Security execs, lawmakers support creation of Bangsamoro Police
“The PNP strongly supports the legislative proposal of House Bill 4994 (for the creation of the Bangsamoro) which is the instrument of peace in the (future) Bangsamoro region,” said Police Director Edgardo C. Ingking during the fifth hearing on the proposed law, held by the Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL led by Cagayan de Oro second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez. He said that Article XI section 2 of the Bangsamoro bill which states that the Bangsamoro Police “shall be part of the PNP” satisfies the constitutional provision that there is only one PNP.
The “BBL is in accordance with the Philippine Constitution and it upholds the territorial integrity and national sovereignty” of the country, Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Lorenzo Batino said. According to him, the DND is supportive of the passage of the BBL “as a manifestation of government’s commitment for peace and development in Mindanao.”
National Security Council (NSC) Deputy Director General Zenonida Brosas said that NSC fully supports the Bangsamoro Bill because of its “positive national implications.” According to her, passing the BBL will pave the way for settling the internal conflict in the south which will enable the national government “to focus on the protection of our external territorial integrity and maritime domain which is now being threatened.” Brosas said that the realization of the Bangsamoro is expected to curb the spread of extremism in Mindanao.
“The Bangsamoro Government would help moderate radicalism, being promoted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and urge the Muslim communities away from ISIS influence," Brosas said, adding that passing the BBL will “provide a better chance for political and economic reforms in Mindanao as well as improve the security and development of the area.”
Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) Undersecretary Peter Irving Corbera and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff Angelito M. De Leon also echoed the firm support to the passage of the BBL.
On his part, Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon, who chairs the House committee on National Defense and Security, said that he supports the creation of Bangsamoro Police, as it will not be separate from the PNP.
The BBL is the enabling law for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It shall be the organic act of a future autonomous region called Bangsamoro that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The establishment of Bangsamoro Police is part of the security component of the Normalization process, which is found in the CAB. Normalization is the process whereby communities can achieve their desired quality of life, which includes the pursuit of sustainable livelihood and political participation within a peaceful deliberative society.
Aside from the security component, other components of the normalization process include socio-economic program, transitional justice and reconciliation and confidence-building measures. Aside from policing, other aspects of the normalization process need not be legislated through the Bangsamoro bill as they can be implemented through executive action of the national government, and guided by relevant laws