SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday maintained that while the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) seeks to implement the peace pact between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government, it only binds the executive department and not Congress.
Marcos, in a forum on BBL held at the San Sebastian College in Manila City, explained that Congress could pass the original draft of the BBL without revisions because it will only be declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC).
“The agreements do not bind Congress. Neither do they bind the Supreme Court, much less the entire country,” Marcos told college students.
“If it’s a sovereign nation that is signing a treaty with the Philippines, then because foreign policy is within the powers of the Executive, once the President signs it, the entire Philippine government is committed to honor that,” he explained.
But Marcos noted that this is not applicable to the peace pact between the MILF and government because BBL is not a treaty but a law creating an autonomous local government.
Marcos added that while he cannot grant the demand of the MILF to restore the BBL to its original form, it doesn’t mean that he is against the passage of a law that will create a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
“If the proponents are really bent on passing the BBL in the exact shape and form as drafted by the Palace and the MILF, then there would be no other legal recourse but to initiate a coordinate move of amending or revising the Constitution,” Marcos said.
He supported the position of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. who turned down the MILF’s demand to restore the 28 provisions that the House ad hoc committee deleted in their version of the BBL.