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BBL Proponents ready to defend constitutionality of the proposed law

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao – Proponents of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) are ready to defend its constitutionality, in case any legal question may be lodged before the Supreme Court, according to officials involved in the crafting of the legislative measure, a Manila Bulletin report said.

Senator Franklin Drilon and Sonny Angara who are both lawyers have scrutinized all the provisions of the basic law just to ensure compliance with the constitution, Ghazali Jaafar, Chair of Bangsamoro Transition Commission told Manila Bulletin on Sunday, July 15. 

Jaafar is 1st Vice Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Lawyer-members of both chambers of Congress are standing by the legality of the BBL, Jaafar said.

In the “spirit of a democratic society,” there is a possibility of petitions that maybe lodged in the Supreme Court questioning the legality of the proposed law, Jaafar said.

The BBL is the legal translation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) in Manila on August 27, 2014.

In the same Manila Bulletin report, it says that Jaafar has urged the public to let the BBL take its due course as a potential tool to help bring “lasting peace and sustainable development” in impoverished and embattled Bangsamoro communities.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told Manila Bulletin that the consolidated version of the measure was “99 percent” complete, but noted the bicameral conference committee still had a few things to finalize. (Source: Manila Bulletin)