Ferrer: ISIS-like groups may emerge if BBL not passed

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 06 2015 06:30 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2015 02:30 AM

MANILA - Government peace panel chairman Miriam Coronel Ferrer has warned that failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may lead to more radical groups splintering from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to form ISIS-like groups pursuing a different agenda.

“That's the direction we're afraid of: ISIS-like groups, Al Qaeda-groups utilizing different modes of organization, use of violence,” she said.

Ferrer said, however, the MILF has already said it will stay the course of peace even if the BBL is not passed during the Aquino administration.

Lawmakers critical of the draft law have used the Mamasapano incident as an argument against the BBL.

Meanwhile, government ceasefire panel chairman Carlos Sol said the normalization component of the peace process -- wherein the MILF will gradually down its firearms alongside the delivery of political provisions -- ensures human security in the Bangsamoro area.

Sol said part of the normalization is the dismantling of the private armed groups in the area.

He said decommissioning is a gradual process.

He said the combatants will not “surrender” but will just lay down their firearms with the aim of integrating into a peaceful life in a peaceful community.

“Kung bumabagal yung approval ng BBL, bumabagal rin ang other phases ng normalization," he said.