MEMBERS of the majority in the Senate on Monday expressed their support for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law by having their name included as co-authors of the measure that aims to bring lasting peace and progress in Mindanao.
Senate Bill (SB) 2408 is expected to be referred to the Senate Committee on Local Government headed by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the Senate Committee on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation headed by Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd.
Senate President Franklin Drilon, said the broad support the BBL is getting from the Senate shows that peace knows no political color and the people can rest assured that the Senate will scrutinize the measure.
The proposed BBL, which was submitted by President Benigno Aquino 3rd to Congress last week, was signed by 13 members of the chamber including four members of the minority bloc led by Deputy Minority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd.
All 13 lawmakers are listed as co-authors of SB 2408, which seeks to establish a separate Bangsamoro entity replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in a bid to end years of conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao.
Aside from Sotto and fellow minority bloc senators Nancy Binay, Joseph Victor Ejercito and Gregorio Honasan, the other senators who signed as co-authors include Guingona, Ralph Recto, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Pia Cayetano.