BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, listens to Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Central Committee chair, during Monday’s (May 18, 2015) hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Alonto said they stand together with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.(MNS photo)

BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, listens to Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Central Committee chair, during Monday’s (May 18, 2015) hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Alonto said they stand together with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) central committee on Monday asked for the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

In an address at the Senate public hearing on the BBL, MNLF central committee chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto said they stand with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in calling on the legislature to pass the controversial bill.

“We stand together with the MILF for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law,” Alonto said, pointing out that the said piece of legislation “goes beyond personalities and politics.”

“The people of Mindanao no longer want war… The BBL must be passed and implemented as a model for the country,” he added.

In an impassioned part of his speech, Alonto said further: “Carpe diem! Do it now! Pass the BBL while the veterans of [the] Mindanao war are still around to help.”

According to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., representatives from the MNLF were invited to the hearing as their group has been “at the forefront from the beginning.”

Earlier, he said the BBL posed a problem to the implementation of the government’s peace agreement with the said group.

“Wala sa BBL ‘yan, hindi problema sa loob ng BBL ‘yan, pero sa konsepto ng framework agreement, kaya ‘yung mga prinsipyo, ‘yung mga assumptions na ginawa nila para isulat ‘yung BBL, kailangan rin nating pag-aralan, kung ano ‘yung relasyon ng iba’t ibang agreement, paano sila kasapi ng peace movement,” Marcos said. (MNS)