PRES. DUTERTE WARNS OF WAR IN MINDANAO IF THERE'S NO BBL, FEDERALISM
“It's about time the historical injustices committed to the Moros be corrected.”
This will only be done, according to President Rodrigo Duterte, should the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the proposed charter change to shift to Federalism be pursued.
Otherwise there will be war in the southern region.
“...kung walang mangyari sa BBL nito ngayon, or the change to constitution, or do not change the constitution at all, there will be war in Mindanao. I can assure you, mamili kayo, hindi ko na ma-control yan. And at this time, it could be a double whammy because my enemy would be their friends and who could that be - it's the ISIS,” says Pres. Duterte.
The Chief Executive's remark comes while the opposition expresses doubt on the motive of the administration in pushing for proposals.
The BBL, a long pending commitment of the government to the Moro people, will establish a new entity that would replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) if passed into law.
But for the National Economic Development Authority, such (BBL) could also boost the economy by attracting more investors in the region.
Earlier Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chairman Ghazali Jaafar considers – that piece of legislation as the best antidote to extremism.