Even in detention Sen. De Lima expresses ‘full support’ of Duterte’s call for BBL’s immediate passage

Senator Leila De Lima who is detained on drug-related charges said she is in “full support” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for the immediate passage of the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

She said that “while the current 2017 version of the draft BBL bears no radical departure from, as it is essentially the same, as the original 2014 version crafted during former President Benigno Aquino III) term,” De Lima said in a statement as quoted by Inquirer.Net and posted online on October 31.

Describing the new BBL as “not a perfect piece of document,” De Lima said the BBL draft represents a “huge and monumental first step” at addressing the long-standing aspirations of Filipino Muslims.

She also said that the core aspiration of the Moro people is genuine autonomy and meaningful self-governance.

The detained lawmaker said that the new BBL only needs some tweaking or fine tuning of a few provisions” that is needed to prevent any constitutional challenge to the measure, Inquirer.Net said in its article.

“We cannot afford to miss this yet another big shot at peace and stability in the region. “Time is indeed running out. I don’t see any other option, except chaos and more sufferings for the people, Moros and Christians alike, in the region,” De Lima stressed as quoted by Inquirer.Net.