SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez yesterday said the House of Representatives will approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before the Holy Week recess this March in order to immediately transmit the peace measure to the Senate.
“Gusto kong maaprubahan ang BBL bago kami mag-break para maisumite na namin ito sa Senado,” Alvarez, a principal author of the BBL, told reporters.
Tomorrow the House committees on local government, on Muslim affairs and on Mindanao affairs will begin the five-week consultations in Mindanao.
The first stop will be Cotabato City, the center of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), followed by hearings in Midsayap, North Cotabato and Davao.
Anak Mindanao party-list Reps. Amihilda Sangcopan and Makmod Mending Jr. appealed to their colleagues to back the BBL of Alvarez.
“This long-awaited legislation will serve as the core of a stronger regional government, one that will be stronger than the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM),” said Sangcopan.
The Anak Mindanao has been supporting the BBL draft that the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted.
“We are hoping that our esteemed colleagues in the House of Representatives will support us, people from the Bangsamoro territory, as we push for the passage of a BBL that echoes the people’s clamor for just and lasting peace in the region in particular, and in the country in general – one that is truly representative of the Bangsamoro people,” said Sangcopan.