BTC chair ‘100% satisfied’ with BiCam handling of BBL concerns

MANDALUYONG CITY, July 17 2018 -- Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar is “100 percent satisfied” at how the Bicameral Conference (BiCam) resolved the issues on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during a caucus held earlier today.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa BiCam sapagkat nirespeto nila ang aming concerns (We thank the BiCam for respecting our concerns),” Jaafar said in an interview right after the caucus that was held during the continuation of the BiCam deliberation on the BBL.

Among these concerns is the assurance that all laws that would be passed in the Bangsamoro Parliament would be compliant with national laws.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said it was agreed during the caucus that there would be “one general provision within the context of the Constitution para ‘di paulit-ulit na sasabihin ‘yung (so that it wouldn’t have to be repeated that it is) subject to national laws.” 

Jaafar gave assurance that when the Bangsamoro parliament creates laws, these would be in accordance with the Philippine Constitution.

“Ang proposal namin ay ‘pag gagawa ang Bangsamoro Parliament ng batas, dapat ay hindi ‘to babangga sa Saligang Batas. Duon ay sang-ayon kami 100 percent,” (Our proposal is whenever the Bangsamoro Parliament creates a law, it should never be in conflict with the Constitution. We agree with this 100 percent),” he said.

Jaafar said the BTC also agrees that the passing of an organic law on the Bangsamoro itself should fully comply with the Constitution.

BiCam committee member Rep. Rodolfo Farinas reiterated that the plan is for both Chambers to ratify their respective versions on the third regular session on July 23, the same day of the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. President Duterte will then sign the bill into a law by afternoon of the same day.