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He said that congress should continue deliberating on the proposed law despite the ongoing investigations of the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 members of the PNP-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and 18 combatants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), including several civilians.
Cardinal Quevedo is not alone in calling for the passage of the BBL. Recently twelve (12) Muslim solons urged their colleagues in the House of Representatives not to let the incident affect the enactment of the Bangsamoro Law. The Embassies of Turkey, Switzerland also stressed the importance of continuing the deliberations of the BBL and its immediate passage so that peace can be finally achieved in war-thorn Mindanao.
The Mindanao Business Council, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), non-government organizations and civil society groups expressed support to the resumption of the peace process and enactment of the proposed law saying the unfortunate incident in Mamasapano should not be a hindrance at finding lasting peace in Mindanao. The CBCP said that the Mamasapano incident “should not end the peace process”.
“The future is represented by the BBL. If it falls by the wayside, the future is unthinkable. Where else can we go without its promise of a just and lasting peace? Where else do we go after many, many years of discussion”?, Cardinal Quevedo asked.
The BBL is a product of agreements between the GPH and MILF Peace Panels, crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission as mandated by Executive Order No. 120 signed by President Benigno Aquino III. Once passed by congress, signed by President Aquino and ratified by the people in the core territory, six municipalities in Lanao Del Norte and 39 villages in North Cotabato, the law shall entrench the new political entity Bangsamoro in 2016. Upon its ratification, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) shall take over the helm of governance of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) by mid-2015.