MILF optimistic on BBL’s approval before Pres. Aquino’s term ends PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 January 2015 12:58

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Central Committee is optimistic on the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before President Aquino’s term ends on 2016.

This was disclosed by Prof. Raby Angkal, senior staff of the Office of the 1st Vice Chairman of the MILF Central Committee as he said the agreement entered in by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is included in the first annex in the transition arrangement and modalities as a roadmap program of the Aquino administration.

“Ito’y matatapos ng Kongreso ang pagbabatas ng BBL sa loob ng termino ng Pangulong Aquino,” Angkal said.

He said Congress will resume session on January 17, this year, and will tackle the result of the consultations and the conduct of the plebiscite based on the roadmap.

“Sa loob ng panunungkulan ng Pangulong Aquino ay maitatag ang Bangsamoro Government at yan po ang nakasaad sa roadmap na laman ng kausunduan,” Angkal stressed.

At present, both the government and the MILF are exerting more efforts as President Aquino signed the BBL as “urgent bill,” for Congress to fast track its passage before Aquino vacates Malacanang in 2016.

Angkal, who was guest speaker during the 34th founding anniversary of the Panglima Estino in Sulu, from January 2 to 4, 2015, said the struggle of the Bangsamoro since time immemorial is to have its own identity, territory and self-government.

He said the 1976 Tripoli Agreement entered into  by MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari and the late President Ferdinand Marcos until the 1996 Peace Accord with former President Fidel Ramos was part of the historical facts for self-governance.

“Ito pa rin ang minimithing adhikain mula sa MNLF at sa ngayon sa MILF na magkaroon ng sariling gobyerno o ‘genuine autonomy,’” Angkal said.

Meanwhile, Panglima Estino municipality Mayor Benshar “Ben” Estino said his constituents are rallying behind the approval of the BBL as this will eradicate corruption, killings, kidnappings and other related crimes in Sulu.

“BBL is the key to peace, progress and development,” Estino said before a crowd of residents. — Monch L. Follosco