BBL draft on its way to Congress: Dureza

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 01 2017 08:54 PM

MANILA- The draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is "on its way" to Congress, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said Tuesday.

Dureza said, once the bill is turned over to Congress, it will be up to the legislative body to review and decide on the provisions of the bill.

"As the President made it very clear when he met with the MILF leadership in Malacañang, he will even certify it as an urgent bill so everything will be in the hands of Congress," he said on ANC's "Beyond Politics."

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, led by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), submitted its proposed BBL to President Rodrigo Duterte, just a week before the chief executive's second State of the Nation Address on July 24. 

Dureza said the certification of the bill as urgent is already "forthcoming," but admitted that he is unaware as to why it has not yet been submitted to Congress.

The BBL is the enabling measure of the peace compact signed by the Philippine government and the MILF in 2014. 

The government is implementing a peace deal with both the MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The faction of the MNLF, led by former Sulu governor and representative Yusoph Jikiri, is supportive of the BBL. 

Dureza added that the BBL is part of President Rodrigo Duterte's road map to federalism, a promise he made during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Last June, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Ghazali Jaafar described the new draft of the BBL as "truly democratic," saying it is reflective of the interest of the people, not only of the Bangsamoros but also of the indigenous people, Christians and other stakeholders.