Peace ‘Piece by Piece?’ By Jess Dureza

Written by Jess Dureza opinion, published at The Mindanao Examiner.

AMEND ARMM LAW — I read similar positions of two eminent persons who are proposing that in lieu of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the more expedient way forward, while the BBL is getting stuck in both Houses of Congress is to return back to the law of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (R.A. 9054) which they argued has no constitutional infirmities but enhancing it with applicable provisions of the BBL. This was proposed by former MNLF rebel fighter-commander JERRY SALAPUDDIN who returned to the folds of the law during martial law days and eventually became Congressman of Basilan province. Former Executive Secretary EDUARDO ERMITA, by the way, told me once how he went to the “war zone” while he was AFP army general to fetch JERRY from his Basilan hideout.  I remember JERRY became Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives at one time.

How do you solve a problem like the Philippines’ Sabah claim?

Written by Amina Rasul on her column Surveil in BusinessWorld.

Last week, I had the privilege of joining former University of the Philippines Law Dean Merlin Magallona at a forum on the Sabah claim. With us were Professor Harry Roque, Atty. Roy Ecraela (who is the department of foreign affairs’ sabah point person), and Ellen Tordesillas. The UP Law Center’s Institute for International Studies, headed by Harry, organized the forum.

Pro PolitiCS

Written by Malou Tiquia.

WHEN politics is introduced into every equation, people would often say things will be muddled up so much it can never solve a problem. That is not true if one bears in mind Harold Lasswell’s definition of politics. “Who gets what, when and how” is essentially an allocation problem. Think about it. Budget is allocation. Identification of power and modes of sharing the same are all about allocation. Writing laws and implementing the same are all about allocation. What makes politics bad is the partisanship in its exercise.

Which BBL are we espousing and for what purpose?

Written by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

There is as yet no Bangsamoro Basic Law. What is in hand is a proposed BBL. That is one version. After it goes through the legislative mill in the House of Representatives, another version is expected to come out, supposedly one that could be said “in sync with the Constitution”; that would be the second version. Then the Senate deliberates and its output would be a third version. That is granting that on all three, the Supreme Court has not spoken. But once the high court speaks on the matter, the BBL is expected to morph into a fourth version. It is likely that Malacañang was looking at this scenario when it said, “any BBL will do.”

Saving the peace process

Written by the Arab News.

The struggle for peace is more difficult than going to war, a former Muslim rebel told this writer as he stressed the need for the Philippine government to stay true to its word in passing the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

This sentiment was echoed by one of the woman leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who visited Manila recently. She said that they felt the peace process is being jeopardized by politicians who know very little of their life in Mindanao. Referring to one senator in particular, she asked, “Does he even know how it feels to see someone you love dying in front of you because of war?”

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