Bangsamoro Basic Law will work without federalism, says Drilon

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Posted at Jul 18 2018 08:46 AM | Updated as of Jul 02 2019 12:40 PM

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MANILA - A shift to federalism will not be needed in order for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to work, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Wednesday as the bicameral conference committee continues to iron out the proposed measure's final draft.

According to Drilon, the 1987 Constitution allows the provision in the BBL that will give 5% of the national budget to the proposed Bangsamoro entity, a move that is seen to strengthen governance and give greater autonomy to Muslim Mindanao.

"Di po kailangan ng federal system. Devolution ito. Pagbigay ng kapangyarihan sa Bangsamoro government. Ito ay magagawa kahit di mapalitan ang Saligang Batas," the senator told DZMM Teleradyo.

Drilon said if the BBL passes, around P60 billion worth of block grants will go to the Bangsamoro government. He said the Constitution also allows the increase of internal revenue allotment for local governments to strengthen governance in the other regions. 

Passing the BBL is among the requirements under the peace deal between the MILF and the government under former President Benigno Aquino III in 2014. The law will create a Bangsamoro entity, replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.