Monsod, Iqbal: SC, not Congress, should decide on BBL unconstitutionality
June 8, 2015
MANILA – Both former elections commissioner Christian Monsod and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said they want the Supreme Court (SC) to be the one to decide on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
IN 1913, Manila under the American colonial government opened the very heart of what is now being contended as Bangsamoro land. Six agricultural colonies were opened in Cotabato, the first one being Pikit (now part of North Cotabato).
OPINION | Peace, development and the BBL: The Lumad view
Timuay Alim Bandara is a member of Minted sa Inged (Supreme Council) of the Timuay Justice and Governance (TJG). He is also the head petitioner in the Teduray and Lambangian Unified Ancestral Domains Claim.
THERE is a gang rape ongoing. It is led by Speaker Sonny Belmonte and his gang of rapacious congressmen. It is to be joined by like-spirited senators. It is not a simple rape. It is multiple rape, violent and vicious. The victim: the Constitution.
We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka, Erumanen ne Menuvu, Erumanen ne Menuvu Kirinteken,Aeta-Abellen, Dumagat, Pala’wan, Subanen, Subanon, Ilongot, Manobo Matigsalog, Egongot (Ilongot) Bugkalot, Bukidnon, Manubo Blit, Teduray, Tagbanwa, Tasaday, Lambangi-an, Ybanag, Remontado, Aeta, Ayta, at T’boli-Ubo, together in solidarity with our friends, allies and partners have gathered here in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City from 23 to 25 July 2014, to convey the true state of the indigenous peoples in Philippines.