Bangsamoro law not a magic bullet - solon

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Posted at Jul 19 2018 12:10 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2019 03:34 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Senator Franklin Drilon discuss a point as other lawmakers listen during the Joint Bicameral Committee meeting on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law, which grants wider self-rule to the Muslim minority in the south, is "not a silver bullet" against the conflict-wracked region's problems. 

The bill is among the requirements under a 2014 peace agreement between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's largest Moro rebel group. 

Under the measure, the MILF will lead a transition authority that will supervise creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to replace ARMM. 

Asked about the possibility of other Moro groups contesting MILF's leadership, Zamboanga Rep. Celso Lobregat said: "'Yan nga ay isang problema (That is a problem)." 

"This is one step towards peace, but the basic law is not a silver bullet na pagpasa nito e magkakaroon ng kapayapaan (that will instantly create peace after it is passed)," he added. 

"Marami pang ibang problema (there are many other problems), but at least, it will be a step in the right direction. We are hoping for the best, but we also have to level our expectations." 

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A bicameral conference approved Wednesday the Bangsamoro Organic Law, paving the way for President Rodrigo Duterte to sign it into law. 

The law will funnel into the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region 5 percent of the national internal revenue amounting to at least P60 billion to P70 billion a year. 

The region headed by a chief minister and 2 deputy ministers, to be elected from the parliament – half of which will be political party representatives while 40 percent are district representatives and 10 percent are sector representatives.