Senate BBL hearing won’t resume without Moro rebel Mamasapano report

Senate Committee on Local Government will only resume hearing the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law if a copy of Moro Islamic Liberation Front Mamasapano January 25 incident report is submitted, the committee’s chair Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said.

He said “I have just scheduled a hearing for April 13 to specifically look at the ceasefire mechanisms in case of encounter like the Mamasapano.” It took 11 hours from the time that the MILF commanders were first informed that they are engaged with government force until ceasefire took effect.

“But to proceed on that hearing, on that subject (BBL), I really need to see the MILF report, which they mysteriously sent to Malaysia instead of the Philippines, hanggang ngayon hindi ko maintindihan,” the senator said.

Senator Marcos is writing to OPAP, DOJ, MILF, monitoring team, and the Malaysian team asking for a copy of MILF’s report. He added that there is no point in continuing BBL hearing without knowing what happened to MILF’s side. “We cannot find out what went wrong without the report of MILF.”