BILAR, Bohol – Rep. Arthur C. Yap representing 3rd district of Bohol said the “mode of the House of Representatives right now is not supportive of the BBL.” The congressman answered queries from the media on the sidelines of the Heat-It caravan held in this town Wednesday. Mayor Norman “Tata” Palacio of this town hosted the said civic action courtesy of the provincial government. However, Yap emphasized that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not connected to “Fallen 44.” Fallen 44 is another story, he said.
“Fallen 44” referring to 44 Special Action Force commandoes of the Philippines National Police who were allegedly slaughtered mercilessly by Muslim fighters in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015 when they tried to enforce and arrest of “terrorists” Marwan and Usman, alleged explosive experts.
Yap, who is lawyer, said that “Fallen 44 is a criminal offense that must be dealt accordingly. Those responsible of the Fallen 44 “must be brought to criminal justice. “We want peace, we want to pass it (BBL) but there are outstanding questions. But if BBL means dismember of a state hindi po ‘yon.”
He said that the House is studying the BBL provisions carefully. “BBL has to be studied for the alleged constitutional infringement,” he said. It was learned that the passage of the BBL hit a snag following the slaughter of 44 SAF commandos.
The national government has signed a peace accord that led to the proposed BBL which still subject to approval of the Congress —- The House of Representatives and the Senate in a bid to end hostilities in some parts of Mindanao dubbed, “The Land of Promise.” On the same vein, “What happened in Mamasapano was a wake-up call for our democracy,” Mayor Necitas T. Cubrado of Pilar town said recently. She told the policewomen gathered at this camp during the kick-off ceremony of the Women’s Month bearing theme, “Juana: Ang Desisyon Mo Ay Mahalaga Sa Kinabukasan Ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na.”
In her brief speech, Mayor Cubrado as guest of honor of the event, said that Mamasapano, Maguindanao, where the 44 Special Action Force of the PNP were slaughtered in January 25, 2015 has challeneged the PNP leadership and Malacañang. “Then, let it be our strength to strive hard to gain more integrity and loyalty as well as pray for justice to all victims of violence and terrorism, for beyond the stolid bureaucracy, beyond the disdainful posturing of the elite, the courageous SAF 44 teaches us how to unite in sorrow, incluence our peers, inspire our subordinates and compel our superiors to reform.” (rvo)