Rody to cer­tify draft BBL as ur­gent mea­sure

Tempo - - News - (Ge­na­lyn D. Ka­bil­ing)

An au­ton­o­mous Bangsamoro re­gion will soon be a re­al­ity.

Pres­i­dent Duterte vowed to cer­tify as ur­gent the pro­posed Bangsamoro Ba­sic Law for its swift pas­sage in Congress, say­ing he would pose no ob­jec­tion to pro­vi­sions con­sis­tent with the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The Pres­i­dent en­dorsed the en­vi­sioned Bangsamoro re­gion af­ter re­ceiv­ing the pro­posed BBL drafted by the 21-mem­ber Bangsamoro Tran­si­tion Com­mis­sion in Mala­cañang yes­ter­day.

“I com­mit to sup­port – in front of ev­ery­body – my covenant with you that I will sup­port and hus­band this in­stru­ment as it goes in the leg­is­la­tor for its con­sid­er­a­tion,” Duterte said be­fore an assem­bly of peace stake­hold­ers in Mala­canang.

“There will be no ob­jec­tions of the pro­vi­sions of all that is con­sis­tent with the Con­sti­tu­tion and the as­pi­ra­tion of the Moro peo­ple. I am for this – within the con­text of the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines, there shall be a Bangsamoro coun­try,” he added.

Duterte said he would cer­tify the pro­posed BBL as ur­gent. “Yes, cer­tify. I have re­quested both the Se­nate Pres­i­dent and the Speaker to con­sider it im­me­di­ately.”

Duterte ad­mit­ted that de­bates on the BBL would take time but ex­pressed hope he could show the doc­u­ment to the peo­ple at least be­fore the end of the year.

The new draft bill aims to cre­ate an au­ton­o­mous Bangsamoro re­gion in a bid to end decades of armed strug­gle and vi­o­lence as well as pro­mote last­ing peace in the trou­bled area. It re­places the old bill that failed to pass in Congress due to al­leged un­con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sions.

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