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Friday, May 22, 2015

Zambo youth differ in views on BBL, call for more info

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – As the amended version of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has already passed in the House ad committee early this week with an overwhelming 50-17 votes in favor, varied opinions on the bill continue to surface especially among the youth.

Several are anxious for its passage, and some are not really enthused, while some feel that more information about the bill is needed to make a personal stand.

College students from the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) share their insights as follows:

Yes, BBL is important because this is a way or process for having peace and understanding for people. BBL is the hope for all. This is justice for all. This is one way of having peace for both Muslims and Christians.”  - Shiejie Manuel
What I know from BBL is that it separates Muslims from Christian. It cannot be that way. We need a united country. We cannot just agree on this without a wise and a good realization what this is for and what the good benefits are. So I think, we need more time to decide.” - Marvin Lunggakit
Actually, BBL is positive but the thing is Mindanao will be a Moro Islamic state. There is a possibility for conflict. But on the other hand, BBL means peace for all. This may bring in an understanding and hopebetween every individual either Muslims or Christian.” - Alter Rosales
“I am not saying that I am an anti-BBL but I don’t think that the idea of passing it is good since turning it into law means cutting a big slice on our annual national budget. In a scale of 1-10, I rate the House Bill 5. I believe peace is attainable but not through this.” - Mercilyn Sadjari
“Having less idea on BBL just gives me a reason not to favor it.  I am naïve on the issue since the media and the government only give limited information about it. It shouldn’t be realized since the peace and order situation in the region must be addressed first. I understand the dream of peace that is why they filed this bill but I think this would only root more hunger for power.” - Ruiz Delos Santos
“I really don’t have an idea on BBL. But for me, passing the bill would only open the minds of other groups or tribes to seek autonomy.” - Nicole Solis
“I am not in favor in the passing of BBL because the people who would handle areas to be included in the BBL is not yet revealed. However, this might be the answer to long lasting peace. ”  Haireen
As of this time, the BBL’s future seems promising. However, certain legislators are still deliberating on its constitutionality. For one, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is calling for several amendments on the bill “or face litigation by the Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile, Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. recently emphasized the need for legislators to speak directly with Mindanaoans to have a better grasp of their opinions about the bill since it is they themselves who will be most affected if the BBL is passed. Lawmakers will have more informed decisions this way, Senator Marcos said. (with reports from Rylle Darryll Estrella and Shiela May Aquino)