Senate LPs could railroad LBM aka BBL


THERE’S a move to deodorize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by renaming it. I suggest that it be named the Law on the Bangsa Moro (LBM).

Sen. Bongbong Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, said that his panel would review thoroughly the proposed LBM. I hate to be a wet blanket but I fear there’s nothing he could do once the “Defenders of the Faith” in the Senate come barreling in to ensure the passage of the Malacañang certified bill drawn by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. (And Malaysians).

Sure, a committee chairman is supposed to be the “king” within his sphere but he could be rendered powerless by a determined push by the Liberal Party and their allies in the Senate. Senator Marcos may propose to even shelve the LBM but the LPs can always resurrect it, and to hell with the committee system. There’s a precedent to this, also with Marcos and the Senate LPs as principal characters.

In June 2011, Marcos who headed the same committee, rejected in a committee report the bills of the House and of Sen. Franklin Drilon seeking to defer the upcoming election at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). He explained that the committee hearings he conducted in the ARMM provinces showed an almost unanimous opposition by leaders in the region to the postponement of the ARMM election. In accordance with the Senate rule on rejected measures, Marcos moved to archive the committee report and the two bills.

It was then that the “Defenders of the Faith” in the Senate moved in, and there could be no greater defender than Drilon. They ran roughshod over the tradition-steeped committee system by invoking the never used Rule XI Section 30 of the Reports and Meetings of Committees.

This rule states: “If the reports submitted are unfavorable, they shall be transmitted to the Archives of the Senate together with the matters to which they refer, unless five Senators shall in the following session move for their inclusion in the Calendar for Ordinary Business, in which case the President shall so order.”

Previous to June 2011, this old-time Congress Insider was never aware of any other occasion when this rule was ever used and for good reason – it’s an affront to the committee that had submitted a report after several public hearings. Ah, but this meant nothing to the “Defenders of the Faith” hell-bent on ramming through a Malacañang-certified measure. The archives is the graveyard of the legislature but with the help of five other senators, Drilon resurrected his bill and brought it to the floor. Incidentally, his bill was a virtual carbon copy of the House-approved measure.

Until now, I’m still aghast at the show of brute force by the LPs on this matter. What was discussed on the floor wasn’t the report of the Senate Committee on Local Governments but the bill of Drilon.  Traditionally, bills on related subject are consolidated in a committee report and it’s this committee report that should reach the floor. Drilon’s bill on the ARMM election was the first and probably the last bill that was ever discussed in plenary.  Drilon sponsored his own bill although he wasn’t the chairman of the Committee on Local Governments.

If you think those violations of parliamentary procedures weren’t blatant enough, Drilon didn’t even bother to conduct new public hearings on the resetting of the ARMM elections. When he was reminded that Marcos had already conducted public hearings, Drilon said that he couldn’t be swayed by the results of those public hearings. Sure, he could be swayed only by the voice of Malacañang.

President BS Aquino The Last was ecstatic over the final passage of the bill resetting the ARMM election. The measure gave him the authority to appoint an ARMM officer-in-charge and he said he would name one with no intention of running for ARMM governor. He then named Party-List Rep. Mujid Hattaman as O-I-C of ARMM.

In a later development that remarkably demonstrated that BS Aquino’s word cannot be trusted, he later endorsed Hattaman as LP candidate for ARMM governor when the regional election pushed through in May 2013.

Going back to Marcos, I hope he won’t allow Drilon and the Malacañang acolytes to insult him a second time on the LBM. He has said that the measure needs a lot of amendments by deletion or substitution and it’s evident that Malacañang will never allow this to happen. Now, should the Senate LPs trample on the committee system once again, it should be time for Marcos to quit his committee post.


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  1. If this LBM (Law of the Bangsa Moro, or, Loose Bowel Movement – take your pick) ever passes the senate through brute force (and therefore roughshod over the Comm. of Local Govts using Rule XI, Sec.20), people will begin to see the naked tyranny of this administration – and create a “David vs.Goliath” scenario that they can identify and rally to! Historically, we Filipinos are a patient people, but we can also discern when we’re being had!

    Yes. God bless the Philippines, for this will surely be a breach of sacred trust between our chosen leaders and the people, and who knows what will next happen?

  2. The moral ascendancy of the Liberal party is the biggest loser because of nonoy and his lackeys in the senate and congress. Gone are the respected leaders like Claro M. Recto and his likes. What a shame.

  3. I remembered the Thailander who was deported because he called the Filipinos “Pignoy.” He did apologize though later. But if he got a bright lawyer, he would have gone scot-free with the simple defense: that when he used the word “pignoy,” he was referring to Drilon only. The word would literary mean the “pig” of “noynoy” who gobbled up porks (PDAP and DAP) like a hungry pig.

  4. wow, i did not know this fact about lolo (NG) frankiski resurrecting the archived armm election law. i did opined in my previous comments that if makoy jr would proved to be immovable in his stand against the BaBaLa, the senate majority lap dance groupies would remove makoy jr as chair of the committee and/or maneuver in the bicameral committee to approve the boy sisi version of the BaBaLa

  5. Eddie de Leon on

    Loose Bowel Movement is what the de facto PCOS-produced and traitor president Abnoy has inflicted on our peple, society and Republic.
    May Almighty God stop him and his corrupt allies, principally Abad and the Cabinet members, and the leaders of the House of Reporesentative and of the Senate. May the majority of the senators in the end prove to be as patriotic as Claro M. Recto, Jose W. Diokno, and Jose B. Laurel.

  6. Of course, there are also Low IQ mentality in the Upper house even though they are in the Upper Chamber who are tuta with waggery tails of the administration. Let the committees chairpersons shelve the BBL for the moment when the administration TUTAs try to ram that pest BBL.We like peace with dignity and reason in accordance with our Beloved Constitution.

  7. P.Akialamiro on

    I am not surprised if Malacanang cannot hold on any postponement of the LBM which, actually, is the BBL. It’s really ‘difficult’, or “impossible’ to hold on a “loose” thing (like LBM). In physical parlance, one sweats and even ‘prays’ for a ‘dreaded’ possible embarassment. An embarassment that stinks!

    So, anyone who might try to hold it, might be accused of being an “A** H**e”. But, then again, in the case at hand, the BBL (or LBM) will have to be released, by stink or high water. Perhaps, previous concessions have been agreed to already, even before it was written.

    The effect of PDAF and DAP, to anything or anyone affectied by it, is overwhelmingly ‘loose’ that one cannot hold it.

    May God bless the Philippines.

  8. Rogelio C. Lim on

    Hindi lang si Marcos dapt mag-resign sa pagka chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Govenment kundi sa pagka Senador pag ginago na naman siya ni Drillon.

    • Bakit siya magreresign sa pagka-senador? E di lalo nang nawalan ng tagapagtanggol and bayan laban sa pananalasa nina Noynoy at mga LP. Maraming paraan para makaganti kay Drilon. Alam ni Marcos ang mga paraang iyan. Mayroong naaayon sa batas at mayroong hindi.