HOUSE BILL NO. 4994: THE PROPOSED BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW.

BASIC NOTES

ON THE PREAMBLE:

WHO ARE  SPEAKING IN THIS PREAMBLE?

THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE AND OTHER INHABITANTS OF THE BANGSAMORO. THE OPENING STATEMENT READS: “WE, THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE AND OTHER INHABITANTS OF THE BANSAMORO”.

WHAT COULD BE THE LOGICAL IMPRESSION UPON READING THE CLAUSE “WE, THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE AND OTHER INHABITANTS OF THE BANGSAMORO”?

IT IS AS IF THIS LAW IS A CONSTITUTION OF THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE JUST PRESENTED TO CONGRESS FOR APPROVAL.

WHAT IS THE CONSEQUENCE OF THIS IMPRESSION?

IF SO, LOGICALLY THE LAW MUST BE APPROVED FIRST BY THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE AND OTHER INHABITANTS OF THE BANGSAMORO. OTHERWISE THEY CANNOT HONESLTY SAY “WE, THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE. . . .”

SECOND, CONGRESS CANNOT IMPOSE THEIR TERMS ON THIS DOCUMENT OTHERWISE, IT IS NO LONGER A DOCUMENT BY THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE AND THE OTHER INHABITANTS OF THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE. IT WILL APPEAR THAT THE ROLE OF CONGRESS WILL JUST BE EITHER TO APPROVE THIS DOCUMENT OR TO DISAPPROVE IT.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION TO AVOID THIS IMPRESSION?

THE BASIC LAW SHOULD READ LIKE OTHER LAWS. IT SHOULD START WITH “WHEREAS CLAUSES”. FIRST WHEREAS CLAUSE MIGHT READ:

“WHEREAS, the Bangsamoro people aspires to establish an enduring peace on the basis of justice in their communities and a justly balanced society. . . . .”

TO BE CONTINTUED.

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