Cayetano downplays threats of war if Bangsamoro Law is not passed

February 23, 2015 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

URDANETA CITY — Senator Alan Cayetano downplayed the threat of war if the Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed, saying the national government knows to how to contain the MILF if its members choose the bullet over ballot. dash
“Remember, an all out war is not the only option. Hindi naman suguran ang usapan, but on how to have a peace agreement from the position of the government. Anyway, (the government) knows who the members are and where they are,” Cayetano told reporters on Friday.
Cayetano, who has withdrawn his support to the BBL in its original form, was here for a forum with the students of the Pangasinan State University on his scholarship program.
“Why are we allowing them to get stronger every day while they are professing to support the peace talks? Nobody is proposing war, but while they are supposedly supporting the peace talks, they are strengthening themselves,” he said.
“Peace process should always be balance for national security. You enter into peace agreement so there will be no fighting. But if the peace process that you pass would make the other party more powerful, what will happen? What if they take over the entire Mindanao?” he said.
Cayetano added that there was a need to solve the Mamasapano case first before the government passes the BBL.
“Imagine, even if there was a $6 million price to catch Marwan, they did not surrender him. What is the assurance that they will do not it again if BBL is passed? There are still plenty of sub issues that need to be resolved. We have to see that they are sincere in the peace process,” he said.
Cayetanao added that in its is present form, the BBL would be empowered as it would have a police force of 4,000 to 8,000 under the control of their chief and not the Philippine National Police.
“What if their place becomes a haven of terrorism or criminal syndicate? You cannot do away with the issue of national security,” he said.
Another issue he raised against the BBL is that all the natural resources of the area would be under the BBL’s control.
“They will become rich but what about the rest of Mindanao? We should go for balance,” Cayetano said.
The senator mentioned his three requirements for the BBL to be passed into law: Revise it to be more equitable and inclusive, there should also be agreements in other parts of Mindanao, and the MILF should show its sincerity by burning its factories of arms and ammunitions.

“If they keep of manufacturing arms and bullets, they are not preparing for peace, but for war,” he said.

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