Friday, March 13, 2015

President Aquino wants BBL passed before June 11

From the Website of MILF

President Aquino wants BBL passed before June 11

President Benigno Aquino III wants both Houses of Congress to enact the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before June 11 to provide the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ample time during transition to prepare for the Bangsamoro.

“They are projecting approval by June. I’m hoping Congress approves the Bangsamoro Basic Law way before June,” Aquino told the Christian Leaders Coalition in a prayer meeting at Malacañang on Monday, March 9.

The aim is to give the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTC) enough time to demonstrate the merit of their belief that this is a better mode of governance.

“We will submit drafts, we will suggest and I’m sure we will arrive at a compromise in due time,” Aquino said.

Aquino also reiterated Monday his instructions to his allies in Congress to pass the stalled BBL soonest, since the government has to demonstrate its sincerity to the Muslim rebels by adopting the measure in its entirety.

“If the lawmakers amend or delete some of the portions of the BBL that were agreed upon, then how do we say it is more of a good version of the original?” he said.

The whole concept is that of a “catch up,” Aquino said, where local government units in Mindanao would eventually be at par with Manila or with any other urbanized locality in Luzon or the Visayas and not have a backward economy.
“The bottom line here is to allow them to catch up. They were left behind in terms of basic education, infrastructure and health services,” he said.

The Philippines Inc., an alliance of business groups in the country has joined other business groups in support of the Aquino administration and the peace talks amid the Mamasapano incident. It also supports the BBL to address the concerns of various stakeholders.

In a statement, Philippines Inc. said it is one with the business community in calling for sobriety and level-headedness as the country continues to reel from the effects of the encounter in Mamasapano.
“In line with this, it rejects as counterproductive both the demands for President Aquino to resign and for the government to abandon the peace talks and launch an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front,” the group said.

Philippines Inc., an alliance of the most respected leaders in the country from various industries, aims to establish a reformed business environment to attract investments.

Recently, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the largest business organization in the country, and other business groups also expressed their support to the peace process. The Mindanao Business Council (MBC) as well, expressed the same support to the continuation of the peace making in Mindanao.