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“There will be peace in war-torn Mindanao with the Approval of BBL“- Senator Drilon

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao- Senate Minority Franklin Drilon said on Saturday that he is optimistic that with the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) there will be peace in war-torn Mindanao, a report by Manila Bulletin said.

Senators and congressmen who are members of the bicameral conference committee will meet again on Tuesday, July 17, to look at the clean copy of the BBL charter already 99 percent complete.

After the conference committee report is approved late next week for eventual ratification by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, they will meet for the third regular session of the current 17th Congress.

During the conference committee meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Mandaluyong City, situation at the holding room where BTC Commissioners and their staff stayed and on vigil waiting for the outcome of the deliberations became so tense when one commissioner came out of the venue and reported that one senator was suggesting for the removal of the powers already granted to the ARMM.

This prompted Commissioner Mohagher Iqbal to approach Senator Drilon, Senate Majority Leader Migs Zubiri, and House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas and appealed to them not to remove those powers of the ARMM, otherwise, an autonomy that will be granted to the Bangsamoro would be lesser than the current autonomous region.

After four days of discussions on the propose law at the Crown Plaza, and House of Representatives, Sen. Drilon is confident that the measure is constitutionally compliant, particularly on the issue of parliamentary form of government as it is allowed by the 1987 Constitution.

Sen. Drilon has introduced 60 specific powers to the Bangsamoro Government.

In the same article by Manila Bulletin, it quoted Sen. Drilon saying that the proposed Bangsamoro government would be more powerful than the current Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as it would have more resources with a block grant of P60 billion to P70 billion annually, and a regular national government Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) per province.

 ‘’I believe there will be peace in Mindanao,’’ the Manila Bulletin quoted Sen. Drilon saying. (Source: Manila Bulletin)