July 23, 2018, 12:03 am
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Open letter to bicam on BBL

IF our legislators are to act as peace architects, they should know that they cannot build peace in Mindanao by having a substandard, diluted BBL.

We urge all members of the Bicameral Conference Committee to be the authors of real change, justice and genuine peace in the land. 

In particular, we appeal to your collective wisdom to consider the following demands:

• Enact a BBL that is consistent and compliant with the spirit, vision and principles of the FAB, CAB and all previously signed peace agreements;

• Entrench in the BBL meaningful autonomy and genuine self-governance of the Bangsamoro, recognizing the diverse and distinct identities, culture and faith traditions, and historical antecedents defining the Bangsamoro Question;

• Retain and build upon the rights and powers of the ARMM towards the creating a more vibrant and progressive Bangsamoro region;

• Grant genuine and efficient fiscal autonomy for the Bangsamoro;

• Provide the Bangsamoro effective management and control over and benefits of the natural resources in the Bangsamoro territory;

• Full inclusion of the Indigenous Peoples rights in the BBL to ensure the recognition and protection of their rights and to correct historical marginalization and exclusion;

• Institutionalize a transitional justice and reconciliation process for the Bangsamoro. Embed this as a pillar in the Marawi normalization. Heed previous recommendations to establish a National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRB).

We hope that you will favorably consider these humble proposals with a noble vision to primarily enact a social justice instrument that addresses the historical root causes of the centuries-old problem in the Bangsamoro.

With our sincerest esteem, [c. 60 peace activists and BBL advocates] from All-Out Peace network and Bangsamoro groups.


A reader:  “You recently wrote Supply-side Economics. What are the benefits of supply-side; demand side economics?”

Hypothetical:  An international boot manufacturer sent two salesmen to an isolated city in Africa. When they got to their destination, one salesman called his supervisor. “I am coming home. It is too hot and dry here for boots. They do not wear them. They cannot pay for our expensive boots.”  The other salesman called his supervisor.  “Send a shipment of boots right away. We have no competition. The stores do not carry boots. I’ll sell a lot. I will teach them to love our boots.”

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.” —Robert Heinlein

PS:  The poorest Filipino was trained to eat food of wheat, arina. Know that the Philippines does not plant one blade of wheat. All that millions of tons of arina are imported from the countries that trained the Filipinos to eat wheat.


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