Drilon casts doubt on Bangsamoro law sans anti-dynasty provision


Posted at Jul 19 2018 09:34 AM

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MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday said he is not confident that the consolidated version of the Bangsamoro Organic Law can foster good governance in the south after lawmakers scrapped its anti-dynasty provision. 

Five of the country's poorest provinces are in ARMM and are the bulwarks of political clans, Drilon said, citing a study by the Ateneo de Manila University. 
"Hindi po ako sigurado na ang BBL ay makapagdulot ng maayos na pamumuno sa Bansamoro dahilan sa walang anti-dynasty provision iyung ating ipapasang batas," he told radio DZMM. 

(I am not certain that the BBL can bring about good governance because the law that we will pass has no anti-dynasty provision.) 

A bicameral conference approved Wednesday the bill that grants wider self-rule to the Muslim minority in the south, paving the way for President Rodrigo Duterte to sign it into law. 

The law will create a new political entity, the “Bangsamoro Autonomous Region,” which will replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. 

It will be headed by a chief minister and 2 deputy ministers, to be elected from the parliament – half of which will be political party representatives while 40 percent are district representatives and 10 percent are sector representatives.

Once approved by Duterte, it would be difficult to revise any provision in the law as this would need public ratification, said Drilon. 

The lawmaker nonetheless said he hopes the law can alleviate poverty in Mindanao by providing the Bangsamoro region a block grant of 5 percent of the national internal revenue amounting to at least P60 billion to P70 billion a year. 

DZMM, 18 July 2018