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President Duterte certifies BBL as urgent

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has certified the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent, a report of Philippine Daily Inquirer on May 29 afternoon says.

The report also stated that Presidential Legislative Liaison Office head Sec. Adelino Sitoy on Tuesday afternoon told reporters the BBL certification has already been transmitted to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

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 Peace Process Sec. Jesus Dureza said in a statement that the President held meeting with the leaders and members of the two chambers of Philippine Congress and a separate meeting the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“The meeting adjourned with a general consensus that the two chambers conclude their work at the earliest possible time and if there are varying versions, that the mandated bicameral committees of both chambers meet to come up with a joint reconciled and accepted version,” Dureza said in a statement posted at the OPAPP Facebook page.

Dureza added that the President shall sign BBL into law on time for its announcement during the State of the Nation Address in July, this year.