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House to convene into a Constituent Assembly with the Senate to perform minor surgery on the Constitution to pass BBL

The House of Representatives is prepared to convene into a constituent assembly with the Senate to perform minor surgery on the Constitution to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), said an online post by News5 Interaksyon on August 8.

The legislators also agreed to pass a bill postponing the October 2017 barangay elections to May 2018 and retain incumbent officials on holdover capacity.

This was the agreement among lawmakers who attended the caucus on Monday, according to Citizen Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Representative Sherwin Tugna, News5 also said in its online post.

Tugna, chairperson of the committee on suffrage and electoral reforms, said the barangay elections will be held simultaneously with the plebiscite for the BBL.

The BBL aims to institutionalize autonomous governance of places that would be included in Muslim Mindanao.

According to Tugna, before the passage of the BBL, the Senate and the House will convene in joint session as a constituent assembly and amend the provisions of the Constitution to harmonize it with the proposed BBL.

In a meeting of Congress leaders on July 26, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said Congress will identify the provisions of the Constitution that needed to be amended to pass the BBL. (Source: News5 Interaksyon)