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MILF to accept changed version of BBL

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Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal joined the third leg of the Senate inquiry on the Mamasapano operation on Thursday. Senate PRIB/Romy Bugante

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will accept whatever changes be on the Bangsamoro Basic Law but warned that the perennial problems in Mindanao will not be addressed, chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said.

Iqbal said that the MILF will only reject a law that do more harm than good to communities that ought to benefit from it.

Iqbal said, however, that the group trusts Congress to enact the bill without revisions.

“I trust the collective wisdom of Congress to pass good legislation in the form of the Bangsamoro Basic Law,” Iqbal said.

Iqbal also vowed that the MILF will choose to take the path of peace even after the government abandons the Bangsamoro process as a consequence of the January 25 bloodshed in Mamasapano between police commandos and Moro rebels

“There is no option, but the option is peace,” Iqbal said.

Iqbal said a diluted form of BBL will only encourage many sectors to disengage from the peace process and foment more discontent among groups that have warned them not to indulge in a peace process with government.

The security situation in Mindanao, moreover, will not be solved by a weaker BBL, he said.

“Patuloy and problema dito sa Mindanao because the solution, the supposed medicine was not administered, hindi naibigay,” Iqbal said.

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