• New BBL draft submitted to Duterte Monday

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    The final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17, presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza said on Tuesday.

    Dureza said the Bangsamoro Transition Committee (BTC), a joint panel comprised of representatives from the government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front, will submit to the President the draft BBL on Monday in Malacañang.

    “I’d like to let you know that the turnover of the output of the BTC will happen at 5:30 in the afternoon of July 17 here in the Palace,” Dureza told reporters in a press conference.

    “The BTC will turn over to the President the copy of their work that had been done over the past few months,” he added.

    The crafting of the enabling Moro law is part of the implementation process of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro signed between the government and the MILF in March 2014.

    The first draft BBL was stalled in the 16th Congress because of the alleged “failure” of the proponents to involve other stakeholders in the consultations.

    Dureza was hopeful that Duterte will certify the draft measure as urgent.

    “As far as OPAPP [Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process] is concerned, we will recommend that it will be certified as an urgent bill,” Dureza said.

    “But as you know very well, the President makes the final call. It can be a way forward but we leave that entirely to the President to make that determination,” he added.

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