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PH Senate begins debate on BBL

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday said it may take six weeks before the Senate finishes discussions on the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) or Senate Bill 2894, which he has filed as a substitute measure to the Malacañang-proposed Bangsamoro Basic law, popularly known as BBL.

Marcos gives role to MNLF

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has given a key role to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Under Senate Bill (SB) 2894, a substitute bill to the Malacañang- proposed SB 2408 commonly known as BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law), the MNLF will be part of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), which shall be the interim government or governing body in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region during the transition period.
The MNLF had been totally left out in the ongoing peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF).
Section 196 of Article 15 (Transition Period) of SB 2894 provides that a representative of MNLF will be appointed by the President as a member of the BTA.
“The MNLF was not given any participation under the original BBL version, that’s why I included them in the BTA in my substitute bill. In fact, in the public hearings which I had conducted, I had invited them and all the other stakeholders because I consider them as partners in this endeavor of finally bringing peace to Mindanao,” Marcos said in a statement Tuesday.
The BTA will be composed of 60 members, which include all the incumbent members of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Legislative Assembly, and those who will be appointed by the President from the women sectors, settler communities, non-Moro inhabitants, other essential stakeholders, and MNLF.
The MILF, being the principal party to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, shall enjoy preference in the appointment to the BTA, both in its leadership and membership.
Last Monday, Marcos, as chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, filed SB 2894, shortly titled “Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region,” under Committee Report 200, which he described as all-inclusive because it contained applicable advocacies, positions, and proposals from all the stakeholders that he had called during the period of public hearings.
If enacted into law, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region will be established, replacing the present ARMM, which will be abolished.
Other stakeholders called by Marcos to the public hearings were the Sultanate of Sulu, Indigenous People, religious groups, youth groups, legal luminaries, labor and peasant groups, local government units, and other concerned organizations.
Marcos had conducted a total of 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.

PH sees passage of BBL draft law

THE Philippine government on Tuesday expressed its optimism on the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is aimed at bringing peace and development to Mindanao.
Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the signing of the committee report filed by Senate local government committee chairman Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., is a good indication that the senators are ready to deliberate on the draft bill.
“The joint committee report was signed by 17 senators and most of them have shown that BBL should be discussed at the plenary,” Secretary Coloma said during a press briefing at the Palace.
The proposed measure will go to the Senate plenary on August 17.
Coloma also reiterated the Palace’s stand on the importance of the BBL, which is the embodiment of the peace talks and agreements between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“The position here is clear. There should be Bangsamoro Basic Law to advance the peace process and rgere are important provisions based on the agreement signed by the Philippine at MILF panels,” he explained.
Coloma said the Palace is also coordinating with Congress regarding the passage of the bill.

Philippine priority: Lasting peace

THE efforts for lasting and genuine peace in the Philippines with the end goal of achieving sustained and inclusive growth continue to top the agenda for the 3rd regular session, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. told reporters Monday.
“The Bangsamoro Basic Law is now on second reading and being fine-tuned to ensure greater inclusiveness and greater efficiency in practice,” Belmonte said, “We want to ensure a more meaningful autonomy while likewise paving the way towards a more effective provision of vital services to our people. We want a peace that is lasting and sustainable.”

‘BBL budget depends on its approval’

PHILIPPINE Senator Chiz Escudero said discussions on the spending package for the implementation of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be put on hold until the measure is passed into law.
“No one can act on this,” Escudero said, referring to the funding support that the national government plans to extend to the proposed Bangsamoro region.
Escudero, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, earlier disclosed that the planned Bangsamoro government stands to receive at least P70 billion in the first year of the BBL’s implementation.
He said the amount was just a ballpark figure and was on top of the revenue income the Bangsamoro government could generate should it begin imposing taxes and fees, and exploring natural resources.
The senator previously vowed to push for the line-item budgeting of the BBL funds to ensure transparency and accountability into the spending of government funds.
Based on the computation of the finance committee in the past, P25.2 billion of the P70 billion will come from the Annual Block Grant; P7 billion from the Special Development Fund; P1 billion from the Transition Fund; P12.6 billion from the National Government Subsidy; P19.9 billion from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA); P1.7 billion from the ARMM/Bangsamoro collections; and a one-time P2.6 billion Normalization Fund.

PH senator: SAF 44 should not foil BBL passage

THE Mamasapano tragedy that killed 44 elite policemen should not prevent passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and its ratification by the people, said Philippine Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Local Government.
However, any version of BBL that Congress would pass must be “in the context of, and within the framework of our constitutional democracy,” Marcos said Monday in his prepared speech for a symposium on BBL at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).
Suffering from ill effects of food poisoning, Marcos was not able to attend the symposium entitled “BBL: Reflections After the Mamasapano Incident”, and instead sent his eldest son Ferdinand Alexander, to read the speech.

Substitute BBL to ensure energy security

THE substitute Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would help ensure energy security in Mindanao and the entire country, Philippine Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. said on Monday.
In his speech at the celebration of Pagadian City’s 46th anniversary as a chartered city, Marcos said the rotating brownouts occurring in Mindanao not only make life difficult for the people but also hinder progress and development in the area.
“I am doing my part as a legislator to help solve this serious problem,” Marcos said.

PH senator to MILF: Come clean on weapons

PHILIPPINE Senator Chiz Escudero on Monday called on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to come clean on its reported weapons manufacturing facility that produces high-powered firearms and explosives.
Escudero said it would have been a more credible confidence-building measure had the MILF surrendered its weapons machinery instead of just a small portion of its firearms collection during the so-called “ceremonial decommissioning” of MILF weapons and combatants last week.

PH senator to craft a substitute BBL

“THE Senate Committee on Local Government will craft a substitute Bangsamoro Basic Law that adheres to the original intent of the peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front,” Philippine Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., chairman of the said committee, issued this statement on Tuesday during a TV interview.

PH lawmaker insists: Exclude us from BBL!

WHILE the embattled Bangsamoro entity is being sought under the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is being opposed by some lawmakers in both houses of Congress, a Philippine representative has called for the exclusion of Palawan province and the City of Puerto Princesa from its coverage.
“The people of Palawan vehemently oppose the inclusion of the Province of Palawan and the City of Puerto Princesa in the Bangsamoro Entity,” Rep. Frederick Abueg, author of House Resolution 2130, on Thursday stressed.