Rep. Dalipe says Bangsamoro Basic Law is unconstitutional PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 June 2018 14:10

By JEMUEL MOJICA

District II Congressman Mannix Dalipe yesterday explained that he voted against the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) because he strongly believes that it runs contrary to the Philippine Constitution that created the Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Dalipe said, the very existence of the ARMM is stipulated in the 1987 Constitution and the BBL seeks to abolish the ARMM.

“Can we abolish the ARMM by mere legislation? My stand is that there has to be Constitutional amendment first to replace the ARMM with another entity like the BBL. Hence, the BBL is unconstitutional,” Dalipe said in an interview with Zamboanga Times.

The congressman said that this is the very reason why he voted no in the plenary on the passage of the BBL on Wednesday in the House of Representatives.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved the passage of the BBL during their respective sessions on Wednesday.

It was certified as an urgent legislative measure by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

The President is expected to sign the BBL into law before his State of the Nation Address next month.

Dalipe said that although he fully supports the peace process of the national government with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), he cannot just support the BBL since it clearly contravenes the constitution.

“We support all the peace initiatives of President Rodrigo Duterte. But personally I could not support the BBL because it is not within the framework of the constitution,” Dalipe pointed out. (Jemuel E. Mojica)