Proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law should pass close scrutiny to avoid being questioned in the Supreme Court

January 27, 2014 11:17 pm 

By Sammy F. Martin

MANILA, Jan. 27 (PNA) — The soon to be submitted to Congress — the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law — should not exceed within the bounce of the law, said Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon.

Biazon, who is chairman of the House committee on National Defense and Security, said the proposed measure must pass close scrutiny to avoid further questions before the Supreme Court (SC).

The former chief of staff whose life as a soldier was spent in Mindanao said the measure should be free from possible “traps” in the annexes, or the demands of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that requires constitutional amendments, or enactment, repeal, amendment of a law.

He pointed out that one of the possible contentious provisions is the creation of a new police force within the new Bangsamoro entity.

“We still have a lot of obstacles to hurdle along the way. Some of their demands will require constitutional amendments. You might remember there are different levels of authority that will be invoked,” Biazon told reporters at the sidelines before session starts.

“The Constitution is very clear — there shall only be one Philippine National Police, civilian in character and national in scope. I am not saying that it is hard for us — we need to examine all the scope of the annexes and find out and begin to study which of the provisions of these four annexes will require deeper examination so that we will know where the traps might be,” he noted.

The soldier turned politician predicted that there are many other provisions that will be questioned before the SC.

In 2008, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed the Memorandum of Agreement on the Muslim Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) creating an independent state within the Philippines, but was later on struck down by the SC as unconstitutional.

Biazon emphasized that this is what they need to avoid repetition.

"We do not need to be in a hurry for its passage just to satisfy a particular sector but must be sure that no provisions will violate the 1987 Constitution," he stressed.

Other congressmen made reservations on what to say about the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement and asked to give them enough time to read and understand it. (PNA)

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