Marcos: Transparency needed in tackling BBL PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 May 2015 17:26

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. yesterday emphasized the importance of transparency in the passing of the  on Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Marcos, who is chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Local Government presided a public hearing regarding the proposed Senate bill on the Bangsamoro Basic Law that was held jointly with the Committee on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation at the Astoria’s Royce Convention Center.   The senator from Ilocos Norte told those who attended the hearing that the people should be properly consulted about the proposed bill  so that it will not prejudice their will.

“Transparency is very important for the people to know about the porposed bill.

He said the passing of the bill must prioritized by right way and not on the time frame to finish as what the Palace dictates.

“We will conduct more amendments and thorough examinations and it will continue so that it will not contradict the Constitution. We are not a stamp pad for others,” Marcos said

Mayor Beng Climacotogether with City Council members read a manifesto asking the people of Autonomous Region in Muslim  Mindanao (ARMM) and the proponents of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to respect the will of majority of the people of Zamboanga City because they voted twice against inclusion in said territory.

“Together, forever or in the future Zamboanga City  do not like ARMM or be part of BBL,” Climaco said.

Senator Allan Peter Cayetano told the people in the hearing that the BBL “is not for democracy.”

“It will only serve the MILF interest and will only serve one Moro tribe,” he said.

Cayetano, who visited Sulu on Wednesday disclosed that people in Tawi- Tawi and Sulu do not favor the BBL because it will serve one Moro tribe

District 1 Rep.Celso Lobregat said he continually studies the BBL because it is complicated and is in contradiction with the Constitution..

Pedro Rufo N. Soliven, regional governor of the Western Mindanao Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry told the Committee that the BBL is very complicated.

Soliven said the BBL will affect the sardines industry in  Zamboanga City and Dipolog City.

Marcos told newsmen that Senate is thoroughly studying amendments and gathering information  received by Senate most especially on the information that BBL is allegedly a brainchild of Malaysia so that the Philippine government’s claim on Sabah cannot already be pursued.

With Marcos are Sen. Cayetano, Rep. Antonio Lagdameo of Davao del Norte. Rep. Celso Lobregat, Mayor Climaco, and District 2 Rep. Lilia M. Nuño. —  Allen Abastillas