Bangsamoro Law can hurdle Supreme Court challenge, says MILF, military

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Posted at Nov 19 2018 03:00 PM

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front and military on Monday expressed confidence that a law granting wider self-rule to Muslims will survive its first legal challenge at the Supreme Court.

The Province of Sulu last month questioned the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law and asked the high court to halt the upcoming plebiscite for its ratification.

"We're confident that as far as constitutionality is concerned, there is no unconsitutional provision [in the BOL]," MILF Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim told reporters at the military's headquarters in Quezon City.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. echoed this sentiment, saying that lawmakers pored over the measure "until the wee hours" before it was approved.

"I'm very confident that the BOL will survive the scrutiny of the Supreme Court," he said.

Ebrahim on Monday visited Camp Aguinaldo for the first time ever, nearly 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the BOL into law believing it would heal the "historical injustices" suffered by the Moros.

The BOL is the implementing law of a peace accord that the MILF signed in 2014 with then President Benigno Aquino III.

ABS-CBN, 19 November 2018