• Lawmakers to work on BBL while panel reviews budget

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    The House of Representatives will continue deliberating the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before discussing the 2016 national budget in the plenary.

    Congress adjourned sine die last June 11 without the passage of the measure, which seeks to establish the Bangsamoro entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and which is seen to establish lasting peace in the country’s southern region.

    House Majority Leader and Rep. Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila) over the weekend said they will receive a copy of the proposed budget a day after President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

    The proposed budget will be reviewed by the House appropriations panel.

    “Perhaps it will take them a month or so before it reaches the plenary,” Gonzales said, “During that time, we will continue deliberations on the BBL.”

    Deliberationson the proposed Bangsamoro measure will resume on July 27 when Congress reconvenes for its third and final regular session as Aquino delivers his last SONA before he steps down next year.

    Meanwhile, plenary discussion on the budget for 2016 will begin on the last Monday of September until October 9, the last session day before Congress adjourns and opens session once more on November 2.

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