Congress sets Mamasapano, BBL hearings

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Members of the House of Representatives will work during the Holy Week to finish the inquiry into the Mamasapano killings, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said on Thursday.

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He said the House joint committees on public order and safety and unity and reconciliation will resume their hearings on April 7 and 8.

Resumption of the congressional inquiry followed release by the Senate and the Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry (PNP-BOI) of its report on the incident.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the ad hoc committee tasked to review the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, said the hearings have affected their own schedules.

He said executive sessions would be held from April 6 to April 20 and voting on the measure will be on May 11 and 12 when Congress resumes its session.

“We’ve allocated two days for the voting of the BBL because many of the ad hoc committee’s members will be out of town during the break. We’ll have to vote on the BBL section by section, and that will take long,” Rodriguez said.

The Mamasapano killings has threatened to derail the passage of the BBL and some legislators question the sincerity of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and its commitment to the peace process.

The clash also magnified the alleged unconstitutional provisions in the BBL, holding back legislators from passing the proposed measure within the deadline.

The BBL hearings were suspended after the January 25 incident. Congress is eyeing to pass the proposed BBL in June to enable President Benigno Aquino 3rd to sign it into law on June 30.

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  1. Desiree Bans Guasch on

    Many legislators expressed deep reservations, opposition, to particular provisions and experts submitted positions against many provisions of the BBL. All those even before the massacre of #SAF44 in #Mamasapano . Please avoid repeating the conclusive statement contained in the 7th paragraph.