Solis: Present BBL draft poses serious “repercussions” Print
Monday, 28 May 2018 13:27

Lawyer Vicente “Vic” Solis has warned on serious repercussions if the present draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be passed by Congress.

In an interview over a local radio station, Atty. Solis urged the two Zamboanga Representatives, Celso Lobregat and Mannix Dalipe, to press for the recovery of the Cabatangan properties as part of the amendments to the draft BBL “so titles and control could eventually be vested on the city government.”

The final draft of the BBL provides that all land and real properties of the present ARMM shall be transferred to the Bangsamoro government, which include several parcels of land in Cabatangan.

He also urged both Congressmen to push for a clear and explicit definition of the term “contiguous areas”. in the BBL to remove the possibility of the entire city or some barangays being included as part of the Bangsamoro territory in five plebiscites authorized under the BBL in the next 25 years.

Meanwhile, Solis also recommended amendments on the provision authorizing the future holding of plebiscites in the areas of autonomy mentioned in the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement.

Zamboanga City is mentioned in both the Tripoli Agreement and the Final Peace Agreement and thus, it is possible that the city or some of its barangays could become part of the Bangsamoro territory in the future.

Atty. Vic Solis was formerly legal consultant to the late Zamboanga City Representative Maria Clara Lobregat when RA 6734, creating the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), was approved.

He was also legal adviser to former Zamboanga Representatives Erbie Fabian and Lilia Nuño.