PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III blamed Thursday Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile for failure to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the Senate.
Aquino, in a speech during the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, said that he felt a "deep sense of disappointment" because the BBL, which can bring forth justice and peace for the Bangsamoro people in Mindanao, was being blocked.
"And is it not true that the BBL has hit a road block in the Senate committee for local governance, headed by Senator Marcos? Is it not true that, in the last session day, it was Senator Enrile who continued to interpellate? And is it not true that these two surnames were the ones who pushed for a military solution against the Moros during the dictatorship?" he said.
Enrile was the defense minister of the Marcos' father, late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
Aquino said that for the many Filipinos who suffered during Martial Law, they could understand the plight of the Moro people.
He said during Martial Law, which was declared by then President Marcos, landgrabbing became a trend in Mindanao.
"The Marcos regime, in spite of siding with those who were abused, seemed to approve of the actions of the abusers. Whereas they could have worked justice, or passed a law to fix the situation, the solution they pushed for involved the Philippine Constabulary and the Armed Forces," he recalled.
Congress has failed to pass the proposed BBL before its session adjourned early this month. (SDR/Sunnex)