THE PHILIPPINES’ BBL: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

BBLMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Everyone in the Philippines is talking about BBL, or the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  It is a proposed law intended to establish the Bangsamoro political entity and provide for its basic government structure which will replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The proposed law is based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the peace agreement signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The administration of President Aquino is pressing hard for its approval while more and more senators are urging to amend the draft on the grounds that it is, in its present form, unconstitutional.

Public opinion against the proposed law is increasing, with many saying that the government is basically selling the nation’s sovereignty, leading up to the total separation of the entire island of Mindanao from the Philippines.

A March 2015 survey conducted by public opinion polling group Pulse Asia found that 44% of Filipinos were opposed to the law’s passage, with only 22% supporting its passage.

Well, it turns out that this whole issue of the BBL is much ado about nothing.

A quick search on Google Maps shows that BBL is but a small sub-location in the municipality of Marilao, Batangas province. Giving up even  the entire sub-location to the Muslim rebel groups would result in only a small dent in the preservation of the country’s sovereignty.

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