• Mindanao still calls for passage of BBL

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    COTABATO CITY, MAGUINDANAO: Members of civil society organizations (CSOs) and the academe in Mindanao have called on legislators to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

    The group said the lawmakers should abide by their “solemn duty to legislate and enact laws and to transform themselves as peace builders and not as ordinary lawmakers.”

    Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Mindanao Media Bureau (OPAPP-MMB) Director Marlon Peter Dedumo said the Mindanao-based CSOs will continue to lobby legislators, from Mindanao in particular, to attend sessions in the House of Representatives to ensure quorum so that the deliberations on the BBL could proceed and ensure its eventual passage.

    Dedumo quoted lawyer Romeo Cabarde, chair of Ateneo de Davao University’s Community Engagement and Advocacy, as saying that they call on lawmakers to “consider the common good and not for self-interests.”

    Lyndee Prieto, representative of the Initiatives for International Dialogue National Secretariat, said that CSOs would continue lobbying with legislators to religiously attend deliberations on the BBL and ensure quorum.

    Prieto said that despite the apparent “deliberate delays caused by successive lacks of quorum during sessions due to absences from the other legislators, our battle cry remains: Never say never to hopelessness and un-peace.”

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