The House of Representatives will continue deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) when it resumes session on November 3.
Earlier, Congress set a December 16 deadline for the proposed Bangsamoro measure.
“We will prioritize the ratification of the national budget next year and to continue the interpellation and debate for the BBL and other important matters,” House Deputy Majority Leader and Quezon City Rep. Jorge Banal said over the weekend.
The BBL resulted from a peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It will establish the Bangsamoro entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and is seen to establish lasting peace in the country’s southern region.
It has been stalled in Congress after 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) members, who were in an operation for the capture of international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and his protégé Abdulbasit Usman, were killed in a cornfield in a firefight with members of the MILF, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and private armed groups last January 25.
Members of the MILF and civilians were also among the casualties.