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  (L-R) Dr. Ramir Uytico, Superindentendent, DepEd-Div. of Dumaguete City; Dr. Peter Dayot, OIC, NORSU; Rev. Elmer Saa of Silliman University Church; Cong. George Arnaiz; Dumaguete City Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling Sr.; and Farah Gentuya of DILG-Dumaguete City; during the 117th Philippine Independence Day Anniversary Celebration at Quezon Park, Dumaguete City on June 12, 2015. (PIA7-NegOr)  
  JUNE 14, 2015 EDITION  

      Capitol political war rages; public suffer    

Like in most parts of the country the “rushing” of the passage of the BBL or theBangsamoro Basic Law has elicited cool reactions saying the proposed law needs to reflect the true sentiments of the Filipino nation, not just the Bangsamoro members.

Participants of the forum at the capitol convention center, to promote the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law took turns in underscoring their serious reservations on the necessity and practicability of passing such measure, which even the team of defenders sent by the Office of the President admit will not guarantee a sustainable peace in the region with the rising of BIFF and Abu Sayaff.

Commissioner Salem Meduna of the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos said that pursuant to the 1979 Tripoli Agreement 13 provinces compose the territory of the Bangsamoro: Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Zamboanga, Zamboanga Del Norte, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, Davao Del Sur, South Cotabato and Palawan.

The speakers of the forum belonging to the National Peace Council, namely, Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jennifer Oreta, Floyd Gamino of the National Peace Council and Commissioner Denuma took pains to explain the need, strengths and main features of BBL amid a series of questions, comments and even suggestions to hold in abeyance Congress approval of the proposed law...



In all practicality, if it is in the interest of the nation, then President Aquino might do what DILG Sec. Mar Roxas did for him: slide down as vice president in 2016.

Just to be sure, we called up the office of Local Governments Code author ex Sen. Nene Pimentel and asked if PNoy can run for vice president. They said possibly yes, although this is not an official reply.

They reasoned out that if Gloria Arroyo ran as congresswoman after her presidency; if Erap Estrada ran as Manila mayor after his term. Why not PNoy running as vice president?

Besides, PNoy can escape the threat of possible plunder charges after his term if he runs for vice president and wins because he will enjoy another immunity from suit. Ha ha.

This is because PNoy is in a present dilemma:

Roxas is low in the surveys, he might be defeated by Binay if Roxas has no strong vice president. PNoy is still very acceptable, so he might make this final option as a last resort.



Many quarters interpret the timing of the signing of EO183 the Negros island region as a master stroke for the politics of Negros in 2016. The crucial question is: if Roxas will be president there will be no problem for one Negros region.

But if it will be someone else, who might revoke the executive order of PNOY who shall have been gone from office by then, the question is: what happens? More so if funding will be dwindling for political reasons. Just like the Bangsamoro BBL in which we do not know the thinking of the next president. Is it wise to wait after 2016? Why is the MILF so in a hurry to have BBL passed?

It is also not entirely correct to say that the people were not consulted. But what is correct is that the people were NOT THOROUGHLY consulted. In short the Silliman University study shows that majority of the Negrenses do not know what Negros island region is all about.

The answer is lack of effective information dissemination by government which the COA does not even subscribe for funding. So people remain ignorant of many things about the law. Does COA ever care for something like that? COA is toothless and heartless. It is like a machine or a horse whose eyes are focused in one direction. No flexibility.

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