Arroyo's first agenda as Speaker: Ratify Bangsamoro Organic Law

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Posted at Jul 24 2018 03:36 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2018 05:07 PM

MANILA- Newly elected House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said her chamber will ratify the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law on Tuesday, a day after it was supposed to be signed into law.

Arroyo said it was her duty as the new leader of the House of Representatives to carry out President Rodrigo Duterte's legislative agenda.

"That means today we must get the Bangsamoro Organic Law ratified," she told reporters.

The 71-year-old Arroyo was sworn in as the country's first woman Speaker late Monday, following a power struggle with Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.

Her comments come after President Rodrigo Duterte said he will sign the measure into law within 48 hours during his third State of the Nation Address on Monday.

"Give me 48 hours to sign it and ratify the law. Babasahin ko muna bago ko pipirmahan, baka may isiningit kayo diyan," he said in jest.

(Give me 48 hours to sign it and ratify the law. I will read it first before signing it because you may have inserted something in it.)

The bill, which is envisioned to grant wider self-rule to the Muslim minority in the south, was supposed to be signed by Duterte during his SONA.

This, however, did not happen as the House under the leadership of Alvarez, adjourned session before the bill could be ratified.

The Senate ratified the reconciled version of the bill ahead of Duterte's SONA.

Senators and congressmen last week reconciled their versions of the measure in bicameral meetings.