Filipinos told to engage lawmakers on BBL passage

Dec. 09, 2015

DAVAO CITY – The chief peace negotiator of the government urged Filipinos to engage the lawmakers to attend Congress’ plenary sessions to help finish the deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before the Congress’s recess on the holidays.

In a statement, Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, GPH peace panel chair appealed to the public to help them in telling legislators to finish the interpellations on BBL.

“We hope that you will help us contact all legislators and tell them to go to the plenary floor and finish the interpellations on this proposed legislation. Use whatever means you have such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email blasts, texts or phone calls to urge your representatives,” Ferrer said.

“The BBL is expected to bring structural reforms in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to rectify the flaws in the current autonomous region and to bring an end to the decades-old armed conflict in Mindanao,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer said the government is still in the period of interpellations in both Senate and House of Representatives.

“Then there will be the period of amendments. Part of this delay is caused by the prejudices (against Muslims) and false information on the proposed law. We need you to help us correct the misinformation on the BBL,” Ferrer said.

She said they remain positive that both chambers of Congress will be able to pass BBL before Christmas.

“We are not giving up yet to this fight for peace in Mindanao as we are almost there in ending the armed conflict between the government and the MILF,” she said. (

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