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3 House committees ok BBL report

Three committees of the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the joint committee report on the consolidated measure,  Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The committee on local government voted 32-3, the committee on Muslim affairs,  27-3, and the special committee on peace, unity and reconciliation,  27-3, approved the report which consolidated House Bill ( HB) 6475 with HBs 92, 6121 and 6263 filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo, respectively.

The consolidated bill provides for the creation of the BBL and the abolition of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), thereby repealing RA 9054, or the law strengthening and expanding the Organic Act for the ARMM, and RA 6734 or the law providing for an Organic Act for the ARMM.

Rep. Raul Daza said he voted in favor of the draft committee report with “full faith and confidence” that the process described by the assistant majority leader will best serve the interest of democracy and the Filipino people.

Daza said he has not committed to any specific amendment as to how he will vote.

“I shall look at every amendment during the process which accordingly, will be given full consideration during the caucus and during the plenary deliberation on the floor,” Daza said.

Rep. Celso Lobregat said he voted against the measure for various reasons and issues such as education.

“Are we going to allow education to be exclusively the domain of the Bangsamoro?”  Lobregat asked.

While he is for peace, Lobregat said the  BBL should not only for the Bangsamoro but for every Filipino.

Rep. Romeo Acop voted against the consolidated bill because of the provisions regarding the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the National Police Commission (NPC) under Republic Act 6475 were basically the same.

Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo said the people wanted long-lasting peace, and not just in the short term.

“We have trust and confidence in the President. We hope and pray that he will be able to do something such that peace will last even after his term,” Dimaporo said. #