Palace: Iqbal's complaints about revised BBL 'premature'


Posted at Aug 16 2015 03:49 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2015 09:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma on Sunday said Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal's complaints about the revised version of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) released by Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. are premature.

Iqbal made his complaints after over 100 provisions were allegedly removed from the original version of the BBL, including the preamble that he compared to the removal of a person's "soul."

(READ: Iqbal rues removal of BBL's 'soul')

Coloma, however, said it will be prudent to wait until the BBL has been discussed in the plenary.

"Baka premature 'yung ganyang pahayag kasi 'di pa naman nauumpisahan 'yung pagtalakay [sa BBL] sa plenaryo," Coloma said.

"'Pag na-present na 'yan, maging sa Kamara man o sa Senado, may pagkakataon ang lahat ng mambabatas, mga kinatawan at mga senador na magpahayag ng kanilang saloobin, magpanukala ng amyenda," he added.

Coloma pointed out that the peace process under the Aquino administration has gained international recognition and support.

"Simula pa noong nakapagbuo ng Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro noong October 2012, hanggang sa nalagdaan yung Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro noong Marso 2014 ay patuloy na umaani ng suporta sa international community ang prosesong pangkapayapaan na itinataguyod ng administrasyong Aquino," Coloma said.

The Aquino administration continues to communicate with House leadership regarding the BBL, Coloma said, stressing that the BBL and the General Appropriations Act should be prioritized by the House.

The Senate is set to discuss the BBL on Monday, according to Coloma, while Congress continues its committee hearings on the national budget. -- Report from DZMM