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House panels’ approval of BBL hailed

  • Written by Efren Montano
  • Published in Nation
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MALACAÑANG yesterday welcomed the passage of the administration’s version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the three joint committees of the House of Representatives.

The proposed BBL aims to end decades of conflict in Mindanao by creating a political entity that would enjoy greater autonomy than the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“The President has expressed his support and commitment to the Bangsamoro Basic Law as a significant step towards our quest for real and lasting peace in Mindanao,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

“By having a Bangsamoro region within the context of our Republic, we will realize the aspirations of our Moro brothers and sisters for genuine self-determination and hopefully end the decades-long armed struggle, violence and injustice in Mindanao,” he added.

The committee report on House Bill 6475 was approved on Tuesday by the joint committees on local government, Muslim affairs, and peace, reconciliation and unity, voting 32-3, 27-3, and 27-3, respectively.

The measure will be sent to plenary for deliberation and approval.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, meanwhile, is eyeing the passage of the BBL in the Senate by May 23 to meet the desire of President Rodrigo Duterte to sign it into law before Congress adjourns on June 1.

Zubiri chairs the Senate subcommittee on the BBL.