MANILA - The military on Thursday welcomed the passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the Congress and said it is an "antidote" for terrorism.
“I was informed that the third reading and final reading was already approved by the bicam. We're so happy, as I have said that the BBL is one of the antidote of the terrorism. So once we have passed the BBL, the Bangsamoro question now, the political solution will be embraced” said General Carlito Galvez Jr., chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Galvez said he believes that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is also happy with the passage of the bill.
Meanwhile, he said that if the government will resume peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), negotiations should be conducted in the country.
“Mas maganda dito talaga,” Galvez said.
He said the ideal situation would be to declare a ceasefire between the AFP and the New People’s Army.
He added that the AFP is willing to provide security for CPP founder Jose Maria Sison.
“Wala problema iyun, kasi we will, we are committed to peace. Definitely kung ano yung ginagawa natin sa mga consultants, nakita natin walang ginagalaw sa consultants at saka wala namang nangyayari," he said.