MANILA, March 29 -– Chief peace negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Mohaqer Iqbal on Friday said that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is “battered but not yet out.”
The statement was made by Iqbal at the book launching marking the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) held at the Baluarte San Diego Gardens in Intramuros, Manila.
Iqbal said that, “I think there is now some sort of recovery” with the hope the BBL would be passed by Congress. “On the part of the MILF, we keep on moving, moving and moving,” Iqbal said his extemporaneous speech at the book launching.
“A year ago we started a journey to realize the dream of the people in Mindanao,” he added. He said the Mamasapano incident was “tragic and unfortunate. On behalf of the MILF we are so sorry that many lives have died,” Iqbal said.
The bloody massacre that snuffed lives of 67 people, including 44 police commandos of the Special Action Force (SAF) happened at the Mamasapano killing fields of Maguindanao province last Jan. 25.
Meanwhile, it was the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) which launched the books “Getting to Peace” and ”In Defense of the Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law” which some sectors point out as its negotiators are lawyering for the MILF more than the government side it represents.
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