DESPITE delays in the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress, Malacañang is certain that the law will be passed because it is in the Palace’s “political map,” communications chief Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Sunday.
Coloma added that the Palace legal team is still reviewing the draft submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission last month.
“[It is] still being reviewed by the OP [Office of the President] legal staff to ensure that provisions are compliant with Constitution and will pass legislative scrutiny,” he said in a text message to The Manila Times.
Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos Deles expressed optimism on the enactment of the BBL by Congress before a historic international conference on inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue for peace in Mindanao.
“Our political roadmap is firmly in place and we are fully confident that we are installing a process which will ensure, within an acceptable and doable timeframe, that the BBL which will be enacted by Congress will live up to the people’s expectations as a measure worthy of broad-based support, and one that is faithful to our Constitution,” she said.
Deles added that all the parties concerned are striving to meet the standards set by President Benigno Aquino 3rd during the CAB signing.
“The BBL will be a law that is equitable, practical and empowering and which serves the interests of the entire nation,” she said, adding that the nation waited for 17 years for a mutually binding and acceptable peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and was achieved within just three years of the Aquino administration.
“We can be bold in taking a few more days, if not weeks, to ensure a more refined and strengthened draft BBL to be stewarded by the leadership of both Houses of Congress through a legislative process and thereafter for ratification through plebiscite,” Deles said.
She added that the President is determined to wield the democratic process to install the Bangsamoro as a partner in ensuring common prosperity, collective security and good governance in the four corners of the Philippine archipelago.
“We in the government take our shared journey to peace through the Bangsamoro very seriously,” Deles said.
She made the remarks at the opening of the International Conference in Cotabato themed “Peace is Living Together: Religion and Cultures in Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation in Mindanao.”
The two-day conference was organized by the Archdiocese of Cotabato, the Community of Sant’ Egidio and the Muhammadiyah, with the support of the European Union, the Italian government and Notre Dame University.
“Peace is about coexistence and inclusion. In no way is it a one-way street. Peace is for all of us and, thus, requires a shared commitment from all of us as well,” Deles said.