EDITORIALS




10November

Petition on BOL: Anti-people stance

Former and now candidate for Sulu Governor Abdulsakur Tan Sr. reportedly moralized his son’s petition on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) before the Supreme Court not only to test its legality but to entrench its firmness as a law once it is declared constitutional.


For those who argue their case to the Highest Heaven would understand such reasoning or alleged altruistic intention, but for those who see its immediate disastrous effect or consequence would simply look at it as pure and simple “anti-people/Moro stance”.

If the BOL is not ratified, it means there is no law, and if there is no law, it means the situation is back to the status quo, which is full of uncertainties.

There is no need for such a resort to make the BOL soundly legal and firm. No one questioning its constitutionality before the Supreme Court is already enough to entrench it. The petition is a dangerous gambit!

In brevity, the actions of the father-and-son tandem, Abdulsakur and Totoh, is a misdirected sanity. The people will never understand it as something good for them. Many are already denouncing it, as self-serving. Leaders especially of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, and the ARMM have already spoken against the petition.

The petition also underestimates the greatness of the Tausog as a people, who surely are imbued with discernment to know what is good and what so-called leaders are telling. The BOL is a good law, of course, not a perfect one, but it is over and above the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). A good law and good leaders combined will make the Bangsamoro region great and progressive, not where the kind of leaders where the Abu Sayyaf continues to kidnap their victims at will and right at their doorsteps.

The Tans of Sulu are a highly divided family on the issue of peace in Mindanao. Abdulsakur Tan had never sided with the MNLF and the Bangsamoro people. In fact, during the height of the MNLF rebellion in Sulu in the 70s, he fought a bloody war against them, despite the fact that the two wives of Chair Nur Misuari are also Tans (Desdemona Tan and Rowaida Tan). On the other hand, the younger but half-brother, Undersecretary Nabil Tan, also chairing the GPH Peace Implementing Panel, has always been part for the search for peace in Mindanao, including those of the CPP/NPA/NDFP. While many are calling for his resignation, as chief government peace negotiator, but we think as long as he maintains and pushes hard his advocacy for peace especially with the MILF renders his stay more justified and necessary. If he resigns, it is as if he allows the forces of unpeace to reign. Surely, the MILF will be the first to recognize the wisdom of his decision to stay.