New BBL more autonomous than ARMM

Ghazali Jaafar, Chair of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) tasked to craft a new enabling law for Bangsamoro described the draft BBL as “far autonomous” than the current ARMM. However, Jaafar refused to give further details on the provisions of the draft BBL.

“The Preamble and Articles I up to VIII essentially vest the Bangsamoro government with powers that make it far more autonomous than the present ARMM,” he said during a press conference on June 4 at Park Inn Hotel in Davao City, Davao Today quoting Jaafar saying.

In its report on June 4, Davao Today said that during the conference, Jaafar also announced that the new Bangsamoro Law is close to its completion.

Jaafar also told reporters that they are eyeing to submit the proposed BBL to President Rodrigo Duterte by the first and second week of June.

Jaafar said the Bangsamoro government is granted with a fiscal autonomy that is “less dependent on the central government in the field of revenue generation and control over the use and disposition of the natural resources.”

He added that the Bangsamoro can “genuinely exercise control” the exploration, development and utilization of resources under Article XIII on Economy and Patrimony.

He also said the interest of Christian settlers will be protected under the Article IV on General Principles and Policies and Article IX on Basic Rights.

Jaafar said non-Moro and Christians will also occupy seats on the Bangsamoro Parliament.

“As for the sectors of the women, youth, traditional leaders and the other sectors, they have the right for participation in governance even in the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority and in the regular Bangsamoro Government,” Jaafar added.

Under Section 6 of Article VI on Intergovernmental Relations, he said traditional leaders shall be represented in the Council of Leaders which will be created once the BTA is formed.

Meanwhile, he said democracy is guaranteed as all affected residents of the territories and contiguous areas shall be consulted whether they shall join the new Bangsamoro government.

Jaafar said the BTC will hold another plenary session to finalize the draft which they will submit to Duterte,

The BTC approved to adapt the previous BBL as its working document  

which Jaafar said helped a lot in crafting the new BBL.