Friday, January 2, 2015

PNoy urges Congress anew to pass BBL ‘as soon as possible’

From the Website of MILF

PNoy urges Congress anew to pass BBL ‘as soon as possible’

President Benigno Aquino III or PNoy in his videotaped new year message for the new year last December 31 urged Congress anew to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as ‘as soon as possible’.

He also called on Congress to approve his emergency powers to address an impending energy crisis in 2015.

Philstar quoted the president saying, “Every year, we get closer to the fulfillment of what we have been hoping for so long: long-term peace and vast progress in Mindanao,” he said.

On March 27, 2014, the GPH-MILF Peace Panels signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) at Kalayaan Ground, Malacañan Palace in the presence of government officials, MILF top leaders, foreign diplomats, and representatives of both international and local non-government organizations.  During the signing President Aquino expressed hope the proposed BBL would be passed by Congress “as soon as possible.”
Last December 28, President Aquino appealed to Congress to enact the BBL and other priority measures before the election fever heats up in 2015, the penultimate year in the Aquino Administration, said the Philstar.

A plebiscite will be held in the areas to be covered by the new political entity Bangsamoro in the core territory, Cotabato City, Isabela City in Basilan, 39 barangays in North Cotabato and 6 municipalities in Lanao del Norte. These barangays and municipalities voted yes for inclusion into the ARMM during the 2001 plebiscite.

Aquino said it is his obligation to listen to everyone and find solutions to all problems that are acceptable and products of consensus that would be good for all.

“Let us put ourselves in the position of the other side, so there would be fair assessment of every issue and ensure that it is every Filipino’s interest that would be pushed forward,” Aquino said

He said everyone must open their hearts and minds for the sake of the majority despite shortcomings.

“What is clear is that despite heated debates and intense discourse, we should not forget that every decent Filipino only has one goal: To ensure fair play, widen opportunities and improve the quality of life in the country the soonest time possible,” Aquino said in Filipino as quoted by Phistar.