Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday said Malacañang should not worry about the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress since legislators can have the new law ready within the timeline set by the Palace.
However, the senator said the passage of the BBL may spawn a “legal storm.”
Marcos, chairman of the Senate local government committee, said he expects Congress to pass the BBL within the end of this year or early next year.
Although some lawmakers already vowed to thoroughly scrutinize the proposed BBL
and make sure that every provision in the law is in compliance with the Philippine Constitution, Marcos expressed confidence that Congress would be able to pass it on time and have it ready for President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s signing.
Marcos said he also wants to see a permanent peace in Mindanao and the recent signing of the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has brought the country closer to achieving that aspiration.
“I am for peace in Mindanao. Everybody is for peace; nobody is against peace and everyone is supportive of the move,” he stressed.
Under the peace pact, the BLL is required for the establishment of the Bangsamoro entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
The Bangsamoro Transition Commission is set to finish the draft of the BBL and will submit it to Congress next month.
Marcos said the Senate is ready to discuss and scrutinize the BBL draft once it resumes session on May 5.
However, he said Malacañang should brace itself for a “legal storm.”
According to the senator, there will be some groups or persons who will challenge the constitutionality of the BBL at the Supreme Court (BBL) particularly on the issue of sovereignty.
Marcos was referring to the recent statement of Senator Miriam Santiago that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is unconstitutional because it violates the principle of constitutional supremacy.
Santiago, a constitutional law expert, said the peace agreement allows the putting up of a substate, which is against the Constitution.