New BBL draft to be submitted to Duterte on July 17

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza will recommend the immediate endorsement of the new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Congress once it is submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.

BBL will be the basis for the founding of a Bangsamoro entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

This will also set the distribution of wealth and power of the government and of the Bangsamoro and end the decades-long conflict in Mindanao.

Former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita “Ging” Deles said the road map of the new BBL draft is not yet clear.

“May pinag-uusapan na may batas din na hinihintay mula kay Misuari, at the same time ang federalism which will also affect the Bangsamoro na hindi klarong nale-layout. Paano ba iyan talaga lahat na mangyayari?” said Deles. (There are talks that they are awaiting some laws to be provided by Misuari. There is also federalism which will also affect the Bangsamoro but is yet to be clearly laid out. How are all these going to be carried out?)

Meanwhile, as for the peace talks between the government and the communist group, Deles believes there is still no clarity as to its progress.

“Kapag pinag-aaralan mo yung sinasabi ng CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front) mukhang hindi kapayapaan ang pinagtutunguhan,” she said. (If you study the statements of CPP-NPA-NDF, they don’t seem to be moving toward peace.)

“Hindi mukhang kapayapaan within our constitutional setups. So mukhang mahirap na pag-uusap yan,” added Deles. (It doesn’t seem like peace within our constitutional setups. It appears to be a difficult negotiation.)

In August, the postponed fifth round of peace talk between the government and the NDF will proceed.

But in July, there are expected back channel talks between the two sides before formally returning to the negotiating table. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


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