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President Duterte certifies BBL as urgent

The leaders of Senate and House of Representatives last week sent communication to Malacanan asking President Duterte to certify the Bangsamoro law as urgent.Yesterday, members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to craft the BBL met with lawmakers from both Senate and House of Representatives to discuss contentious issues of the measure.Presidential Adviser on the...

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Mindanao is likely be the base of ISIS caliphate: President Duterte warns

“Now they’re planning to establish a caliphate here in Southeast Asia. What country would be the most ideal to set up a camp?,” the President asked and hinted it would unlikely be Indonesia, Malaysia nor Brunei since they are majority Muslims.He said ISIS, now being pushed out of Middle East, does not know anything but to kill and destroy. “And sometimes in their crazy notion that they are...

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Palace vows fast action in Marawi ‘culture and religious sensitive’ rehab efforts

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing, that there were dialogues conducted by the Task Force Marawi who gave assurance that the rehabilitation efforts will consider the culture and religious sensitivities of the residents of Marawi and other affected communities.Roque is hopeful that the occupants of 67 evacuation centers in Northern Mindanao and parts of Lanao del Sur...

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Congress sees the passing of BBL before May 30

Newly-installed Senate President Sen. Vicente C.  Sotto III, and Majority Floor Leader Sen.  Migs Zubiri are working against time to beat the deadline set by the President. The same is true in the House of Representatives (HoR). Speaker Bebot Alvarez, and Majority Floor Leader Rudy Farinas also vowed to pass the same before their adjournment.It has to be noted that the Senate had...

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IN PHOTO- Senator Migz Zubiri, Senate Majority Floor Leader, and Proponent of SB 1717 (Bangsamoro Basic Law)

Period of interpellation on BBL at the senate ends

Prior to the closing of the period of interpellation, Senator Manny Pacquiao delivered a manifestation of support to the passage of BBL and proposes amendments to the provisions on Fiscal Autonomy and clarified the meaning of "contiguous areas."Senator Franklin Drillon turned again to the chamber and question two major issues provided in the Bangsamoro Basic Law regarding the " asymmetrical...

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