Palace hoping for the best on Bangsamoro

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 06 2014 04:29 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2014 12:29 AM

MANILA - Malacañang remains optimistic that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will get congressional approval, as envisioned in the timeline set by the panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

Senate President Franklin Drilon's is apprehensive the law may not get passed by December this year.

Drilon had cited the delay in the submission of the Palace of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress.

Panels of the GPH and MILF are meeting in Davao City to thresh out details on the draft that was submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

Lacierda said, other than what are issued in press releases and media reports on the meetings, they are not privy to the details being discussed by the two panels.

According to Drilon, if they don't make it by December, they will try to have the law approved by first quarter of 2015.

Lacierda assured that both panels are aware of the timeline.

"Certainly, we would hope that we can expedite the process, but we realize has not yet been submitted to Congress. And so, we...they are being realistic, for instance, on the timetable. But, again, everyone is conscious of the fact that this is an important measure from government, and therefore, this should be attended to as soon as it is submitted to Congress for deliberation," said Lacierda.