• No time to sync Moro polls in 2016

    Sen. Marcos          Photo by Rene Dilan

    Sen. Marcos
    Photo by Rene Dilan

    HOLDING the first regular Bangsamoro autonomous region polls simultaneously with the 2016 national elections may not be possible even if Congress manages to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic law (BBL) by September, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., said in a news forum on Tuesday.

    Speaking during the weekly Bulong Pulungan, Marcos noted that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) may not have enough time to make necessary preparations for the election of officials for the newly established Bangsamoro autonomous region.

    |Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government that disapproved the Malacanang-version of the draft BBL, said that based on information he got from the Comelec, the poll body needs at least six months to prepare the list of voters for the new Bangsamoro region.

    The preparation, he said, would only commence after the plebiscite because it is only then that the Comelec could determine which province would be included in the Bangsamoro region.

    “The Comelec still needs six months to prepare the voters list because they do not know what provinces will be included,” Marcos explained.

    Congress, before it went on sine die adjournment last month, had set September as the new deadline for passage of the BBL.

    But even with the new deadline, Marcos said he still doubts that the filing of candidacy for the new political entity can be done in October, the deadline set by the Comelec for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for those planning to run in 2016.

    In case the BBL is not enacted by October, according to the senator, the filing of COC will be for the officials of the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), not for those of the Bangsamoro.

    Marcos earlier vowed to have a substitute bill on the BBL ready by the time the 16th Congress convenes for its third and final regular session later this month.

    But the draft BBL still needs to undergo several procedures before it can be transmitted to Malacañang for the final signature of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    “We will be able to pass something. For me, the best-case scenario is that the substitute bill will be passed as it is, but we know that is not going to happen because everybody has their own inputs,” Marcos said.


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    1. Marcos’ head is fixed on one thing—junking BBL to raise his family’s name and put down the Aquino. He’s just making excuses. I hope he stops dribbling BBL and give justice to the Muslim community.

    2. No time? whose fault was it that there’s no time also? the dribbling of the BBL went too long which is why there’s “no time”. quit blocking the BBL!

    3. Holding it the same time might lead to more chaos, unless there will be an organized system for thia. Although the molo polls is necessary, it should not coincide with the election. If it does, the chance of it happenig is less likely.

    4. Bottom line is, unahin munang ipasa ang BBL. sobrang delayed na to eh. Magiging stepping stone kasi to para sa long lasting peace eh. After that, unti-unting solusyunan ang mga issue na sinasabi ni Marcos, na kung tutuuusin hindi naman talaga malaking isyu yan… Sana tumigil na siya sa pagbabaliko ng isip ng mga Pilipino. Hindi yan makakatulong. Nagpapabango lang siya ng pangalan dahil malapit na ang eleksyon.

    5. Charlie Lopez on

      People already doubt Marcos sincerity in pushing for an alternative BBL. he has been sitting on the Bill and criticizing and pontificating about problems and what really should be, but he has done nothing. In Mindanao, they’re probably hoping against hope. BBL for a while was the light at the end of the tunnel. Families in Muslim Mindanao pin their hopes on it for a different future for their children. Stop dribbling it Marcos.

    6. Obviously, Marcos doesn’t really intend to pass BBL. Pinapairal niya ang personal niyang intensyon at galit sa kasalukuyang administrasyon.