Spoilers in the guise of helpers

  • Saturday, Mar 08 2014
  • Written by  Editorial Desk

:: March 8-15, 2014 :: All sorts of people from genuine friends of the peace process to outright spoilers are what peace builders have to grapple with as they struggle to conclude the negotiations. 

Sometimes spoilers are dressed in “sheepskin” and pretend to be allies only to expose their real color later after they have already sown virus in the peace efforts. Even the best of allies can also create problem in how they frame their ideas, especially if they insist on them.
 
But just the same, peace builders have to engage them constructively and strive to win them over or at least neutralize them. There is no other option.
 
Peace builders have also to understand that before they find the correct idea or unanimity of views, they have to look first for the proverbial needle in the stack of hay. In short, one has to be patient, understanding, and, above all, knows how to manage his or her emotion.
 
This difficulty is also experienced by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in its main task of crafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). In spite of the fact that the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) including the four annexes on power-sharing, wealth-sharing, normalization, transitional arrangement and modalities, and the Addendum on Bangsamoro Waters (all will be signed into one document called Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)) is the limit of what should be in the BBL, there are still people who cannot toe this line or refuse to understand. Sometimes, they insist on their views.
 
More seriously, there are those who pretend to help but their real agenda is how to promote their rigid ideological line that tend to create trouble rather than harmony, as well as those who ride on the issues, say, of women and indigenous peoples in order to secure the millions of grants from foreign donors and institutions. 
 
The BTC welcomes all ideas especially those relevant and useful ones, but with the full understanding that only those that are within the purview of the above-stated documents will find space in the BBL. Even then the BBL cannot be expected to be loaded with all those details that are supposed to be handled by the Bangsamoro parliament during the regular Bangsamoro government.  Otherwise, this parliament is left with no work to do at all.
 
As previously stated, a good constitution, basic law or organic act, aside from being well-written, must be comprehensive, partly rigid and partly flexible, and suitability. And without saying, it should provide for a bill of rights for the people.
 

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