SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
All three House committees tasked to finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) approved on Tuesday the joint committee report on the consolidated BBL measure.
The committee on local government, voting 32-3, the committee on Muslim affairs, voting 27-3, and the special committee on peace, unity and reconciliation, voting 27-3, approved the committee report which consolidated House Bill ( HB) 6475 with HBs 92, 6121 and 6263 authored by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo, respectively.
The consolidated bill provides for the BBL creation and the abolition of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), repealing for the purpose RA 9054, or the law strengthening and expanding the Organic Act for the ARMM, and RA 6734 or the law providing for an Organic Act for the ARMM.
The approval of the committee report was made on the basis of a motion raised by Quezon City Rep. Christopher Belmonte to pass it.
During the explanation of votes, Rep. Raul Daza said he voted in favor of the draft committee report with full faith and confidence that the process described by the assistant majority leader as stated in Section 52, will best serve the interest of democracy and the Filipino people.
Daza said he has not committed to any specific amendment as to how he will vote. “I shall look at every amendment during the process which accordingly, will be given full consideration during the caucus and during the plenary deliberation on the floor,” said Daza.
Rep. Celso Lobregat said he voted no for various reasons and issues such as education. “Are we going to allow education to be exclusively the domain of the Bangsamoro?” said Lobregat.
While he is for peace, Lobregat said he believes that what is needed is a Bangasamoro Basic Law that is just not only for the Bangsamoro but for every Filipino.
Rep. Romeo Acop voted no because of the provisions regarding the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the National Police Commission (NPC).
Acop said the provisions of Republic Act 6475 are basically the same as those in the previously proposed BBL. Being one of the chairmen in the ad hoc committee on the BBL, Acop said nothing has been changed.
Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo said what people want is long lasting peace, and not just in the short term.
“We have trust and confidence in the President. We hope and pray that he will be able to do something such that peace will last even after his term,” said Dimaporo. (E.A. Galvez)