Maguindanao 1st District Rep. Sema refiles BBL

Philstar correspondent John Unson reported yesterday that Maguindanao 1st District Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, the spouse of the Datu Muslimen Sema of the Moro National Liberation Front-Council of 15 (MNLF) has re-filed in Congress on June 30 the original version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which is to principally benefit the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Sema made known her refiling of the Bangsamoro Law on July 23.

Rep. Sema on Saturday said she has reintroduced to the House of Representatives the proposed law, which solons denied of congressional imprimatur during the time of President Benigno Aquino III.

The BBL is the enabling measure for the replacement of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that former President Benigno C. Aquino considered a “failed experiment’. When passed by congress and ratified in a plebiscite, the BBL will entrench a new region called Bangsamoro.
The creation of the Bangsamoro government is part of a final compact between the government and the MILF, the March 27, 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro.

 “In a way, my move to have the BBL studied again by the House will show that there is inclusivity now in the effort of the Bangsamoro people to build lasting peace in the homeland,” Sema said.

Unson also said in his report that, “The MNLF-Sema group is not hostile to the MILF, an absolute contrast with the faction led by Misuari, who has rabidly been opposing Malacañang’s dealings with the MILF, led by Hadji Murad Ebrahim”.

Sema said the BBL was re-filed in its original format, containing the same contentious provisions which most members of the House opposed for being “unconstitutional.”

The BBL Sema is trying to revive, recorded as House Bill 92, entitled “An act providing for the basic law for the Bangsamoro and abolishing the ARMM,” was reintroduced last June 30, 2016, the first day of filing of proposed laws by legislators, Unson said further in his report.

“We can study again and discuss the BBL provisions that are construed to be unconstitutional,” said Sema, who was elected to a third and last term during the May 9 synchronized local, ARMM and national elections.