Dureza to recommend that new draft BBL be certified as urgent

A report by ABS-CBN News on July 11 says that Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza would recommend that President Rodrigo Duterte certify the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent, as he underscored the need to enable a peace pact with the country’s largest Moro rebel group at the soonest possible time.

“As far as OPAPP is concerned, we will recommend that it will be certified as an urgent bill. But as you know very well, the President makes the final call,” Dureza said in a news conference in Malacañang.

Certifying a bill as urgent means its movement in Congress will be expedited.

The BBL is the enabling measure of the peace compact signed by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in August 2014. 

Dureza expressed hopes that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), which wrote a new BBL draft, has learned from lessons of the past.

Implementing the BBL would mean abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, while the 1996 agreement would mean the enhancement of the ARMM.