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    Phl peace a test case for Moro people

    THE Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is a “test case” for a federalized government and a proving ground for the Bangsamoro people in their ability to take the lead in bringing peace and progress in Southern Philippines, a lawmaker on Sunday said.
    Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City made his remark after learning that senior officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are are going around in their pursuit to secure the immediate passage of the BBL.
    Earlier reports said MILF members are meeting with members of Congress to seek their support for the BBL that would hopefully end the cycle of violence in Mindanao islands of Southern Philippines.
    Reports said Nograles admitted that MILF Vice Chair Ghadzali Jaafar met with him to personally seek his support for the swift passage of the BBL, the draft of which is expected to be submitted by Malacanang to the House of Representatives in time for the opening of the Second Regular Session of the 16th Congress beginning July 28.
    Jaafar reportedly gave Nograles his assurance that the BBL will benefit not only the Bangsamoro people but the entire nation as well because it will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for Mindanao islands.
    The Davao lawmaker also said that in that meeting, he made his personal guarantee to Jaafar that he is definitely for the immediate passage of the BBL and even made his commitment that he would help in convincing his peers to also support the measure.
    Nograles, who is also an ardent advocate of federalism, said the BBL could set the stage for a stronger national movement in the pursuit for a Federal and Parliamentary form of government.
    “I expressed my support for the BBL because if this is made possible, then such will be a precursor to a shift towards a Federal and Parliamentary form of government for our country which I as a Mindanaoan fully support and advocate. What is good for the Bangsamoro people must be good for all Filipinos, equally, without distinction,” the report quoted Nograles as saying.

    “I added that as people from Mindanao, we all share the concern that more development and more services must be poured into Mindanao, and because we are an island rich with resources then whatever we reap as a people must be poured back first for the development of our people; that is only fair and just; and that can only be achieved under a federal parliamentary form of government,” he added.
    “But the same must also be made equally available, beneficial and functional for the entire country,” Nograles stressed.
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