Palace welcomes junking of case vs BBL

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MALACANANG on Wednesday welcomed the recent junking of a petition lodged before the Supreme Court (SC) against the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying it will give the government more room for improving the measure.

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“The SC decision allows us to focus attention on enacting a BBL that is key to attaining long-term peace and progress in Mindanao,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a text message.

“We continue to discuss and consult with stakeholders who believe in the urgency of enacting the BBL,” he added.

The petition was dismissed by the SC for being premature, according to lawyer Theodore Te. The SC spokesman was referring to the motion filed by a certain Rolando Mijares.

The High Court, moreover, ordered the Philippine government to comment within 10 days on two separate petitions seeking to void two agreements it had signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), namely the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

The FAB, which was signed in 2012, calls for the creation of an autonomous political entity to replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The agreement served as the basis in drafting the proposed BBL.

The petitions were filed by the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) and former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras

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