SOMEONE is “excited” for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Moro warrior-turned-chief peace panel negotiator Mohagher Iqbal of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) likened the wait on the BBL’s passage to “watching a boxing match or a Femando Poe Jr. flick in the cinema“.
“Hindi maaalis na nininerbyos tayo. Parang kang nanonood ng boxing o Fernando Poe Jr. sa sinehan. You cannot erase from us na excited kami,” Iqbal candidly told a forum Thursday when asked to share his feelings about what could be the nearing enactment of the BBL.
The BBL is Malacañang’s end-all, be-all solution to the insurgency problem that has plagued Mindanao for nearly 50 years. It bats for the dissolution of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in favor of the Bangsamoro substate, which is the MILF’s main demand.
The BBL will undergo a crucial phase next week when House politikos put its 200-plus sections to a vote. By next month, the final draft of the law is expected to be voted upon in plenary.
“But me personally I trust the congressmen. I trust the senators that at the end of the day, peace will prevail in our land. So may tiwala ako sa kanila,” Iqbal said.
The MILF official also reiterated the group’s stand on possible amendments to the BBL, saying they would only accept such changes if these are for the “enhancement and improvement” of the law. (Randy K. Ortega)