Stakeholders seek passage of BBL, say billionaires will come to Mindanao to invest their money

Various stakeholders comprising Muslim businessmen, religious leaders and sultanates sought on Wednesday, March 29, the passage of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to attain long lasting peace and genuine political autonomy in Mindanao, a report by Manila Standard said.

At a news conference in Quezon City, they also called on Christians and Muslims to unite, and urged lawmakers to approve the bill.

Allan Balangi of 1Bangsa called on the Senate and Congress to give much attention to the approval of a new Bangsamoro enabling law that maybe crafted by the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

On his part, Royal Sultanate Faizal Benaning Bansao of Batangas said with President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order that expanded the BTC from 15 to 21 members, the draft BBL could be passed into law “on the last week of May or before the President’s 2nd State-of-the-Nation Address in July]”.

The crafting of the enabling law is part of the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in March 2014, Manila Standard also said in its report.

Bansao stressed that, “Any changes in the BBL enabling law must be anchored on a win-win solution. We will meet halfway to fine-tune it”.

 “We will police our own ranks once a Bangsamoro Law is passed. Muslims are not the problem, but they are the solution”, Bansao empahasized.

Datu Raisonel Magangcong of the Federation of Bangsamoro Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines said their Muslim brethren in Metro Manila and the other parts of Luzon as well as overseas Filipino Muslims would choose to go back to Mindanao once the proposed BBL would be passed and implemented, and that Mindanao’s overall economic development would be attained.

“Billionaires will come to Mindanao to invest their money,” he said.