Duterte will certify BBL as urgent - Palace

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2018 01:46 PM | Updated as of May 24 2018 07:36 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the annual town fiesta of Tabogon, Cebu on May 20, 2018. Robinson Niñal, Malacanang Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law as urgent “anytime soon”, Malacañang said Tuesday, as time is running out for both chambers of Congress to pass the proposed measure.

House leaders have said they will ask Duterte to certify the bill as urgent before Congress adjourns on June 2. Certifying the proposed BBL as urgent would allow the Congress to approve it on 2nd and 3rd readings on the same day, expediting the process. 

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President will certify the bill as urgent once the House of Representatives and Senate agree on its final text.

“The President promised to certify it. I cannot absolutely guarantee that the version of the House will be certified because I haven’t seen the text. But if it’s in conformity with what was agreed upon, then there should be no problem, the president will certify it,” Roque said in a press briefing.

House leaders on Tuesday met with members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, led and dominated by representatives of the MILF, to discuss the issues raised by some lawmakers about the proposed measure as well as the proposed amendments to it.

In the House of Representatives, the proposed BBL measures were consolidated into a single bill, numbered House Bill 6475.

The BTC asked for three days so that its members could discuss the proposed amendments to the BBL.

The MILF is pinning its hopes on Duterte for the passage of the proposed law that will grant greater autonomy to the Bangsamoro region, ahead of the country’s shift to a federal type of government.

The President has been repeatedly stressing that failure to address the concerns of Bangsamoro might lead to more trouble in Mindanao.

The passage of a version of the BBL during the previous administration was scuttled because of the Mamasapano clash, where 44 elite cops were killed by MILF fighters and other private armed groups. It also faced questions on its constitutionality.