Friday, January 31, 2014

Palace: Bangsamoro basic law may be certified urgent January 28, 2014

From the Website of the President

Palace: Bangsamoro basic law may be certified urgent January 28, 2014
A prospective basic law on the Bangsamoro political entity may be certified urgent as it is a priority program of the administration, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said they are hoping to have the political entity in place and its officials elected by 2016.

“Lahat ng indikasyon patungo diyan, dahil nga ito ay isang priority program ng ating administrasyon (The indications point to the bill being certified as urgent, because it is a priority program of our administration),” he said when asked if the Palace will certify the bill as urgent.

Following the signing last weekend of the annex on normalization, peace negotiators of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front are now working on a comprehensive peace agreement that would end the MILF’s rebellion.

Under Article VI, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution, no bill passed by either house of Congress shall become a law unless it has passed three readings on separate days, “except when the President certifies to the necessity of its immediate enactment to meet a public calamity or emergency.”

In the meantime, Coloma said the Palace is hoping lawmakers will be one with it in working to bring peace to Mindanao soonest.

“Umaasa tayo na pag-aaralan nila ang merito ng Bangsamoro Basic Law, at tutuparin nila ang tungkulin na kanilang sinumpaan na gagawin nila ang kanilang responsibilidad sa abot ng kanilang makakaya, at naaayon sa kapakanan ng pinakamalawak na sektor ng mga mamamayang Pilipino (We hope lawmakers study the merits of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law, and fulfill their sworn duty to serve the people),” he said.

He also expressed hopes the lawmakers will see the merits of the bill and use it as basis to decide on it.

“Umaasa tayo na pagkatapos ng talakayan, pagkatapos ng mga debate, lilitaw naman ‘yung katwiran at ‘yung pagiging tama ng mga probisyon sa ipapanukalang Bangsamoro Basic Law, at ito ang magiging batayan ng ating mga mambabatas sa kanilang pagpapasya (We hope that after the discussions, they will decide on the merits of the proposed measure),” he said.

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