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.