Zubiri laments House's failure to ratify Bangsamoro law

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2018 04:16 PM

MANILA - Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri said Monday he was saddened by the House of Representatives' failure to ratify the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law, which will grant wider autonomy in Muslim Mindanao. 

Despite the political issues hounding the lower chamber, Zubiri hopes the lawmakers would be able to ratify the bicameral conference committee report so the President Rodrigo Duterte can already sign it into law tomorrow. 

"We know that with the intramurals that are going on there now. So medyo politically magulo ang house as of the moment so we respect that we just patiently wait tom, hopefully maaprub ito bukas at mapirmahan na ni pangulo," Zubiri said.

The senator said he was assured by his counterpart in the House, majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas that the law's ratification will happen tomorrow. 

"One more day won't hurt bagama't malungkot na malungkot tayo na hindi naipasa. Highlight sana ito sa SONA," Zubiri noted.

The ratification of the bill, which has been certified as urgent by Duterte, was deferred earlier today after the House's opening session was suddenly adjourned amid reports of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's ouster.

Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali told ABS-CBN News that the chamber has deferred the ratification of the bill to another day. "Definitely not today," he said, noting that congressmen will tackle the bill soon.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace had to make last-minute changes in Duterte's State of the Nation Address following the new developments on the proposed Bangsamoro law at the House of Representatives. 

He said the Bangsamoro Organic Law was supposed to be the surprise highlight of Duterte’s speech as it would be the first time that a proposed legislation was signed into law during a SONA. 

Despite the setback, Roque said Palace is confident that there are enough numbers in the House of Representatives to support the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.--report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News