The Philippine Constitution Association (PhilConsa), through counsels Rodolfo O. Reyes and Manuel M. Lazaro, is urging the Supreme Court to declare the Bangsamoro Organic Law (R.A. No. 11054) as unconstitutional and void. PhilConsa has filed a petition before the High Court, which was received on Dec. 11.
“Unless a TRO or preliminary injunction is issued, petitioner and the Filipino people will continue to suffer from a grave and irreparable damage or injury inclusive of the adverse aftermaths to the nation, warned by the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) to happen, should the government fail to succumb to the politically irresistible aspirations of the MILF,” the petition said.
The suit’s claims are that enacting the amendatory law, which would effectively rename the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and include additional territories in the entity, would be against current laws and not in accordance with the Constitution.
Earlier this year, a petition was filed by Sulu provincial governor Abdusakur Tan II to nullify the BOL again on the basis of its Constitutionality. According to Tan, the BOL violates Section 18 and 19 or Article 10 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which authorized the enactment of only one Organic Act to establish the ARMM.
BARMM would seek the inclusion of 39 barangays in North Cotabato, six towns in Lanao del Norte, as well s the cities of Isabela, Basilan and Cotabato in addition to thhe existing territories under ARMM. A further number of barangays and towns adjacent to the identified territories have requested inclusion in the coming plebiscite for the BOL.