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.”
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?”