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

by UNTV   |   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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Residents want halt of BBL hearings in Zamboanga City

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

A Zamboanga City resident giving her thoughts on the issue of Bangsamoro Basic Law.

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HoR) is set to hold another hearing on March 2 in Zamboanga City in connection with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

However, Zamboanga City residents believe lawmakers should no longer push through with the scheduled consultations.

Zamboanga local officials and residents have long been opposing the proposal to include their city in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. They noted that the consultations being held by Congress can no longer change their stance.

“Narinig na natin lahat. Nandyan na yung mga senador. Nandyan na yung Congress natin. Para sa akin hindi na maghi-hearing,” said Princess Dayang, a local resident.

(We have heard everything. The senators and congressmen were there. For me, there is no need for a hearing.)

Many of them also believe the consultations are politically-motivated.

“Nasa pag-uusap naman yan. Kung kailangan bakit hindi, pero usually kasi pagka ganyan political talaga yan,” said Maria Cristina Gil, a resident.

(It depends on the discussions. If it’s really needed, why not. But usually, these kinds of consultations are politically-motivated. )

The local government has already expressed disinterest to be part of the proposed Bangsamoro Region.

“In my talk with him [President Duterte] very, very briefly he told me that we are not included in Bisaya, and I think it pertains to the BBL,” said Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco.

“The LGU has not requested that the hearing will be conducted in Zamboanga City,” said Jawo Jimenez, secretary of the mayor.

They argue that the lawmakers and senators should just focus instead on the provinces and cities that expressed willingness to be part of the Bangsamoro Region. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Proposed BBL likely to pass before House session breaks in March

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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FILE PHOTO: House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

MANILA, Philippines — The Lower House of Congress targets to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before its session break next month.

According to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, he has ordered the committee in charge of the proposal to ensure that its structure is adaptable to a federal set up to avoid problems in case the government shifts to a federal form of government.

The said House committee is now conducting marathon hearing to finalize the proposed BBL at the soonest possible time.

Alvarez said, “Gusto ko aprubahan ang BBL bago mag break kami para tapos na kami doon at punta na sa ‘mabagal na kapulungan’ (slow chamber),” referring to the Senate.

(Translation: I want this BBL to be approved before our session break so we can immediately pass it and be transferred to the Senate.)

 — UNTV News & Rescue

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Federalism first before BBL — Duterte

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on January 24, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Under the federal form of government, the questions of constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be easily approved and resolved.

That is why, according to President Rodrigo Duterte, it is better to implement federalism first.

This was his response to a reporter at a press conference last Saturday who asked which should be finalized first.

“There are provisions, at this early, which Congress has been saying as unconstitutional. Let’s start to sort it out. Let us show the Moro that we are trying our best, that those constitutional provisions that will be violated can be corrected if there is a federal setup,” said the chief executive.

The President calls on the Moro people to give the government enough time to resolve the issues surrounding the proposed law.

This is amid the continuous and strong calls by Moro groups to impose federalism.

“Murad said, ‘We are tired of waiting for so long.’ This is not mine, actually, I’m having the beating…but the commitment to come up with a federal system was promised to Misuari. I do not want to make an issue about it, but it was the time when Cory Aquino went to Jolo to talk to Misuari and made some concessions about a federal setup. Yun ngayon ang sinisigil (They are now asking for it). And they are threatening to go to war,” said Duterte.

The president said, there will be no resolution if there will be another fight between the Moro groups and the government.

“That’s the last thing I would want to happen to my country. To again wage war against my own people. It’s not my style to do that because you are not criminals and this is something that is a matter of principle to everybody,” said Duterte.

The government is currently conducting public hearings and consultations about BBL in different places in Mindanao to get the opinion of the public.

Last week it was done in Cotabato City. — UNTV News & Rescue

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