House BBL version ‘worse’ than Palace’s

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THE House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law did not only retain Malacanang’s version of the proposed BBL but it further made the law more problematic, according to Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

At the same time, Marcos on Sunday said he will not allow the Senate version of the BBL to suffer the same fate as the one approved by majority of the 75-member ad hoc committee last week went through.

“The approved version of the House ad hoc committee is in many ways worse than the draft version submitted by Malacañang,” the chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, noted in a radio interview aired over dzBB.

Marcos particularly cited the provision in the House panel version that would include 10 provinces that rejected inclusion when the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was established.


According to him, he will not endorse such provision since it was not even included in the version earlier submitted by Malacañang that already contained numerous constitutional infirmities, based on a report that his committee recently submitted to Sen. Miriam Santiago.

“We will stay with the draft BBL on the core Bangsamoro territory and I don’t see the need to expand it,” Marcos said, adding that some local government units (LGUs) are not willing to be included in the BBL.

The senator said he believes that the failure of the House committee to consult the LGUs and listen to their positions is the reason why congressmen decided to retain the so called opt-in clause in the BBL.

The opt-in clause allows other provinces outside the proposed Bangsamoro territory, including those that did not join the ARMM, to be included though a plebiscite.

Marcos said this clause that could lead to expansion of the Bangsamoro territory was retained in the version of the House ad hoc panel headed by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.

“When I last talked to [Rodriguez], we agreed to remove the opt-in [clause]and I believe that they tried to remove it, but after the meeting in Malacañang the clause was retained,” he added.

The committee on local government still has two panel hearings on the BBL before it starts drafting its version that will be presented in plenary.

Marcos will be meeting today with representatives of the Sultanate of Sulu and indigenous peoples in Mindanao and listen to their position on the BBL.

Meanwhile, Sen. Francis Escudero believes that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not be able to include the passage of the BBL in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July when the 16th Congress opens its third and final regular session.

Escudero also on Sunday said it is unlikely for the President to receive and sign the approved Congress version of the BBL before he delivers his SONA because of lack of time.

Congress only has nine session days before it goes on sine die adjournment on June 11, and according to Escudero, even if the Senate and the House of Representatives approved their respective versions by June 10, the BBL still has to be discussed in the bicameral conference committee.

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  1. Cong Rufus Rodriguez is a former law dean and so he knows which provisions of the BBL are grossly unconstitutional, yet he persists in leading his pro-Pnoy majority block in the ad-hoc committee (a previously UNHEARD OF type of congressional committee, as in: “ad-hoc” of what?) to pass the BBL version that would surely please Iqbal & Co. – in the process BLOCKING or voting down 27 vital amendments introduced by Rep. Cesar Lobregat of Zamboanga City, one of them being the notorious “opt-in” proviso.

    And, he can do that because: (1) he has the tyranny of numbers (whether of headcount, or other matters or denomination, it’s up to you); and, (2) he is so confident of the support of the pro-PNoy sector of our society. This is beginning to look like a David-Goliath conflict – with the future of the Republic as the high stake.

    God bless us all!

  2. MELVIN T. SAMSON on

    The eagerness of Macanang to have the BBL draft passed in the two (2) CHAMBERS of Philippine CONGRESS is highly suspicious. What is in the BBL that makes the President very excited to have it passed before the House adjourns its 2nd regular session in the 16th Congress? Is there any secret deal between the President and or Malacanang with the government of Malaysia?
    How true that the proponents of the BBL and the front-leaders of the MILF are Malaysians.
    How true that the financier of this initiative is Malaysia?
    Why is Malaysia as well as Malacanang, very interested in the passage of the BBL? Is Malacanang giving away large portion of Mindanao to Malaysia through the BBL passage?
    How much is the deal?
    How true is the alleged bribery of Malacanang to a good number of legislators?
    Is President Aquino trying to pay a debt of gratitude of the Aquino family from Malaysia thru the BBL passage in Congress at the expense of the 100 million Filipinos and the sovereign state of the Philippines?
    Do we call this “Tuwid na Daan” (TD) or “Treason in its Darkest” (TD)?
    May our Sovereign Lord and GOD expose the vested interest behind the BBL!
    MAY GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES AND ALL FILIPINOS AND DEAL WITH ALL ALLEGED CONSPIRATORS!

  3. MELVIN T. SAMSON on

    The eagerness of Macanang to have the BBL draft passed in the two (2) CHAMBERS of Philippine CONGRESS is highly suspicious. What is in the BBL that makes the President very excited to have it passed before the House adjourns it 2nd regular session in the 16th Congress? Is there any secret deal between the President and or Malacanang with the government of Malaysia. How true that the proponents of the BBL and the front-leaders of the MILF are Malaysians. How true that the financier of this initiative is Malaysia. Why is Malaysia as well as Malacanang, very interested in the passage of the BBL. Is Malacanang giving large portion of Mindanao to Malaysia thru the BBL passage? How much is the deal? How true is the alleged bribery of Malacanang to a good number of legislators?
    Is President Aquino trying to pay a debt of gratitude of the Aquino family from Malaysia thru the BBL passage in Congress at the expense of the 100 million Filipinos and the sovereign state of the Philippines?
    Do we call this “Tuwid na Daan” (TD) or “Treason in its Darkest” (TD)?
    May our Sovereign Lord and GOD expose the vested interest behind the BBL!
    MAY GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES AND ALL FILIPINOS AND DEAL WITH ALL ALLEGED CONSPIRATORS!

  4. Roldan Guerrero on

    RUFUS RODRIGUEZ is a LAWYER FOR SALE. I was once a person who applauded this lawyer because he did a good job while he was a Solgen. But indications of his true color came out when he worked as Imelda`s lawyer. Now there is more money at stake through PIGNOY`s best tool which is BRIBERY. Bongbong Marcos carries the legacy of his father and I hope and trust him so much that PIGNOY will not succeed in dismembering this country.

  5. Cres Malifier on

    Talagang din-nimonyo na ang kawawag House of Reps natin. God, please us Filipnos and help those few members of the House who are still good, honest and patriotic.