MANILA, Aug 28 (Mabuhay) — MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal on Friday said the substitute Bangsamoro Basic Law crafted by Senator Bongbong Marcos will not provide real autonomy to the Bangsamoro.
Iqbal said about 80 percent of the original BBL was revised for the substitute bill, with about 77 issues “diluted, deleted or scrapped” in the new proposal.
Iqbal said that under the substitute BBL, the Bangsamoro will be treated just like an ordinary local government unit and not an autonomous entity in Mindanao.
He added that Marcos’ version removed the 90-word preamble, which was the soul of the law, the Bangsamoro’s exclusive powers for banking as well as the block grant.
“Maraming powers na inalis sa exclusive powers ng Bangsamoro at nilagay sa concurrent, yun iba nilagay sa reserve powers. Like banking naging reserve powers na yun. Kung yun banking ay nasa exclusive powers ng Bangsamoro, they have powers over banking. Hindi na nila kailangan ng powers from the central government paano ba patakbuhin ang isang bangko. The power is more or less in line with the autonomous power to run a bank,” he said.
He also pointed out the block grant is for salaries and maintenance of offices. “Pag inalis mo yan, I don’t know where we can get money. At least, help us alleviate the suffering of the people,” he said.
He also noted six municipalities in Lanao del Norte and 39 barangays in North Cotabato were excluded from the plebiscite if the BBL is passed into law.
He also said it is not clear in the substitute BBL if Bangsamoro will have access to natural resources.
“We’re expecting a good BBL to pass congress. If a good BBL will not pass, it’s better to have no BBL, rather than a bad BBL,” he said. (MNS)