Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Palace hopes lawmakers would ‘vote for peace’ as HoR determines fate of Bangsamoro draft law

Malacañang on Monday (May 18) reiterated its hope for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to make it to the next level, as members of the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee began to vote on the proposed legislation.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said they are hoping that committee members would ‘vote for peace’ to help Mindanao achieve its much-needed progress and development.

“Today, the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee is expected to begin voting on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. We reiterate our hope that the committee members will vote for peace, through which we can bring progress and development to Mindanao and better the lives of our countrymen,” Secretary Lacierda said.

In an interview with Radyo ng Bayan, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said it is the administration’s aim to have a sound BBL passed by Congress that will champion the goals of the peace process.

The BBL is an offshoot of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed on March 27 last year.

It intends to establish a Bangsamoro political entity in the south with an enhanced basic structure of government, replacing the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which President Benigno S. Aquino III once described as a "failed experiment." (PCOO News Release)

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