Look at BBL as reparation for historical wrongs, analyst suggests

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Posted at May 28 2018 05:15 PM | Updated as of May 28 2018 05:29 PM

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MANILA - The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can be viewed as reparation for the historical injustices committed against Moro people, an analyst said Monday. 

Lawyer Benedicto Bacani of the Institute for Autonomy and Government said there must be recognition of the historical injustices that resulted in slow development of the Moro homeland. 

"You have to understand this in the context of historical injustice. This is not just an issue of internal revenue allotment, kasi technically, you can just look at it from that perspective. But you can look at it also as a kind of reparation," he told ANC. 

"If everybody acknowledges that there has been historical injustice, you try to make amends. Kaya naman talagang they are lagging behind [and the reason] is because of these conflicts. So you have to give them some affirmative action in the form of reparations," he added.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to certify the proposed BBL as urgent before Congress adjourns this week. 

Bacani is hoping that both houses of Congress can agree on the final text so there will be no need for a bicameral conference committee to reconcile the different versions. 

Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier described the upper house's proposed BBL as a "conservative but well-crafted proposal." The House version, meanwhile, is much closer to what the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted, he said.