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
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday (January 14) that President Rodrigo Duterte plans to fly to Cotabato City to join a massive rally on January 18 in support of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
The mass action will be held two days before the scheduled plebiscite for the BBL in areas of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); Isabela City-Basilan and in Cotabato City.
Lorenzana assured that President Duterte and the rest of his Cabinet as well as the Congress support the BBL.
“All out si Presidente. Sa January 18 pupunta (siya) sa Cotabato para sa big BOL rally. The day before dapat pupunta din siya sa Jolo pero dahil may importante siyang gagawin dito, hindi makapunta,” Lorenzana said during a meeting with leaders of the Bangsamoro communities outside the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) on Sunday (January 13)
“Pero pupunta kami. Ako, si Sec. Ano, si Sec. Galvez, para kumbinsihin na namin si Sakur. Matigas ang ulo ni Sakur, pero we can convince him maybe para lumambot ang puso niya at tanggapin ang BOL,” the Defense Secretary said referring to Governor Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu who opposes the BOL.
Malacañang expressed confidence that with the presence of President Duterte himself, the public will be more convinced of supporting the passage of the BBL.
“The voice of the president is always a powerful influence on whatever matter he gives his voice into,” confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Lorenzana, meanwhile, assured the public that the government is working very hard to ensure an honest, clean and peaceful elections in May.
Lorenaza and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chair and head of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Ghadzali Jaafar called on all parties involved in the BOL especially the leaders of Muslim groups to be calm and pay respect to whatever the decision of the public will be regarding BBL.
“Hindi na pwede ang takutan dito. Tapos na ang pagiging rebolusyonaryo natin. Tapos na. Bibigyan na nga tayo ng chance to lead. Now it’s time to, itapon na natin ang uniporme natin. Magsuot na tayo ng barong o di kaya ng coat, and then start being a diplomat. Start being a statesman. Start thinking of how to improve our area,” Lorenzana said.
“Please do not do anything that will divide their favor because one of the major responsibilities of a leader, whether you’re like a revolutionary leader like me or political leader, your responsibility is,at all times, to unite your constituent and to unite your people,” appealed Jaafar.
“Leaders like us must never become agents of disunity of our people,” he emphasized further.
The plebiscite will be held on February 6 in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved the petition of 20 local government units (LGUs) to join plebiscite that will ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Comelec said that the LGUs have submitted the required documents.
Twenty-four (24) applications were not approved by the poll body due to insufficient documents and non-observance of guidelines for the plebiscite.
“Iyong una itatanong natin kung ratified ba itong BOL, kapag na-rectify iyan, ang epekto niyan magkakaroon ng Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and then second, elections sa February. Ang itatanong sang-ayon ba kayo na itong lugar na ito ay isasali sa Bagnsamoro Autonomous Region,” said Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez.
The plebiscite for Bangsamoro Basic Law is set this month. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018
MANILA, Philippines — House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya reminds all former members of the House of Representatives to surrender their protocol license plates.
Andaya said the order is due to reports that certain vehicles with protocol plate number eight have figured in crime-related activities or were spotted in indecent places.
The House leader reiterated that the memorandum issued by the secretary-general for all members of the House regarding the immediate recall covers all protocol plates issued during the 16th Congress and earlier. — UNTV News & Rescue
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