Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd has to be enlightened on the process of passing the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, crafted a substitute Bangsamoro bill but it was not approved by Congress for lack of time.
Aquino blamed the non-passage of the measure to Marcos and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile who he said conspired to block the bill.
“Siguro mayroon dapat ipaliwanag kay Pangulo na ang BBL na dine-deliberate naming batas, ‘yun ay batas na local application. Ibig sabihin, pang-local na batas. Ang rules namin kapag local application kailangan hintayin matapos sa House of Representatives bago namin puwedeng iboto (o pagbotohan sa Senado) (Maybe it should be explained to the president that BBL is a measure for local application. This means that the rules mandate that we have to wait for the House of the Representatives before we can vote on the bill),” the lawmaker said in an interview with Mike Enriquez during the program “Ikaw na ba? over radio dzBB yesterday morning.
Marcos likened the passage of BBL to the passage of the national budget. He said the Senate can not vote on the bill if the House has not passed its version and transmitted it to the Senate.