House pan­els ap­prove Palace-backed BBL

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Two House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ pan­els have ap­proved the Palace-en­dorsed ver­sion of the pro­posed Bangsamoro Ba­sic Law (BBL).

In an ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion on Mon­day, the House com­mit­tee on Mus­lim af­fairs, vot­ing 5-3, and spe­cial com­mit­tee on peace, unity and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, vot­ing 6-4, ap­proved Deputy Speaker Bai San­dra Sema’s mo­tion to pass House Bill 6475 as the BBL ver­sion and re­tain all of the bill’s pro­vi­sions.

The House com­mit­tee on lo­cal gov­ern­ment, how­ever, re­jected the mo­tion with a vote of 1-9.

HB 6475, au­thored by Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez, pro­vides for the BBL and seeks to abol­ish the Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (ARMM).

The bill is based on the pro­posal sub­mit­ted by the Bangsamoro Tran­si­tion Com­mis­sion (BTC) to Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte.

The bill seeks to re­peal Repub­lic Act No. 9054, en­ti­tled “An Act to Strengthen And Ex­pand the Or­ganic Act for the Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao” and RA No. 6734, en­ti­tled “An Act Pro­vid­ing for An Or­ganic Act for the Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao.”

It aims to es­tab­lish a po­lit­i­cal en­tity, pro­vide for its ba­sic struc­ture of gov­ern­ment in recog­ni­tion of the just­ness and le­git­i­macy of the cause of the Bangsamoro peo­ple and their as­pi­ra­tion to chart their po­lit­i­cal fu­ture through a demo­cratic process that will se­cure their iden­tity and pos­ter­ity and al­low for a mean­ing­ful self-gov­er­nance.

Under the bill, the Bangsamoro ter­ri­tory shall re­main a part of the Philip­pines.

The Bangsamoro ter­ri­tory shall be com­posed of the fol­low­ing: 1) the present geo­graph­i­cal area of the ARMM; 2) the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Baloi, Mu­nai, Nu­nun­gan, Pan­tar, Tagolan and Tangkal in the prov­ince of Lanao del Norte and all other barangays in the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Kaba­can, Car­men, Aleosan, Pigk­awayan, Pikit, and Mid­sayap that voted for in­clu­sion in the ARMM dur­ing the 2001 plebiscite; 3) the cities of Cota­batao and Is­abela; and 4) all other con­tigu­ous ar­eas where there is res­o­lu­tion of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit or a pe­ti­tion of at least 10 per­cent of the reg­is­tered vot­ers in the area ask­ing for their in­clu­sion at least two months prior to the con­duct of the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Ba­sic Law and the process of de­lim­i­ta­tion of the Bangsamoro.

The mea­sure also re­tains the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s power and con­trol over de­fense and ex­ter­nal is­sue.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment shall cre­ate a Bangsamoro Mil­i­tary Com­mand of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines for the Bangsamoro, which shall be or­ga­nized, main­tained, and uti­lized in accordance with na­tional laws.

A Bangsamoro Po­lice, under the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, shall also be cre­ated for law en­force­ment and main­te­nance of peace and or­der in the Bangsamoro. (PNA)

Re­gion V's Leslie De­lima (170) clocked 10:06.54 in the girls' 3000-me­ter run and cap­tured gold while Camila Tu­biano of Re­gion X clocked 10:07.07 for sil­ver at the Palarong Pam­bansa held at the Quirino Sta­dium in Ilo­cos Sur on Mon­day, April 16. (PNA)

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