Friday, August 22, 2014

Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to President Aquino

From the Website of MILF

Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to President Aquino

The draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has been submitted to President Benigno Aquino III at around 8:00 pm last night.
The submission had beaten the workflow timeline set by the government and MILF officials during their meeting in Davao City last August 15 that a revised draft of the BBL would be submitted to the President on August 20.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., in the presence of Atty. Alfredo Benjamin Caguiao, Aquino’s chief legal counsel, and Atty. Mike Musngi, assistant executive secretary, received the document, signed by Mohagher Iqbal, as chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

As per agreement of the parties, after the review of the President, they will meet again to finally put in place the final text of the BBL which the President would certify as urgent bill to Congress.

The two parties are also in the same level of understanding that an “agreed version” of the BBL is the only way that would strengthen their partnership in jointly pushing for the early passage of the bill in Congress.

In the cover letter of the document addressed to Secretary Ochoa, Mohagher Iqbal, signing as BTC Chairman, said: “We are respectfully submitting the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) … and we are ready to adhere to our understanding to work on the final text of the proposed BBL after its review by the President.”

A reliable source told Luwaran that President Aquino would start his review of the BBL today, which is the death anniversary of his father, the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr, more three decades ago on August 21, 1986.  To this day, his father remains a “shining example” of heroism in the face of death.

Aquino’s assassination triggered public outrage, which eventually led to the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution that led to the ouster of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and swept Aquino’s widow, Corazon, to power.

Twenty-four years later, the couple’s only son, Benigno Aquino III, would be elected President of the Philippines.

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