Congress starts deliberations on BBL PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 17:21

By Dexter Yap

Three congressional committees start  deliberations for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law today.

The three congressional committees that will hold a joint hearing are the following:  Committees on Local Government headed by Rep Pedro Acharon Jr of Cotabato’s First District; Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity headed by Rep Ruby Sahali of Tawi Tawi and the Committee on Muslim Affairs headed by Rep. Mauyag Papandayan Jr of Lanao del Sur.

“Actually in the joint committee hearing, there will be a thorough deliberations about BBL, because there are some provisions which are still complicated and are allegedly against the constitution which needs to be addressed before its passage thru the senate,” Lobregat said.

Zamboanga Congressman Celso Lobregat said that  the presence of four bills on BBL will probably result to a long discussion on the issue.

One such bill was filed by Rep Bai Sema, another by Rep Pantaleon Alvarez forming the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, another version filed during the administration of then President Gloria Arroyo and the Dimaporo version.

“We will have the 1st meeting on December 5, 2017 and after that, what happens next has yet to be determined,” Lobregat said.

Congressman Lobregat said and made it clear that from the beginning the issue about ARMM and its expansion cropped-up, he pledged to the people to be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regard to the BBL. He is not opposing it, but it should be constitutional and just to those areas who doesn’t wanted to be into it.

“I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” Cong. Lobregat said.

Like in the previous Congress, Lobregat said, where he actively took part in the deliberations of the old BBL, he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected.

Cong. Lobregat is hopeful that there will be the necessary amendments, deletions or additions to the bill removing the unconstitutional, controversial and disadvantageous provisions as the deliberation in the plenary continues. – Dexter Yap