Former supreme court chief justice davide affirms the stance of his fellow framers of 1987 constitution the constitutionality of BBL

Three Surviving Framers of 1987 Constitution are unanimous in declaring that the previous, and present Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is constitutional, and free from any legal infirmities and within the context of the law. 

During the 6th Senate Public Hearing on February 5, 2018, Retired Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.  affirms the stance of his fellow framers of the constitution that the expanded BTC version of BBL is constitutional, said a report by OPAPP website Peace.Gov.Ph.

In his argument made during the public hearing at the Senate, Davide elaborated four points why congress should pass the bill and called the same to support it. The retired Chief Justice argued, " First, the passage of the bill for the creation of an autonomous region is a constitutional mandate. Second, its passage is compelled by the imperative of correcting historical injustices. Third, the region that has been given autonomy must be recognized, and respected for its distinctiveness and uniqueness. And Fourth, the BBL must be understood as an extraordinary special law not only because of its nature but also as an embodiment of the peace agreement and the product of the prolonged negotiations. "

Joining Davide in declaring the constitutionality of the previous, and present BBL were Dr. Florangel Rasario Braid, and Retired Associate Justice Rodolfo Ascuna. 

The proposed bill gained collective support from the Bangsamoro core area as shown, and seen during the 3rd and 4th Senate public hearings conducted in Cotabato City and Marawi City, respectively. 

The Senate subcommittee on BBL are scheduled to continue their public consultations vis a vis: February 8, 2018 ( 9am) at Jolo, Sulu ( Notre Dame College of Jolo); February 8, 2018 ( 1:30 pm) at Bongao , Tawi-Tawi ( Henry V.  Kong Gymnasium, MSU Bongao Campus); February 9, 2018 (9am) at Isabela City, Basilan (Basilan State College); and February 9, 2018 ( 2pm) at Zamboanga City ( Zamboanga City Polytechnic College).