Drilon: Enough time to create Bangsamoro entity

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2014 05:57 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2014 01:57 AM

MANILA - Senate President Franklin Drilon said there is enough time for the creation of the Bangsamoro before President Aquino steps down despite delays in the submission of the draft of the basic law.
"From what I understand, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process will submit to us the proposed measure sa buwan ng Agosto. Ngayon, hindi ko pa alam kung ano ang itsura nitong basic law. Ang importante is that we will see to it that the basic law will reflect the agreements of the comprehensive agreement,” he said.

The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is one of 20 priority measures that Malacanang submitted to Congress. This is contrary to reports that 26 measures are on the list.

"We will exert every effort to pass it within the time frame that we have imposed upon ourselves. Kung hindi, I think there is still time even if we are able to pass it on the first quarter of 2015 in order to provide enough period for the ratification of the basic law and the election of local officials in the election of May 2016," Drilon said.