Monsod: BBL territory not a substate

Posted at Mar 13 2015 12:27 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2015 10:35 PM

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MANILA - The surviving framers of the Philippine Constitution assert the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law does not need constitutional amendments.

Attorney Christian Monsod, member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, disputed the opinion of former justice Vicente Mendoza that using the term "territory" in the BBL is an indication of a substate.

He said to say that creating the Bangsamoro entity will dismember the country is flawed reasoning.

"It's very clear that Bangsamoro shall remain part of the Philippines. Whatever it has governance with and you're talking about governance not sovereignty," he said.

He also disagreed with allegations that the Bangsamoro government will be given too much powers, saying the region needs the resources to accomplish its goals,

But Monsod agreed some provisions of the BBL still need to be reviewed.

[email protected], March 13, 2015