Makati Mayor Binay Frowns Bangsamoro

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay described as "bad precedent" the scuttled Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (JBE) agreement between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that would eventually expand the territory of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) apparently in exchange for an end of insurgency.

Binay, who was touted to throw his hat in the top position of the country, made his presence felt in the province for three days of roaming around and meeting local officials and his brothers in the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.

A Boholano couple (names withheld) who are in Iligan City where they based their business also expressed fears that the city might end up shrank in its territorial scope because some of its barangays are included in the proposed JBE. They said that the people of Iligan were caught flat footed since there was no consultation made by the JBE proponents. The same concern being felt in the southern parts of Mindanao.

The scheduled signing of the JBE Memorandum of Agreement last week was spoiled after the Supreme Court issued a restraining order against the signing. SC was acting on a petition filed by North Cotabato Vice-Gov. Emmanuel PiƱol.

Binay minced no words that JBE is an apparent attempt to carve out a "state within a state" during the press conference at Miravilla Resort in this city just about two hours prior to his flight back to Makati last Friday.

He said that the proponents of the JBE did not even bother to consult the people affected in areas where MILF by way of the JBE is to govern.

He said that JBE would eventually have their own security force and even can have power in foreign affairs.

He cited Iligan City as one of the areas affected that its officials are up in arms against the proposed creation of JBE.

Binay met with provincial officials and paid a courtesy call to Vice-Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera and was the guest of the meeting of the Bohol chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He signed a sisterhood venture between Makati city and Loay town represented by Mayor Rosemarie Imboy and had river sruising in Loboc where he was welcomed by Mayor Leon Calipusan.

He also went to as far as Garcia-Hernandez to visit the Basic Training of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and Getafe town in the north and Danao town led by Mayor Louie Thomas Gonzaga for another two sisterhood signings between Makati and Getafe and Danao.