Friday, August 22, 2014

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to Office of the President August 22, 2014

From the Website of the President

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to Office of the President August 22, 2014
The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has been submitted to the Office of the President, a Malacañang official has said.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita ‘Ging’ Deles is scheduled to issue a statement on the matter on Friday.

“Draft BBL submitted. Let’s wait for Sec. Ging’s statement,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte told Palace reporters in a text message on Thursday, amid online reports that have surfaced regarding the development.

In a separate text message, however, Deles refused to give further details, saying, “The process is on track. Will issue update tomorrow.”

The draft BBL was supposed to have been submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III’s office last Monday but it did not push through, due to the “need to incorporate all agreements reached into the final draft, as well as fine-tune the entire draft to ensure that all articles will be consistent with each other,” according to Deles.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. and Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman Mohagher Iqbal, in a joint statement issued last August 15, said they “have concluded discussions on the various issues” on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Iqbal’s meeting with Ochoa came after a series of meetings between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels to resolve sticky issues on the draft BBL before it is submitted to Congress.

Deles has assured that the timeline for the submission of the draft BBL to Congress within the month of August remains “on track”.

She also stated that the “passage of the BBL remains on top of the President’s legislative agenda” and “the leadership of both Houses of Congress have indicated that they are prepared to work overtime to ensure the timely passage of the law”.

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