The congress of the Philippines may not be able to pass the
BBL or Basic Law On The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region on the
date it set on June 11.
Congress will finish its interpellation on Wednesday, June 10.
Regardless of whether or not the (BBL) Basic Law On The
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region will be passed before June 11,
The MILF will begin the decommissioning or turn over of its
145 armed MILF fighters are scheduled to be decommissioned in
a couple of days.
According to MILF Chief negotiator Monagher Iqbal, in the
ceremonial decommissioning of its 145 armed members, MILF
will also turn over 75 of its high powered firearms.
Decommissioning is the process by which the MILF fighters will
no longer use and lay down their firearms in exchange for
socio economic programs and livelihood to be given by the
government to the MILF fighters that will go back to their
normal lives of peace.
The International Decommissioning Body is in the Philippines
to verify the firearms to be turned over by the MILF fighters.
Monagher Iqbal said that although the exact date is not yet
known, the MILF and the Philippine government already agreed
where the firearms will be stored. It was also agreed that the
(IDB) International Decommissioning Body will be the one
to secure the firearms to be turned over by the MILF and not
the Philippine government.
The exact number of firearms possessed by the MILF and the
exact numbers of MILF fighters where known only to President
Aquino. This facts were divulged by MILF Chairman Murad to
President Aquino at the height of the the peace negotiation.
The Decommissioning will be made by the MILF even if the
Bangsamoro Basic Law is still pending approval in congress
because this is one of the condition for the normalization
agreement between MILF and Philippine government.
Christian Monsod, a member of the constitutional commission that
drafted the 1987 Philippine Constitution, defended the version
of the BBL submitted by the Palace and Bangsamoro transition
commission to congress. He said that if there are doubts as to
the validity of some provisions of the BBL Law as against the
constitutions, allow the Supreme Court to decide on its legality.