Category Archives: BEL

COMMENT: BBL* Ahead of Federalization (2nd of 4 parts)

II. Liked with Fear GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 March) — The second main concern focused on the implications on BBL of federalization as the BPDR provides – the “Federalism + Enabling Law Approach” or the “Enabling Law (Legislative) and Federalism (Constitutional Convention) Simultaneous Tracks”. If the Senate will agree, “Constitutional Convention” in the […]

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: On the Level Lang!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 Feb) — President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed last January 9 the appointment papers of the members of the new 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). MindaNews reported this January 13. MILF’s Luwaran echoed the news on the same day. No national media reported the news. The report, an answer to an information […]

COMMENT: IV. BEL: Roadmap and Roadblocks (6) Patricio P. Diaz

6th  of nine parts Arbitrary Accommodation GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) — In allowing Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari to deal separately with another government (GPH) implementing panel, President Rodrigo Duterte replicated the arbitrary accommodation that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo granted Misuari. However, Duterte’s accommodation can imperil the Bangsamoro. In […]

COMMENT: Bangsamoro: Fulfillment or Denial Anew? (8)

8th of a series Inter-Branch Courtesy GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 November) This did not mean that Draft BBL was perfect – without errors and “questionables”. But the Congress, in keeping with inter-branch courtesy, should not have arrogated unto itself the power to reverse the constitutionality and legality of Draft BBL as ensured by the Office […]