LPs commend passage of Bangsamoro Law

Published July 23, 2018, 10:51 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo and other Liberal Party officials called for vigilance in the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law once it is signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke before members and fellow alumni of the UP Junior Finance Association (UP JFA) during the organization's 50th anniversary ball held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Taguig City.
Vice President Leni Robredo (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Robredo, who chairs the once ruling party, LP president Senator Francis Pangilinan, and LP secretary general Representative Kit Belmonte said the public should be watchful at “every step of the way” to ensure its implementation.

“The law is not just a document, but about charting a better future now for the people of Mindanao, with respect and dignity for all,” they said in a statement.

The Bangsamoro Basic Law, which was renamed BOL, calls for the creation of a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The bicameral conference committee approved the final version of the measure last week.

The BOL is expected to be ratified by Congress and subsequently signed by Duterte on the day of his third State of the Nation Address in Batasang Pambansa.

Robredo and the LP officials lauded the approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law as they recognized the bill as a “critical step” bringing Filipinos to “peace and prosperity.”

The Bangsamoro Law also brings “our Moro brothers and sisters to their quest for the right to self-determination and full autonomy,” they said.

“It matters most to the people in Mindanao whose blood has sanctified their land and their struggle. It matters to all Filipinos who share their struggle because a peaceful, progressive Mindanao is a peaceful, progressive Philippines,” the LP officials said.

Opposition party officials were grateful to Congress for the passage of the bill as they also recognized their Moro brothers and indigenous peoples for their help.

“The Bangsamoro entity is the result of their own struggle — for independence through armed struggle finally reaching a peacefully negotiated solution,“ they said.