganak, kahit sa inyo nang isinilang na mulat ka rin sa gyera ng nanay at tatay mo, alam mo kung bakit? aHINDI NAG KA INTIN DIHAN kaya dapat isa-ayos, KUHA MO? WAG MAG MADALI

    • Rose_F

      Three years at the table. Seventeen years of
      forging peace. 43 years of war! Pass the BBL!

    • nono

      reli? people in mindanao cant? we dont want bbl. period

  • Amiel Balagtas

    puro satsat! palibhasa tatakbo! wag mo sana idamy ang bbl sa pangsarili mong interes! kilabutan ka hoy!

    • boyod

      IKAW ITONG SAT-SAT, NAINTINDIHAN MO BA ANG INI REKLAMO MO? ANG KAPAL

  • Jojo Reyes

    Hehe kawawa naman tong tatlong commenters sa baba.

  • Ella Marie

    Of course the BBL will die if the SC denies the peace process. The core of the BBL is that it will establish and promote peace. The SC should recognize this as well as the other people against this. It is not for is but for the people who have been deprived of justice and humane situations.

    • Vester

      People are against BBL not because it “will establish and promote peace” as you said, but the truth that it won’t result to peace at all. People just does not trust the Moro rebels, and why should we trust them? Have they shown the people that they can be trusted? a big NO! No for billions of peso that they’ll be using for god knows what. Also BBL will divide people by their religion and culture which will one day cause another rebellion.

      And there’s this foul way of life called the Shariah law..

  • disque

    And your career as a government official is SCREWED for not doing your job. Marcos, ang daming mong comment na hindi naman kami interesado marinig. Gawin mo na ang amended law na sinasabi mo at tapusin na natin ang paghihirap ng mga taga Mindanao. Ganyan na ganyan talaga kayo sa gobyerno, puro satsat na lang kasi hindi kayang magawa ang pinangako nila at ang mga katungkulan nila…kaya ka ba namin iniluklok dyan para mag comment lang? Iniluklok ka para gawan ng paraan maging fisible ang mga makakabuti sa bansang ito!

    • boyod

      JUST SIT DOWN, RELAX AND HOLD TEMPER, TILL 27TH OF JUL

  • mad hat

    Yes fine those are facts but dont preempt. The SC has in no way made the crafting of the BBL void, they even junked the petition against the BBL so we hope you do your job and make a good substitute Bill from the Senate on time

    • grazeilda

      i believe that the SC is the most knowledgeable here. Hindi yan magpapaapekto ng mga politikong namumulitika lang at may mga personal agenda. matalino yan sila, alam nilang makakatululong ang BBL sa buong MIndanao.

      • mad hat

        agreed, thats why we need Marcos to just do his job and finish the senate draft by the 27th. ang strange lang na ung nagfile ng petition ay pinsan niyang si Martin Romualdez, sakto lang na nag nega niya sa BBL

  • forever alone boy

    masyadong assuming, wala pa nga nangyayari nagsasalita na, just get your job done, you have a lot of work to do before July 27 ya know.

  • Mia_R

    Let us not punish Muslim
    Mindanao for our inability to reconcile here in Manila. Stop all political agendas. Pass the BBL.

    • Vester

      NOPE, majority of Muslims in Mindanao wants to preserve the freedom they
      have now. No to shariah law and moro domination in the area, we want
      equality for all Muslims and Christians or other religion.

  • cheer4harmony

    Hindi puede hindi puede , yan lang ang alam sabihin ni Marcos.
    Stonewalling. Marcos is deadset blocking BBL for selfish personal reasons
    — undermine Aquino, and lift the Marcos name. hay naku, walang mangyayari sa Pinas kung ganitong klaseng politician ang maglilingkod sa bayan.

    • yanksie

      buti pa nga anjan pa si marcos, people from mindanao dont want bbl.. lalo gugulo ang mindanao pag naapisa yan.. ..

    • Vester

      MILF lang ang may gusto sa BBL na yan kasi syempre may bilyon-bilyon na pera wow. Pero ang mga tao dito sa Mindanao ayaw sa BBL nyo. Ayaw namin sa shariah law, ayaw namin sa panggolo na moro na maghahari-harian sa lugar na to, ayaw namin sa BBL nyo.

  • suplexcitybitch

    No to BBL! Taga mindanao ako kaya alam ko na hindi ito makakabuti para sa amin. Gusto lang angkinin ng mga moro ang mindanao para sa kanilang mga pansariling interes. Mas lalo lang maghihirap ang mga taga mindanao kapag napasa yan. Dapat ang inaasikaso nila eh yung mas malalang problema dito sa mindanao, at yun ay ang kakulangan sa kuryente. Partly responsible din itong mga terorista na ito. Kung nakatira kayo sa kuweba at hindi niyo narinig ang balita noon, pinasabog ng mga MNLF members ang ilang power plants dito sa mindanao. Kung naghihirap man ang mga muslim dito sa mindanao, eh kasalanan din nila yun. Kung pagtatrabaho ng maayos ang inatupag nila imbes na magpasabog ng mga power plant at pumatay ng mga infidels eh di sana hindi sila naghihirap ngayon.

    • Vester

      Tama ka pare, dahil din sa mga MILF at MNLF na yan kaya walang nag-iinvest dito sa Mindanao, gaya ng mga power-plant mga investors ang gagawa nyan, pero dahil nga magulo dito edi lagi tayo mahirap at lagi brown-out.

  • Andres Buenaventura

    They must not abandon efforts for a lasting peace in Mindanao. Must redouble our efforts to find that elusive peace.

    • Alyanna Toledo

      Petition will not in any way hinder the continuing work of the committee to craft a substitute bill unless the Supreme Court agrees to hear it and then issue a TRO….

      • John Carlo Mateo

        wag na lang natin paasahin ang mamamayan sa issue, habang tumatagal gumugulo.

  • Raj Pinol Servano

    Mas mabuti din siguro na idaan na lang lahat ng usaping ito sa korte,Kung ito ba ay naayon sa saligang batas o hindi!

  • Abdulbayan Sumael

    Hopefully, Sen. Marcos won’t follow his father’s footprints! Otherwise, he would become a dictator as well. Nobody wants to be dictated!

    • Vester

      If dictatorship means the destruction of the Moro terrorism, then i’m with a dictatorship.