“I condemn the unfortunate and unwarranted encounter between the members of our Philippine National Police and the Muslim rebels. I sympathize with the victims and their families,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said in a statement to press. “We denounce to the strongest terms any act that poses a grave risk of thwarting every success we have made so far in the peace process.”
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano a co-author of Bangsamoro Basic Law withdraw his authorship. “I’m withdrawing my co-authorship of the BBL and I seriously doubt kung mabubuhay pa itong peace agreement.”
“I’m disgusted about what’s happening and I really doubt na mapapasa ito dahil sa nangyari,” Cayetano adds.
Senator Bongbong Marcos, chair of the lead Senate committee tackling the said law, suspends indefinitely hearings in connection with the passing of BBL. “We cannot, in conscience, proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the south. A peace agreement cannot be legislated under the threat of such extreme violence. Violence has no room in a civilized society.”