From the Manila Bulletin Breaking News (May 31): Armed men abduct DENR contractors in Compostela Valley
Six sub-contractors of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were abducted by unidentified armed men at around 2 p.m. on Friday, May 30 in Barangay New Leyte, Maco town in Compostela Valley province, the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army said.
Army Captain Ernest Carolina, information officer of the 10th ID said the sub-contractors from Manila were conducting validation for the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) in the area when the abduction took place.
The Army did not identify any group responsible for the abduction as of press time.
Elements of the 1001st Brigrade under Col. Angelito de Leon are now conducting pursuit operations in the area.
In its editorial, dated May 22, 2014, Luwaran.com, the Moro Front’s Committee on Information official website, the MILF says that, “For the nth time we say that our trust with President Benigno Aquino III is fully intact and we know how he is committed to make the resolution of the Bangsamoro Question as his best legacy to the people in this country”.
In the said editorial, the MILF expressed its concern on the fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) it submitted to the Office of the President (OP) last April 22, 2014 or one month and eight days had passed as of press time.
“But sure enough, the dose of medicine contained in the BBL, as crafted by the BTC, will not please everybody’s taste. This includes people whose vocation and forte is to see only the legal side of the document or argument. In such an eventuality, the long haul ahead can be predicted”, the MILF said further.
“On the side of the BTC, it has never doubted that this engagement with the OP is forthcoming, because there is no other way to handle it. With heart and soul, the BTC commissioners have poured it all in crafting this historic document. All of the 15 commissioners, except one, signed the BBL”, said the MILF.
“For the MILF, there will be no open engagement vis-à-vis BBL, except perhaps by those connected with the peace negotiation. But surely, it will monitor the movement of the document very closely. Any slip in the handling can spell a great difference. This can only be averted through strong partnership with government”, the MILF continued saying.
It reminded that, “The proposed BBL is supposed to be the start of the work to legislate a political agreement contained in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
This is the reason that most of the provisions of the BBL were copy pasted from signed documents; others were culled from recommendations from civil society organizations (CSOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs), peace workers and individuals; and the rest to flesh out gray areas in the CAB but taking account its spirit. For instance, the CAB merely speaks of a ministerial form of government, but it did not spell out a mechanism whereby in times of no confidence vote of the chief minister whose authority is to call for fresh election. In all or most states of the parliamentary type, including not full states such as Sabah, Sarawak, and Penang in Malaysia, such power rests with the symbolic head of the government, which they referred to as “governor”.
With time moving so fast, the Moro Front wishes that, “All parties must tighten their belt to ensure the smooth-sailing of the BBL. For sure, we do not have the benefit of so much time at our disposal”.