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Fiscal autonomy, taxation in proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region need further clarification — DOF

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018


Senate deliberation for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, Philippines — Today’s Senate deliberation for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law  (BBL) centered on the issue on Bangsamoro Region’s autonomy on fiscal and taxation aspects.

Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said that the national government cannot just let go of the important programs and easily hand them over to the administration of the Bangsamoro Region.

Dominguez cited the health and agriculture sectors in particular.

“As far as I know the health and agriculture sectors as devolve functions hardly improved health status in different regions, different provinces hardly improve agricultural production,” said the finance secretary.

The secretary also said that it is important to have transparency in the 72 billion peso-bloc grant per year to the Bangsamoro government.

“And if the people they don’t agree that this money spent this correctly then we will have a problem,” said Dominguez.

Dominguez added that the Congress should also clarify the issue of taxation.

“That the differentiation between national taxes and local taxes are very very clear, so there’s no confusion  I think the law is very clear on that, I think there are gray areas,” said the official.

The chairman of the Senate subcommittee on BBL Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri assures that the financial management will remain in the power of the Bangsamoro government.

“Bibigay po natin yung power na y an sa Bangsamoro parliament kasi pangit naman na ididikta na muli tayo” said Zubiri.

The Senate targets to approve the BBL before the session break in March. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


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HOR approves committee report on proposed BBL

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

House of Representatives of the Philippines


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House Committee on Local Government, Muslim Affairs and Peace, Reconciliation and Unity approved today, May 15, the version of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

The said version is also aligned with the version of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

The bill was first passed at the committee level on April 17 without further amendments.

Meanwhile, some members of the Committee raised their opposition to what they claim as questionable provisions of the bill.

“The Bangsamoro police director shall not countermaned the order of the chief minister. This provision distorts the command authority of Camp Crame over the Bangsamoro Police,” said Lanao Del Norte Representative Khalid Mohamad Dimaporo.

The Committee report will be submitted to the plenary for debate and amendments. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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House panel approves BTC version of BBL

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: House of Representatives at a joint committee hearing before the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was approved

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives at a joint committee level has approved the Malacañang-endorsed version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

In an executive session, House Bill 6475 principally filed by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, was approved by the House committees on local government and Muslim affairs and the special committee on peace, reconciliation and unity.

This is the same version of the BBL that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted to Congress.

Two of the three House panels voted in favor of the bill’s passage. The House Committee on Muslim Affairs voted 5-3; the Committee on Peace and Reconciliation voted 6-4; while the Committee on Local Government voted 1-9.

The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law seeks to abolish the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in order to establish a new political entity called Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and provide for its basic structure of government.

The joint committees will meet again at the resumption of session on May 15 to approve the committee report. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Peace panel eyes BBL approval by May

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a draft of the newly proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a turnover ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. Joining the President are (from left) Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Murad Ebrahim, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The government peace panel and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) are optimistic that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be passed into law before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte in July.

According to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), they expect the Congress to approve the proposed bill in May.

This is amid fears of continuous delays on the passage of the BBL because of the impending impeachment trial in the Senate as well as the pushing of federalism in Congress.

“I am saying there’s a positive environment because the leadership committed that they will pass it,” said GPH implementing panel chair Usec. Nabil Tan.

“And with the push of the president and whole stakeholders I guess we have a very good chance God willing,” he added.

“The timeline of its passage is actually on or before sine die which is May 30, 2018,” said Amin party-list Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan.

According to BTC, they do not see any problem with the passage of the BBL as they have thoroughly studied every provision of the bill, particularly the provision of self-governance of the Bangsamoro adapting the parliamentary form of government.

“There is, in fact, no idea of a substate in the present BTC version,” said BTC Comm. Atty. Jose Lorena.

The BTC and OPAPP are still hopeful that Congress will consider the passage of the BBL which is believed to resolve historical injustices and armed conflict in the Mindanao Region. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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