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PH senator files substitute BBL bill

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, on Monday filed a committee report containing the substitute bill for the Malacañang-backed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Senate Bill 2894, under Committee Report 200, shortly titled “Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region,” is 100 pages containing 17 articles 215 sections.
Marcos’ bill is a substitute to Senate Bill 2408, which Malacañang submitted to the Senate and referred to his local government committee on September 15, 2014.
“In fulfillment of my promise and in compliance with our agreement during the (senators’) caucus last week, I filed today the substitute bill which I firmly believe will establish a strong mechanism for peace in Mindanao,” Marcos said in a statement.
Marcos is set to sponsor his bill on the Senate floor on Wednesday as he vowed to answer questions to be raised by his colleagues in the subsequent interpellation period.
Marcos described the bill as an all-inclusive measure since it carried the applicable advocacies, positions, and proposals of all the stakeholders.
Marcos completed 12 public hearings and one briefing, which started on September 23, 2014, plus two separate hearings conducted by the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. The last hearing was on June 9.
One hearing each was conducted in Cotabato City, Marawi City, Tawi-Tawi, Jolo, and Zamboanga City.
Aside from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government panel that negotiated peace with the MILF, Marcos also invited as resource persons representatives from different stakeholders like the Moro National Liberation Front, Sultanate of Sulu, indigenous people, religious groups, youth groups, legal luminaries, labor and peasant groups, local government units, and other concerned organizations.
“The number of hearings and resource persons speak for themselves. Contrary to the accusation that I was delaying the BBL, I, in fact, focused on it and we even worked during the recess (of the Senate). I’m confident that I will be vindicated by my proposed measure,” he said.
Marcos said the number of the hearings and the wide public participation in the process would prove the meticulous scrutiny of the BBL.
“My legislative staff and I really worked on it and we did everything we could in order to ensure that the substitute bill can and will stand constitutional challenges. Also, we put things we deemed necessary so that it will be accepted by the people and will lay the groundwork for peace in Mindanao,” he concluded.

PH Congress fails its target on BBL

THE Philippine government has said it hopes the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would be enacted when Congress reconvenes next month.
In a note issued on Tuesday, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the Congress leaders’ decision to continue working on the BBL beyond the current session, provides an opportunity to gain broader support for achieving long-term peace, stability and progress in Mindanao.
“Through continuing dialogue, differing viewpoints may be harmonized in crafting the law that, we hope, may be enacted shortly after Congress reconvenes in July,” Secretary Coloma said.

PH senator: What kind of animal is BBL?

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. grilled government chief negotiator, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, regarding the true nature and actual function of a fiscal body proposed to be created under the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
This developed on Tuesday during the public hearing of the Senate Committee on Local Government, chaired by Marcos, regarding the BBL, or Senate No. 2408, which was the last BBL hearing in the Senate.
Marcos tried by failed to elicit direct, concrete, and satisfactory answer from Ferrer, one of the resource persons in the public hearing, when asked about the functions and roles of the Intergovernmental Fiscal Policy Board (IGFPB), which is sought to be created under the BBL.

PH senator wants clear list of BBL tasks

PHILIPPINE Senator Ralph Recto wants a detailed “list of responsibilities and functions” to be undertaken by the Bangsamoro government once the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is approved.
In Tuesday’s hearing by the Senate committee on Local Government chaired by Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Recto said that to make the Bangsamoro government viable, there has to be accountabilities from those who would be running this proposed regional government and entrusted with billions of money coming from the Filipino people.
“If we intend to make it work, we want to know the responsibilities of the Bangsamoro government, for example on poverty reduction, health, education at infrastructure.” Recto said.

Philippine senator: BBL draft flaw-ridden!

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Local Government, on Monday said one option he is considering in crafting a substitute bill to the flaw-ridden draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is to simply amend the organic act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Earlier, Marcos said in a privilege speech that he could not support the draft BBL as its flaws could only lead the country to perdition. Marcos said he would prepare a substitute bill that addresses the concern not only of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front but also those of the other major stakeholders.

BBL to turn into private army?

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said he would ensure the Bangsamoro police that would be created under the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) won’t turn into anybody’s private army.
In Tuesday’s hearing of the committee on BBL, Marcos pointed out that concerns were raised on the provision of the draft BBL giving the Bangsamoro Chief Minister the power of “operational control and supervision” over the Bangsamoro police not granted to any other local government official.

BBL feared to affect Philippine business

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Friday said that not only were major stakeholders left out in the process leading to the drafting of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, but there was no serious study too on BBL’s impact on business and economy.
Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, aired this concern in his speech before the 5th General Meeting of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City.
The senator thanked the business group for inviting him to speak before them on BBL, as he noted that this “very serious concern and an inescapable tope of all BBL-related discussions” has yet to be tackled in the hearing of his committee.

PH president-senator televised meeting on BBL?

A TELEVISED meeting between Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Philippine President Aquino III to discuss the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would reassure the public that nothing improper is going on.
This developed Thursday after Marcos, chair of the Senate Local Government Committee which is scrutinizing the Malacañang-proposed BBL, said he is open to the idea of having the meeting between the President and the senators aired live on television.
Marcos has welcomed the announcement of the President of his willingness to meet with the senators to discuss the BBL in order to iron out the kinks in the proposed measure.

PH gov’t on BBL: Vote for peace

THE Philippine government on Tuesday reiterated its hope for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to make it to the next level, as members of the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee began to vote on the proposed legislation.
In a statement sent to reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said they are hoping that committee members would “vote for peace” to help Mindanao (Southern Philippines) achieve its much-needed progress and development.
“Today, the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee is expected to begin voting on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. We reiterate our hope that the committee members will vote for peace, through which we can bring progress and development to Mindanao and better the lives of our countrymen,” Secretary Lacierda said.

Will Filipino sentiment influence BBL?

THE Philippine government hopes that the public sentiment favoring a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Mindanao would influence Congress to pass the Bangasamoro Basic Law (BBL), a Palace official has said.
“The sentiment shared by the respondents in the recent SWS (Social Weather Stations) survey on the importance of forging ahead with the peace process reflects the deep commitment of the Aquino administration’s aspirations for a long-term solution to end the conflict in Mindanao,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. told reporters during Tuesday’s press briefing in Malacañang.