Congress can strengthen Bangsamoro Law — Deles March 6, 2015Posted by HERBERT CURIA in PEACE TALK UPDATES.
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Congress can strengthen Bangsamoro Law — Deles
MANILA – The Executive Branch fully respects Congress’ powers on deciding the final version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said today.
“As I have always been saying, the fate of the passage of the proposed BBL is in the hands of our lawmakers. The proposed Bangsamoro law was submitted to them in recognition of their legislative power. They have the power to improve and strengthen the BBL in accordance with the Constitution that provides for the grant of meaningful autonomy to Muslim Mindanao,” Deles said.
During the first public hearing on the draft law last September 24, 2014 by the Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL headed by Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Deles has already emphasized that “certainly, we are open to the fact that the law can be improved.” This has been reiterated by the peace adviser and members of the government peace panel in various forums and media engagements.
On the timeframe of passing the BBL, Deles said that the Executive Branch trusts Congress to pass it on the proper time. She rejected insinuations that the Executive is railroading Congress into passing the law.
The BBL is the enabling law of the signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro or CAB between the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
According to Deles, “There is seventeen years worth of diligent negotiations, from the time of President Ramos to the present, that birthed the BBL.”
“The draft law was founded on the work of previous negotiating teams that came before us over the years,” government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said. “Their experiences, learnings and insights on their own negotiations during their time, enabled the current negotiating team to reach this far in the process.”
She also related that the draft BBL was also the product of rigorous consultations with various stakeholders, legal luminaries and solons.
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