BBL to be passed before next president takes over

The Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on Peace Process (OPPAPP) is persistent to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before the upcoming election bares the next president.

OPPAPP chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said they are doing the best they can to elevate the BBL to the House of Representatives and Senate before this year’s session ends.

“Nandun pa rin yung pagpupursige that the process will happen and not pass this problem o the next administration. The idea is to be able to pass the law then ano pang timeline ang kailangan i-adjust, i-adjust natin ito,” she said.

(We are still determined that the process will happen and not pass this problem on the next administration. The idea is to be able to pass the law. We will adjust the timeline whenever necessary.)

The Senate session is set to end to December 16, 2015.

She said the BBL is still in the interpolation process of the Senate. The delay of its passage is caused by the postponement of the process due to the lack of quorum of the Senators.

“It is very clear that we don’t have much time but definitely, there’s still time. Ang mahalaga, kahit hindi pa yan umabot sa bicameral conference this year basta maitawid na yan sa plenary ng House and Senate,” she said.

(The important thing is for the law to get across the House and Senate plenary even if it will not yet reach the bicameral conference this year.)

She said the progress of the law would be faster if it reaches the plenary because it no longer needs the presence of the majority of representatives and senators for the discussion to push through.

Meanwhile, she also clarified that the capture of a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) member Abdul Manap Mentang will not hinder the passage of BBL.

Abdul Manap Mentang is one of the suspects during the bombing in the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) on February 14, 2005 as well as the bombing incidents in Sasa Port and Davao Airport.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: BBL to be passed before next president takes over, November 16, 2015

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