ADMITTEDLY, the national government, through the 24-member Senate and the House of Representatives,
has an unfinished business with the suffering people of poverty-stricken Mindanao.
As promised by then presidential bet Rodrigo R. Duterte during the 2016 poll campaign period,
the government ought to hasten the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Aware of the Duterte administration’s promise, the House of Representatives has set up a sub-
committee that will harmonize four proposed measures -- House Bill (HB) Nos. 6475, 6121, 6263 and 92.
Authored by Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Rep. Mohamad
Khalid Dimaporo and Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema, the four bills seek to promulgate the BBL.
The proposed measures, which call for the abolition of the existing Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), seek to repeal Republic Act (RA) Nos. 9054 and 6374.
“This is to accord the people in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao the opportunity to
chart their own future within the ambit of our Constitution,” according to the authors.
Of course, various quarters shared the view of Tawi-Tawi Rep. Ruby Sahali, chair of the House
committee on peace, reconciliation and unity, that the BBL is essential in addressing the Mindanao
“Let us make sure that the law we’re going to legislate will be all-inclusive, meaning all the
people’s rights within the Bangsamoro will be upheld, our dignity and cultures will be preserved,”
Lanao del Sur Rep. Mauyag Papandayan said the proposed political entity is envisioned to
address the Bangsamoro people’s…clamor for a genuine and meaningful governance and self-
Certainly, prioritizing the passage of the proposed BBL is a move in the right direction as
the administration continues to marshal its financial and manpower resources to speed up the country’s