DAVAO CITY: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday made a new pitch for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying it would thrust Mindanao and the entire country “further into the global spotlight.
In his speech at the inauguration of the 300-megawatt Davao baseload power plant here, Aquino said the BBL should be passed at the soonest possible time to ensure “inclusive governance” in the region.
“Each time I speak about Mindanao, I mention how the goal for our administration is to transform it, from the Land of Promise, to the Land of Promises Fulfilled, and over the past few years, we have seen the beginnings of this transformation. You have heard me say before that the mode of governance is so dependent [on]ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) on having the right leader,” Aquino said.
“We need to make sure that his region has a framework that can truly make good, inclusive governance the norm rather than the exception. This is why we need to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law in the soonest possible time. For my part, I believe it would certainly push Mindanao, and the Philippines, further into the global spotlight,” he added.