Friday, April 24, 2015

Bangsamoro law should stand legal challenges: Senator Chiz

From the Website of MILF

Bangsamoro law should stand legal challenges: Senator Chiz

Bangsamoro law should stand legal challenges: Senator Chiz

Senator Chiz Escudero has asked the Senate Committee on Local Government, for a meticulous review of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to make sure that the measure could withstand any legal challenge once it is passed.

In the Senate website, he said, "I look forward to engaging the advocates of the BBL, including OPPAP, the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), the Advisory Committee on the issues of constitutionality and unconstitutionality of some of the provisions. I don't think we should just sit on it and let it drag on."

Escudero said he already asked Senator Marcos who chairs the Committee on Local Government for the review and discussion of every provision of the BBL and that they can bring the stakeholders altogether.

Escudero said the contentious issues in the proposed legislation must be settled because getting the BBL passed at its present form is very unlikely.

The senator also wants a line-item budgeting for Bangsamoro government since the proposed Bangsamoro entity will receive P70 billion for its first fiscal year. Escudero chairs the Senate Committee on Finance.

He push for the amendment of the separate provisions creating the constitutional offices like the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Commission on Audit (CoA), the Office of the Ombudsman and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and lump those into a single provision.
At the House of Representative, Congressman Rodriguez pushes for deletion of the provisions of BBL that seek to create the CSC, CoA, Comelec and CSC for the reason that those are unconstitutional.
Escudero takes a stand that the Philippine Constitution does not allow creation of the equivalent of the said agencies.

He questions why there should be a need to put those in the BBL considering there are already existing regional offices of those agencies as the two peace panels reiterates.

He said, "The BBL is not written in stone. Everyone should be open to learning and relearning to ensure that the measure will be compliant with the Constitution.”

"No one has the monopoly of good intentions and intelligence for Mindanao, not the OPPAP nor the MILF. It is the job of the OPPAP to get the exact message across their counterparts in the MILF that they will not and cannot get everything they want. And even if they don't, there should be no reason why we cannot achieve peace that is constitutional, inclusive, legal, fair and just," Escudero said.

The BBL was drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission whose members were appointed by President Aquino. The measure seeks the creation a “more autonomous” political entity to be called Bangsamoro that will adopt a parliamentary form of government with 50 members.

Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the Bangsamoro law will have new features which aim to correct the weakness of the ARRM and that those features are game-changers.Aquino has described the ARMM as failed experiment.