Deles: Filipinos disagree on BBL due to misinformation, lack of info

“No doubt about it, the 44% also reflects the result of the serious misinformation which has been spread regarding the BBL,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles said commenting on the recent Pulse Asia survey. According to the survey, conducted from March 1 to 7, four of ten or 44 percent of Filipinos disagree with the passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law, 21 percent agree for BBL’s passage, while four of ten or 36 percent of Filipinos are yet to decide. The survey has 1,200 respondents nationwide.

“Knowing that many of them most likely lack information or are misinformed, then we still have a chance to significantly decrease that number with an IEC on BBL,” Secretary Deles said. She said an intensified information, education, and communications program will be conducted (IEC).

She said there is a widespread of “wrong information on the peace process, the negotiating panels, and of course on the BBL, so we already expected that there will be a higher number on those who will disagree.”

“I think that fear borne out of misinformation has something to do with it. Even before the Mamasapano incident, there were already rumors being spread around of prohibitions against certain practices of Christians, etc., that will be imposed, or that the take-over by the MILF of local government rule once the Bangsamoro is established. These are falsehoods that our people are working hard to correct,” the presidential peace process adviser said.

“I wonder how many of them have read the BBL,” she asks. Filipinos can find and read the proposed BBL in OPAPP’s website.