Palace wants Bangsamoro law ready by yearend

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2014 06:11 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2014 02:11 AM

MANILA - President Aquino is pushing through with his trip to Davao City on Wednesday to attend a summit of local government units in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) despite a reported bombing of a tower of the National Grid Corp. in Maguindanao.

“We cannot countenance situations like this where there are people who are bent on sabotaging government resources and infrastructure, but our military is on top of it,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

“There will always be people who will try to put down the government, especially now that the Bangsamoro peace agreement will be signed, and so we are prepared to make sure that we can push through with our goal to achieve just and lasting peace in Mindanao.”

Aquino is expected to speak at the summit about the government's peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as government targets the passage of a law creating the Bangsamoro by yearend.

“The President is determined to forge ahead with the Bangsamoro peace agreement and also the Bangsamoro basic law, which will be finalized hopefully soon and which, by then, will be certified by the President to Congress; and hopefully, by the yearend, we will have a Bangsamoro basic law upon which we can truly effectuate the mechanisms provided by the peace agreement,” Lacierda said.

As to threats reportedly coming from Nur Misuari, he said government continues to reach out to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and make the whole process inclusive.

“We have always stated na talagang may ibang mga tao talaga na magiging naysayers, magiging nega dito sa peace agreement, but we continue to reach out to them… Patuloy po ang ating determination to reach out to other people who may not share the focus that we have with respect to the peace agreement,” he said.