Senate leadership admits BBL is dead


THE Senate leadership on Monday admitted that it cannot pass the chamber’s version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but it doesn’t mean that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is dead.

“I think it is to the national interest that whoever is the next president should pursue the peace process,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said in an interview.
Congress is set to adjourn on February 5.

Drilon admitted that he is not sure if they can still tackle the proposed bill when they resume session in May.

“When we resume (session) it will be as a National Board of Canvassers. Whether or not we can resume sessions for purposes of the bills that are pending is beyond me to predict at this point,” he added.

Drilon said the bill should be refiled in the 17th Congress and the chairman of the committee on local government can incorporate by reference all the testimonies of the resource persons in the 16th Congress or the documents.


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