Malacañang Confirms Signing of BOL by Pres. Duterte

Sultan Kudara, Maguindanao— Malacañang confirmed on Thursday (July 26) the signing of Bangsamoro Organic Law by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte after he and his officials issued conflicting statements about the matter. 

"This is to announce that the President has just signed the BOL into law," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a text message,”, a Philstar report on July 26 said. 

Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go confirmed in a separate text message that the BOL has been signed.

Earlier, there were confusions as to the reliability of the news that the president has signed the BOL, when he first announced the signing of BOL during the 69th anniversary of Ipil, a town in Zamboanga Sibugay on Thursday. 

His announcement was contradicted by his Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, and Go that as of 5:43PM, Thursday, the BOL has not yet been signed by the president.

"The BBL has been signed but I will go home for some sort of a ceremony with (Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders (Ghadzali) Jaafar and (Al-Hajj) Murad (Ebrahim)," the president said.

During his visit to fire victims in Zamboanga City minutes past 7 p.m., his second public engagement Thursday, Duterte reiterated that he has signed the BOL, according to the Philstar report. 

"Napirmahan ko na ang BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law)," Duterte said, referring to BOL by its old name, the Philstar report also said.