PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, January 18, warned about the possibility of another war erupting in Mindanao if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not enacted into law.
The President stressed that it was about time to correct the "historical injustice" committed against the Moro people.
He cautioned that without the passage of the draft Moro law, the embattled Mindanao might face another war, which he said could be "incontrollable."
"This time, if there will be no BBL or we change the Constitution or do not change thr Constitution at all, there will be war in Mindanao. I can assure you [of that]," Duterte said at the ceremonial launch of Overseas Filipino Bank held in Manila.
"You choose. I cannot control that," he added.
Duterte floated the idea amid the extension of martial rule in Mindanao after the
Maute terrorist group, who allegedly pledged fealty to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), laid siege to Marawi City on May 23, 2017.
The Commander-in-Chief admitted that "with the rise of Isis, it becomes doubly troubling for us now."
"At this time, I said, it could be a double whammy because my enemy would be their friends and what would that be? It's the Isis," he said.
On Wednesday, January 17, Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza said Duterte was ready to issue an executive order for the creation of a new Bangsamoro entity, should Congress fail to pass the proposed BBL.
Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel and former chief justice Hilario Davide Jr. have also pushed for the approval of the proposed BBL ahead of discussions on federalism.
Davide said the Bangsamoro could serve as a model for federalism. If it succeeds, then the government can proceed with the shift to a federal form of government, he said. (SunStar Philippines)