Senate not going to race vs time on BBL— Marcos PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 May 2015 17:47

By VIC LARATO

The Philippine Senate may not be able to get right on schedule the passage of its own version of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL before both Houses of Congress go on recess next month,  but it will make sure to get the right BBL that is beyond any constitutional infirmities.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” E.  Marcos Jr. made the statement here yesterday when he presided over the Senate public hearing on BBL conducted jointly by the Committee on Local Government, which he chairs, the Committee on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, and the Committee on Constitutional Amendments.

“Our priority is not to get BBL passed right on schedule, but to get BBL right by addressing all issues concerning its legality, constitutionality and enforceability,” Sen. Marcos said, stressing that his committee has been going around Mindanao for series of public hearings on BBL precisely to hear and listen to voices and sentiments of the people of Mindanao.

For his part, Senator Allan Peter Cayetano, who joined the public hearing, pointed out his position not against the proposed BBL itself but against its provisions that do not conform to the Philippine Constitution.

He cited for instance the right to self-determination, national security and equity as among the issues he wanted clarified before passing the BBL.

Both Marcos and Cayetano claimed that because of their rigorous scrutiny of the BBL they have been unfairly, wrongly and unjustly accused of being anti-BBL and anti-Muslim.

“But we are not (that). I am not against BBL neither am I anti-Muslim, because if I were then I would not have to conduct these public hearings. I could just have ignored it,” Sen. Marcos explained.

“Precisely our objective and priority here in public hearings this one is to make sure that we pass and have a BBL that is right, a BBL that will lead to achieving lasting peace in Mindanao, an a BBL that will be able to realize the dreams and aspirations of the people of Mindanao,” Marcos added.— VIc Larato