BBL, mamasapano, MILF

29 January 2016

With only three days left, Senate President Franklin Drilon conceded, saying there is no more time for Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), as the measure is already dead in the Senate.

Drilon attributed the slow death of the Aquino-backed proposal for a long-term peace program for Mindanao to the bloody January 25 clash last year that resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

“The political environment has become very toxic. I think the BBL and the peace process of the BBL is the 45th victim in the Mamasapano (incident),” Drilon said in an ANC interview.

so, why couldn’t oplan exodus wait until the BBL was a done deal.  i mean, you know, if the BBL was so important, why jeopardize it in any way?  why couldn’t oplan exodus wait?

the answer, if memory serves, lies in alleged intelligence reports relayed to suspended pnp chief purisima by american operatives that marwan was showing signs of planning a change in location.  so there was a sense of urgency on the part of the americans, who must have demanded immediate action, knowing full well that napenas had a plan.  a time-on-target plan that the americans must have deemed doable.  the president may have been convinced that it could be kept secret and done quickly, in and out.  besides, what was the MILF doing, coddling terrorists.

in fact the MILF is as much to blame for mamasapano killing the BBL, and not only because they gave refuge to terrorists.  worse,  that the MILF could not prevent or stop the killings — a one-sided massacre — in territory they claimed to control certainly does not inspire confidence in its promise to eschew violence and embrace peace.

as for the americans, i wonder now what they thought of the BBL.  did they approve?  did they care?  maybe they cared more about getting marwan.

13 Responses to BBL, mamasapano, MILF

  1. January 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm
    manuelbuencamino

    How has the US’s High Value Target policy helped in the war on terror?

  2. January 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm
    manuelbuencamino

    The HVT assassination policy as a tool in the war on terror is simply wrong. Sure it has killed of HVTs but it has not brought the US and its allies anywhere near to winning the war on terror.

  3. January 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm
    Batang-Genyo, Alah Eh

    Perhaps, the generals couldnt wait to get the bounty of US$1 million since they have already identified the location of the target.

    • February 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm
      manuelbuencamino

      Generals for AFP. Military.
      Directors, Superintendents for PNP. Civilian police force.

  4. February 2, 2016 at 11:18 am
    ricelander

    “…in fact the MILF is as much to blame for mamasapano killing the BBL, and not only because they gave refuge to terrorists. worse, that the MILF could not prevent or stop the killings…”
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    That to me is one big issue. We’ve seen the President repeatedly lashing and badmouthing Napeñas in public but have we heard him say anything against the killers? Very considerate, I would say, of those who massacred his own people. Indeed, I find it odd and disturbing to hear him insisting just a few days after the gruesome massacre that the way to honor the dead SAF is to approve the BBL.

    • February 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      nagulumihanan din ako dyan. as if kung meron nang BBL, there would have been no massacre. or, as if the SAF died fighting for the BBL.

  5. February 4, 2016 at 10:50 am
  6. February 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

    “Goodbye, farewell, and amen, BBL” by Yen Makabenta
    http://www.manilatimes.net/goodbye-farewell-and-amen-bbl/242960/

  7. February 4, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Norodin Alonto Lucman: “The government missed the mysticism and value of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. It is a Jihad document and only the righteous, Muslims and Christians, can understand its meaning. It is a document for Jihad written in the language of the martyrs. The real work begins because war is inevitable for peace.”

    https://www.facebook.com/steve.salonga/posts/10153875218395762?comment_id=10153875220130762&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D

    • February 6, 2016 at 2:49 am
      Batang-Genyo, Alah Eh

      Norodin Lucman, it is a mistake and a misnomer to declare BBL a Jihad document since the martyrs from both sides of the massacre did not die to convert infidels or evil doers to the cause of Allah nor a spiritual struggle against forces that prevent one to follow the divine laws of Almighty Creator. The search for peaceful co-existence with a diametrically opposed religious faith and the ultimate self-rule need confidence building mechanism by respecting the supremacy of the fundamental law of the land as a framework to begin with.

  8. February 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    “BBL’s nonenactment a blessing in disguise” by Antonio Montalvan II
    http://opinion.inquirer.net/92891/bbls-nonenactment-a-blessing-in-disguise

  9. February 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    “Marwan killed for money by his aide, group claims”
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/766441/marwan-killed-for-money-by-his-aide-group-claims

    • February 22, 2016 at 9:26 pm
      Batang-Genyo, Alah Eh

      Bakit nga ba may mga Kano undercover dito sa operation? Ito ang initial hunch ko, some general ay interesado sa monetary reward na ibibigay ng US para sa ulo ni Marwan. siyempre may mga asset na ginagamit ang syndicato kasabwat ang MILF/BIFF. Niloloko lang tayo ng mga hudas na miembro ng mg kuno “peace panel” na lahing Malaysian.

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