Congress rejects anti-political dynasty provision in BBL


Posted at Jul 10 2018 02:13 PM

MANILA - Lawmakers have dropped the anti-political dynasty provision from the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the start of the bicameral conference, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said Tuesday.

Senators and House of Representatives members made the decision on Monday, the first day of joint deliberations meant to iron out different provisions in the law that would grant autonomy to the Moro region in southern Philippines.

Section 15, Article VII of the Senate version of the BBL stated that "No Party Representative should be related within the second (2nd) civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to a District Representative or another Party Representative in the same Parliament."

Fariñas said the provision would impose a dynasty prohibition only within a certain province while the rest of the country still does not have that limitation. 

"It was dropped by the Senate after we cited the flaws of the provision that violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution," Fariñas said.

The bicameral committee has been broken up into smaller groups to tackle other contentious provisions of the proposed bill such as stipulations on taxes, public order and national security, and territory, the House Majority Leader said.

The bicameral body targets to finish deliberations and produce a final version either by Wednesday or Thursday as they have "covered more than 80 percent of the whole bill," Fariñas said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent the BBL, the enabling law of the 2014 landmark peace deal between the government and the MILF that aims to grant greater autonomy to the Bangsamoro region. 

- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News