Marcos files substitute Bangsamoro law

Sen. Marcos

Sen. Marcos

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday submitted to the Senate the committee report containing his proposed substitute version to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that he described as an “all-inclusive measure” addressing the concerns not only of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but also of other stakeholders in Mindanao.

The 100–page Senate Bill 2894, under Committee Report 200, is called the “Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.” The draft law contains 17 articles and 215 sections.

“In fulfillment of my promise and in compliance with our agreement during the [senators’] caucus last week, I filed today the substitute bill, which I firmly believe will establish a strong mechanism for peace in Mindanao,” Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said in a statement.

The committee report was signed by 17 committee members. Majority Floorleader Alan Peter Cayetano, however, dissented, citing several provisions which according to him needs to be revised.

Marcos’ bill is a substitute to Senate Bill 2408, which Malacañang submitted to the Senate and referred to the local government committee on September 15, 2014.

Marcos admitted that while majority members of the committee already signed the report there are some who intends to propose additional amendments, which will be tackled in the plenary.

“There are some senators who don’t want to sign the report because they want to additional introduce [Franklin Drilon] asked them to sign the report and have their respective concerns discussed on the floor,” he said.

Marcos is set to sponsor his bill on the floor on Wednesday as he vowed to answer questions to be raised by his colleagues in the subsequent interpellation period.

The senator, however, assured that even if the committee revised 80 percent of the Malacañang version of the BBL, the original intent of the law has been preserved.

Marcos described the bill as an all-inclusive measure since it carried the applicable advocacies, positions, and proposals of all the stakeholders.

Aside from the MILF and the government negotiating panel, Marcos also listened to the inputs and positions of different stakeholders like the Moro National Liberation Front, Sultanate of Sulu, indigenous people, religious groups, youth groups, legal luminaries, labor and peasant groups, local government units and other concerned organizations.

All in all, Marcos’ committee held 12 public hearings and one briefing before coming up with a committee report that hopes to address all the concerns of the people that will be affected by the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“The number of hearings and resource persons speak for themselves. Contrary to the accusation that I was delaying the BBL, I, in fact, focused on it and we even worked during the recess [of the Senate]. I’m confident that I will be vindicated by my proposed measure,” he said.


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  1. I agree with July. Read first before comment or critize noytard.. did you remember that those measures for peace in Mindanao is the job task to Malacanang and not BBM??
    Gumawa nga ang mga taga malacanang na peace measures, pero sineyorcat nmn nila ang BBL.. at may mga pages na blanko walang statement or provisions, na pwedeng singitan oras na magkapirmahan na ng BBL na hindi man lang narevisa ng senate, mabuti na lamang at nandiyan si BBM. kung nagkataon, walang kamalay malay ang mga taga luzon na may bagong bansa na pala sa loob ng Pilipinas na nasa mindanao at bisayas/???hahah kawawa nmn si Juan /de la cruz…BBM for President..

  2. Substitute, because he rejected the original one . I noticed from the original most articles and provisions parts were amended , and some were not.

    Like The WORDS, BANGSAMORO and MINISTER. What I understand of these words, BANGSAMORO, means Nation of MORO or MORO NATION; while MINISTER, is the head of the Nation, like England and Israel, etc.

    Why not make AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT of MORO in MINDANAO, and the head is Governor and MINISTER?

    WHAT I understand the WORD MORO, were the original inhabitant People of Mindanao. MORO people are comprised of several tribes. e.g Tausug, Maranao,etc,

    Like in Kalinga Province. Kalinga People are comprised of several Tribes. e.g. Sumadel, Botbot, Torgao, Gilayon, etc.

    • correction>

      In 3rd paragraph

      Why not make AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT of MORO in MINDANAO, and the head is Governor and MINISTER?

      and the head is governor AND NOT MINISTER, ! SHOULD SAY


  3. What are the salient points of the “new/different BBL verrsion proposed by Bongbong Marcos.” This “news” about it does not even provide the slightest hints of the “difference” between the Malacanyang version in the Senate and what Bongbong is proposing.

    This “news” sounds more like a “PR releasse” that praises the efforts and not the substance of the work.

    Basic question that must be addressed categorically: Does the Bongbong Marcos version agree that the minority muslims should be allowed to secede from the Philippine government in their pursuit of “autonomy”? That is the first issue.

    Next issue: Is Bongbong endorsing some form of “federalism” in his “new version of the BBL as proposed, originally?

    And what budget is Bongbong proposing to implement his version of BBL?

    I want to read a follow-up on this issue with an honest to goodness reporting of the facts as these are now present in the proposed “new BBL” by Bongbong. Enought PR and propaganda this, that and the other.


  4. Why call it substitute version instead of amendments? Substitute means replace. Amendments means addition, deletion or change. If you’re a true statement and wanting to lead you could have said that the law needs few amendments or revision to impress upon the original authors that they have done great job. Don’t take most of the credit by saying you’re coming up with substitute version learn how to criticize.

    • Bonifacio Claudio on

      He is not taking “all” the credit; BBM has always been emphasizing his “committee”…