Marcos bares plot to recast Senate

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SEN. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Thursday revealed an alleged plot to reorganize the Senate to facilitate successful passage of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Marcos told reporters that he had received information that Malacañang is behind the alleged plot as it sees the move as a quick solution to ensure that the BBL gets enacted into law.

The proposed BBL hit a snag in Congress after the House of Representatives failed to meet its target to pass the bill – which remains in plenary — by June 11. The counterpart bill in the Senate was rejected by the Senate Committee on Local Government, which Marcos heads.

The senator said it was not clear if the planned reorganization would include the Senate leadership or would just be limited to changes in committee chairmanships.


President Benigno Aquino 3rd, in his speech during the recent turnover of weapons and decommissioning of 145 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters, criticized some lawmakers who are “advocating a halt to the BBL.”

Aquino said he finds it unfortunate that some lawmakers, instead of asking how they can improve the BBL so that it may effectively address grievances of the people, would focus on blocking the passage of the bill.

When asked if he was affected by Aquino’s speech, Marcos replied that the President must be talking about other lawmakers who are getting in the way of the BBL.

“Why are you asking me? I do not feel alluded to,” the senator said.

“If we reorganize, it does not change the problems that we still find in the BBL. It will not make any difference as to what the unclear provisions are. That does not help the legislative process,” he added.

When also asked if he feels threatened by the reported reorganization, Marcos said he will continue what he is doing because he believes he is doing the right thing and that he has no intention to get in the way of the BBL.

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  1. PRES.BENIGNO AQUINO WAS PRESSURED I THINK BY THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT TO IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER PASS THE BBL.,MINDANAO PENINSULA IS RICH IN MINERALS, OIL.,SOLID WATER.,GOLD, SILVER ETC…AND THE CLAIMS FOR SABAH ISLAND… MY STAND ON THE MATTERS..NO NO TO BBL.

  2. the government failure to suppress the MILF rebels has lead to giving away the control to some parts of mindanao to them. is this the way to peace? certainly not! the most certain here is they are committing TREASON. how can our president surrender our sovereignty to one faction of rebel and malaysian passport holders? the best way to commit peace in mindanao is for rebel groups to have peace amongst themselves and negotiate their unilateral position to the government. in that way we are talking peace with the whole rebel group not favoring a ceratin group.

  3. Why not sumuporta na lang si Presidente sa pagsasaayo sa BBL, lalo sana iton mapapadali. Napakataas naman kasi ng PRIDE kahit mali ipinipilit. Ang reason kung bakit inaayos ang BBL ay upang maging katanggap-tanggap ito sa Supreme Court. Para kasing dumi na kung lalabas-lalabas na. Kung ano iyong ginawa kahit may mali iyon na. The president himself is disobeying the LAW. He himself is above the law. Kaya maraming lawless ngayon. Maraming mamamayan ang lumalabag sa batas kasi kahit ang pinakamataas ang tungkulin sa isang bansa ay hindi maru nong sumunod sa batas.

  4. For sure, the Filipinos will be up in arms against the Abnoy, once Senators Marcos and Santiago are removed from their committee chairmanships. Halata naman masyado this Abnoy. He really plays a dirty game and is not at all mindful of what the greater number of Filipinos want. I for one want peace but not the BBL as crafted.

  5. Ganyan naman ang mga AQUINO sa mga MARCOS,,magtataka pba tayo sa mga black propaganda nila,mulat sapul ng maalis si MARCOS ,sila na ang nghari harian sa bansang pilipinas,kala mo sila na ang DIOS,Pasasaan bat kakarmahin di yan sila sa mga kasakiman nila sa kapangyarihan,Itapon ang BBL na yan kung mahal ninyo ang kapwa ninyo pilipino,di yan ang kasagutan sa hinahangad natin katahimikan,

  6. The Aquino admin is so unfair,they cannot move on,They are always backfighting the Marcoses,It is politicking style,to destroy again Marcos,But in the end truth will set them free,,Marcos reign,,Whatever,,,,MARCOS PA RIN THE BEST,,,

  7. Senator Bongbong Marcos is fighting for our great freedom,not for our country but for the safety of us,,He is right,,I salute his bravery,,,

  8. Please be know that majority of pilipinos are against the said BBL..ii it will pass it will create hate and war both muslims and christians,BBL is not the answer for peace,,hope majority against the BBL will win,,what kind of government we have now?junk and abolish BBL for real peace,,GODBLESS EVERYONE,,,

  9. This s what I am saying before. By hook or by crook, the administration will play dirty politics just to pass the BBL. They did not think that this move will backfired to them come 2016. Some groups already saying that if some other groups or stakeholders will not be considered in the draft BBL, they will not vote for any candidate known to be ally of LP. Sen. Marcos just wanted to make the BBL to be fair to all Bansangmoro, not to a specific group like MILF.

    • Elias Gonzales on

      Sen. Marcos is doing his job the right way while Aquino continues to self-destruct, drowning our sovereignty with him. The Senate leadership must resist this plot and show the Palace leadership its way back from insanity.