Photo from facebook account of BTC Commissioner Maisara C. Dandamun-Latiph

Malacañang sets July 18 as new schedule of submission of draft BBL

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will submit its draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 18, a month and two days after completing it and six days before the President delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) where he is expected to certify the bill as urgent, said an online report by Mindanews.

In a text message to Mindanews, BTC chair Ghazali Jaafar said he does not know if the President will still review the draft as he had repeatedly said he would, or hand it over immediately to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on the same day it is submitted to him in Malacañang.

 “That we don’t know. That depends on the President,  Jaafar, concurrent 1st Vice Chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  told MindaNews.

The new draft BBL crafted by the BTC chaired by Jaafar, consists of 114 pages and 18 articles.

In  his speech at the inauguration of the PTV Cordillera hub in Baguio City on March 11, Duterte said of the draft BBL:  “I will study it before we submit it to Congress and pray that it would sail on still waters.”

“Maybe the Senate would have a more or less rigorous opposition, that’s expected. This is a democracy,” he said.

The submission of the draft BBL has been postponed several times due various reasons.