Celso: BBL must be just, fair, within constitution PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:01

District 1 Representative Celso Lobregat the other day said the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, if ever it will be approved, must be just, fair, within the constitution and national laws.

While BBL discussions in Congress have been stalled in view of ongoing investigations related to the Mamasapano incident, Malacañang seems to be bent on having it passed.

Lobregat said he is hopeful that the BBL can pass within the term of President Aquino but with the needed amendments.

The congressman from District 1 has been very vocal about what he termed as ambiguities in the proposed law and has been actively participating in the initial crucial executive sessions of the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL where the proposal is deliberated on a line-by-line basis.

The Mamasapano incident where 44 members of the PNP-Special Action Force were slain by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

The House Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL has suspended executive sessisons pending receipt of the reports of the Congressional Committees on Public Order and Safety and Peace and Reconciliation on hearings relative to the Mamasapano incident.

On the other hand, the two Congressional committees have suspended hearings on the on the Mamasapano encounter pending receipt of the report of the Board of Inquiry which has committed to finish report by February 26.

Once the BOI report is finished and presented to the 2 congressional committees, the same will be sent to the House Ad Hoc committee.

Lobregat said the proposed BBL, which is regarded by the Aquino administration as the tool to end the decades old conflict in Mindanao, must and should be within the constitution and within the bounds of law so that it will not meet the same fate as the MOA-AD in 2008.

“I believe that BBL can still pass within the term of President Aquino but with the needed amendments,” Lobregat added. — Jubels Santos