From the English language edition of the CPP propaganda publication, Ang Bayan (May 7): NPA punishes construction company in Hacienda Looc
The Edgardo Dagli Command (New People’s Army-Batangas) meted punishment on May 2 on Toreja Construction, which is building a road going through an eco-tourism project owned by Henry Sy and the Virata clan in Hacienda Looc, Nasugbu, Batangas. The NPA detroyed two bulldozers, three backhoes, a grader, a road roller, a payloader and a water tanker.
The punitive measure was aimed at registering the people’s firm opposition to Sy’s project which has massively destroyed farmlands and caused widespread human rights violations. Farmers’ huts have been burned, their crops destroyed and seized, and their charcoal supply and wood for house construction forcibly taken by Sy and Virata’s security guards.
More than 200,000 people have assembled in seven cities and four towns in Mindanao, as well as in Metropolitan Manila particularly in Taguig City where substantial Moro populations are domiciled to openly approve and ratify the BBL. They appealed to Congress, which will eventually take hold of the fate of the BBL either this month or in June, not to water down the proposed BBL as originally forwarded to the OP. They also appealed to President Benigno Aquino III to personally look at the proposed BBL and as much as possible to guard the pristine form as originally submitted by the BTC.
The BBL is crafted on the basis of the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and extra care and conscious deliberation have been adopted by the BTC so that everything therein will stand the test of any legal challenge. It has been sanitized of any virus so that it would not follow the sorrow fate of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in July 2008. This is why the BTC will propose in a separate document proposals to amend the Philippine Constitution to finally put to rest the Bangsamoro Question.
The reason for this separate proposal is well known. First, both the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and Executive Order No. 120 signed by President Aquino in 2012 creating the BTC mandated it to make proposals, if necessary, to amend the Constitution. And second, the Constitution is too limited and narrow to fully address the Bangsamoro Question and once and for all put to rest the armed conflict in Mindanao between the Bangsamoro and the Philippine state.
Clearly, this problem or question is too big and complex that the present Constitution cannot fully accommodate. Fundamentally, this problem is equivalent to Bangsamoro right to self-determination, which the late founder of the MILF, Sheikh Salamat Hashim, succinctly asserted that it can only be expressed in two ways namely, independence or meaningful autonomy. With granting of an independent state to the Bangsamoro not in any signed document or not possible at all, therefore, the deliberation of the BBL versus the Constitution has to be stretched to the limit. After all, what is above the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which is no doubt an administrative region, and just below an independent state is so wide that creativity and flexibility in accommodating provisions of the BBL is the better part of judgment. Any conservative stance in applying the law into the provisions of the BBL will hardly get us somewhere and forward.
As above stated, the people, the source of sovereignty in this country, have already spoken in support of the BBL proposed by the BTC. It is only fair that these voices of the people must not leave unheeded to. We are sure that more voices in the form of rallies are in the offing.