MNLF faction suggests Cha-cha to pave way for Bangsamoro law

Government troops take their positions as about 200 Muslim rebels, enraged by a broken peace deal with the Philippine government, held scores of hostages as human shields Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 in a standoff with government forces for the second day with no solution in sight at the southern port city of Zamboanga, in southern Philippines. More battle-ready troops and police were flown to the southern port city of Zamboanga in a bid to end the crisis. (MNS photo)

Government troops take their positions as about 200 Muslim rebels, enraged by a broken peace deal with the Philippine government, held scores of hostages as human shields Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 in a standoff with government forces for the second day with no solution in sight at the southern port city of Zamboanga, in southern Philippines. More battle-ready troops and police were flown to the southern port city of Zamboanga in a bid to end the crisis. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The chairman of one of the factions within the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has backed proposals for Charter Change (Chacha) to pave the way for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) amid questions on the bill’s constitutionality.

Datu HJ. Abul Khayr Alonto appealed to lawmakers Tuesday to consider amending the 1987 Constitution to resolve any constitutional infirmities in the Bangsamoro bill.

“If there are indeed constitutional infirmities in the BBL, then let us raise and address them now so that our nation may be made aware that the time to amend the Constitution has come,” he said at the hearing of the House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro bill.

House ad hoc panel on the BBL chair Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez earlier admitted there are some questionable provisions in the Bangsamoro bill, such as the delegation of the duties of constitutional bodies to the envisioned Bangsamoro political entity.

Alonto expressed support for the creation of a federal parliamentary form of government, saying it will result in the attainment of genuine peace, justice and freedom.

“A federation can enhance national unity in diversity, strengthen the mechanism of transparency and accountability in good governance and usher in a truly equitable development, progress and prosperity in the Philippines,” he said.

Notably absent from the hearing were representatives from the MNLF faction led by founding chairman Nur Misuari and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), which have opposed the proposed BBL. (MNS)

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