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21December

MILF is confident BOL will stand constitutional test-Al Haj Murad

Cotabato City– Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on Wednesday said they were confident that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) would “stand the constitutional test,” a report by Inquirer.Net said on December 19.

Al Haj Murad was speaking to ABS-CBN Channel during an interview in the light of a petition filed by PhilConsA with the Supreme Court on December 11 asking the higher court to issue a temporary restraining order to stop Malacañang and Congress from enforcing the law that would establish the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Earlier, Gov. Sakur Tan II of Sulu has also filed a petition with the higher court questioning the legality of BOL.

In an interview with ABS-CBN Channel, Al Haj Murad said that, “We are very confident that the BOL will stand the constitutional test because it has been processed many times during the negotiations, during the crafting of the law, during the passing of the law in Congress.” 

 “Everybody made sure that the law will be constitutional,” he added.

The MILF chief said that if the BOL would not pass the constitutional test, extremist groups could use this as a justification to continue their cause.

“Ang tingin namin, it will be capitalized by extremist groups. Now, for the meantime, when the BOL succeeded in passing Congress, they have no more justification in their campaign,” he said.

Al Haj Murad warns that “if BOL will not pass, they (extremists) will again capitalize on its failure in order to campaign for more adherents to their campaign.”

On the other hand, if the BOL is enforced, the nation would benefit from the peace and justice that it would bring, Al Haj Murad told ABS-CBN Channel.