The “best scenario” of enacting a new Bangsamoro law is now floated by a member of the Malacañang committee drafting a new constitution on March 16, 2018 and will be seen only after the country shifts to federalism.
According to Atty. Randolph Parcasio, a Bangsamoro Basic Law ratified under a federal constitution will ensure a “more comprehensive and more realistic” piece of legislation that will also be “more responsive to the demand for self-rule and genuine autonomy.”
“Federalism opens up the window for the full expression of the right to self-determination of the Bangsamoro people,” he said.
Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said they were open to federalism, but insisted the BBL should be passed ahead of a federal shift.
The BBL will implement the government’s 2014 peace agreement with the MILF, carving a new territory for the Bangsamoro run by a ministerial government.
President Duterte has committed to fully implement the MILF accord as well as the 1996 peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), from which the MILF broke away in the late 70s.
Three issues remain unresolved, including wealth sharing over strategic minerals, in the MNLF agreement.
A concern was also raised by some consultative committee members that the MILF is facing its own challenges over alleged constitutional infirmities in portions of the draft BBL.
Different versions are still under deliberation in the Senate and the House of Representatives.