“Those who have expressed reservations about supporting the enactment of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law may wish to consider the adverse consequences of not pursuing the peace process, such as a possible return to the old order characterized by warlordism, lawlessness, misuse of public funds and the near- total breakdown of governance,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said after at least two senators have fully withdrawn support from BBL.
Coloma said that legislators must “keep in mind the vital objective of attaining long-term peace, stability and progress in Mindanao.”
Presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles also appealed. “We understand the concerns of some senators that led to their decision to withdraw support from the Bangsamoro Basic Law. We would like to issue an appeal for our leaders in Congress and our people to continue supporting our work for peace.”