Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile on Saturday said the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) “will remain dead” as he blasted President Benigno Aquino 3rd for blaming him and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for the non-passage of the controversial measure.
Enrile said Aquino should not point fingers over the BBL fiasco.
“BBL is dead and it will still be dead, unless they recast it. The questions that I raised and questions that I will raise or would have raised are really difficult to answer. That’s what happened,” he said at a forum in Quezon City.
“As a President, he should not point a finger on some people for his failures and shortcomings, intellectually and as a leader,” he added.
During a meeting with local leaders in Iloilo City on Tuesday, Aquino, without mentioning any names, said that BBL critics were nowhere to be found when the administration reached out for suggestions on how to go about the Bangsamoro measure.
But Enrile said the BBL draft prepared by Malacañang would not have passed legal scrutiny.
“The original version of BBL is a work of ignoramuses. They do not know the Constitution. The version that was produced by Bongbong, although it was already a refined version, has many constitutional problems. I was pointing it to them,” the veteran lawmaker stressed.
“The fault is really the President’s. He lacks leadership, he does not study the legislation that he brings to Congress, just like the P2,000 across the board hike for SSS retired members. He allowed it to roll in Congress and it passed,” Enrile said.
Aquino vetoed the measure, saying the increase would leave the Social Security System bankrupt.
“He has been in Congress like me, in the House of Representative, as a senator and by fate, he became a President. I am not saying that he is lousy, but if I may say so he is the worst President this country has ever had,” he added.
Enrile reiterated that he is willing to debate and question the “unconstitutional” BBL with anyone anywhere.
“I engaged them in every aspect of that bill. I went over that bill, 215 sections, section by section, and I am willing to debate with the entire Liberal Party, with everyone in the country, to show them that that bill cannot stand in any system of the government,” he added.