At least 36 lawmakers at the House of Representatives are against the passage of the proposed law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Representatives Jonathan dela Cruz of Abakada party-list and Silvestre Bello 3rd of 1-BAP party-list made the announcement on the third straight day this week that the House failed to discuss the Bangsamoro measure for lack of quorum.
“The Minority bloc has decided that we will vote no. As for myself, I am against it because of a procedural flaw. The Committee Report approved by the Ad Hoc Committee was changed before we voted on it and after a meeting was held in Malacañang,” Bello said.
“Why change the draft before we vote on it? I can’t support that,” he added.
The bill that will create the Bangsamoro region is a product of the peace agreement inked between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“We in the Independent Minority bloc will also vote no because we deem the measure as unconstitutional,” dela Cruz said.
House Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, the acting president of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), said the no votes could be more than 36.
The NPC is the second largest political party in the country. It has at least 48 members in Congress, next only to the ruling Liberal Party which has 80 members.
There are 292 members of the House of Representatives.
“The NPC does not have a party stand on the proposed Bangsamoro law. It will be a conscience vote because there are NPC members for Mindanao and the feedback we are getting is that their constituents are against it,” Aggabao said.
However, Aggabao clarified that he is in favor of the proposed Bangsamoro law.
“I believe pursuing it is the right track. We need a political solution in Mindanao. Military solution should not be an option, and political solution is within reach,” the lawmaker said.