Duterte ready to give BBL to MILF



CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao-There is enough land within the Philippines for everyone, including the Bangsamoro people, President Duterte declared on Friday. Lauding Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leader Al Haj Murad for determining to pursue peace talks together with the government, Mr. Duterte mentioned that inside the pursuit of peace, he was able to give the MILF the Bangsamoro Fundamental Law (BBL) it wanted but without worrying about contentious provisions deemed unconstitutional. “I’d prefer to publicly salute Murad for opting, for picking to speak additional,” Mr. Duterte mentioned because addressed government troops at the 6th Infantry Division headquarters in Camp Siongco, Maguindanao. The proposed BBL, authored by government and MILF negotiators following the signing of a peace agreement in 2014, would establish an autonomous Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

But an investigation of the clash among elite police forces and Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, in January last year that left 44 police commandos, 17 MILF fighters and three civilians dead delayed deliberations around the BBL in Congress, along with the legislature adjourned in February with no passing the proposed Bangsamoro charter. Mr. Duterte noted that there were warnings of any come back to war if Congress would not pass the proposed BBL, making him check out the MILF camp in the course of the presidential campaign should certainly be asked the secessionist group’s leaders to help keep the ceasefire with all the military so they really could talk if he won the election. The MILF stood by its guarantee to talk, Mr. Duterte mentioned.

“I am prepared to supply the BBL minus the constitutional problems which are contentious and can't be solved by a binding agreement amongst me [and the MILF],” he stated. One particular such issue will be the proposed regional armed forces and regional police, which breaks the chain of command and can't be allowed, the President said.

But Mr. Duterte mentioned he was willing to allow the unquestioned provisions from the BBL, and the very same benefits Nur Misuari’s faction in the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996. “Even in the event you allow them to have that part of the territory (the proposed Bangsamoro area), there’s sufficient land within the Philippines. The Philippines is vast. So long as there's no fighting, everyone might be accommodated, and we are able to establish industrial zones,” the President stated.

If there's no fighting, new investments may come in to the Philippines, making jobs, he mentioned. Mr. Duterte said the need for industrial zones was the reason why he had misgivings regarding the Paris Agreement on climate alter, which may limit carbon emissions.

Philippine industries are nonetheless building, but the other signatories towards the agreement are industrialized nations, he mentioned. The Duterte administration is constant the implementation on the peace agreements using the MILF and also the MNLF, officials mentioned. Earlier, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said the Bangsamoro Transition Commission will be reconstituted for that drafting of a brand new enabling law for any proposed Bangsamoro region.

H/T:inquirer

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