MNLF will not participate on BBL deliberations

By , on April 25, 2015

Photo by Robert Viñas / PCOO
Photo by Robert Viñas / PCOO

MANILA — The House should expect the absence of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the House deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Islamic Law (BBL).

This is after the group reiterated that they will not attend the ongoing deliberations as it is a “betrayal” of the 1996 final peace agreement entered into by the government with the MNLF.

A memorandum stating that the MNLF is not interested in participating in the House hearings was already submitted to Iyadf Ameen Madani, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), according to spokesman Absalum Cerveza.

“The BBL deals with the same agreement, the same territory and the same people that has been forged in the 1996 peace agreement,” Cerveza said.

“The BBL hearings are an exercise in futility because eventually it will be declared unconstitutional,” he added.

The said memo was submitted during a meeting in Davao City dated April 17.

Madani earlier urged rebel groups to support the incorporation of the BBL with the peace agreement.

He added that the BBL should be considered in the context of other peace agreements that was signed by the government and the MNLF.

BBL was proposed to create a Bangsamoro territory, a part of the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).