Where’s the cash? Lawmakers deny BBL bribe

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Allies of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in Congress denied receiving cash in exchange for their vote to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Representatives Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar and Edgar Erice of Caloocan City said it is not in the president’s nature to bribe, following reports that each member of the House of Representative got P29 million while each senator was given P50 million in exchange for their favorable vote for the BBL.

“There’s nothing. We didn’t even see the shadow of that amount of money,” Evardone, vice chairman of the House Appropriations panel, said.

“The President is being dragged into intrigues because he is determined to push for the peace process. They are maligning the BBL,” Erice said.


He lamented that such false claims only seek to slander the name of lawmakers who will vote for the passage of the measure.

Aquino had prodded Congress to pass the Bangsamoro bill, warning that lawmakers may end up counting body bags if the measure is not passed.

Opposition lawmakers earlier said the convening of a peace council will not guarantee the passage of the BBL because the people no longer trust the president and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) following the killing of 44 police commandos by MILF fighters in Maguindanao in January.

Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said the fate of the BBL depends on Congress and ultimately, the Supreme Court, which will rule on its legality.

Former Speaker Jose de Venecia also said four key provisions of the draft BBL which critics deemed unconstitutional should be revised or removed if its proponents want the framework agreement to move forward.

“The BBL needs to be revised or removed for running counter to the Constitution, otherwise, the Supreme Court will simply strike it down,” de Venecia told reporters during the launch of Turkish Airline at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday night.

De Venecia said the four key provisions are the creation of constitutional bodies, funding for the Bangsamoro region, the justice system and the creation of a regional police command.

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  1. apolonio reyes on

    Evaodone and Erice, where were you when CJ Corona when all of the Tongressmen who signed the impeachement without reading except one, di ba Evardone & Erice? Tell your story to the Marines as the Tongressmen who went to Shangrila Hotel after they impeached CJ Corona got P10M PDAF and the SENATONGS WHO VOTED TO IMPEACH CJ CORONA GOT NO LESS THAN P50M DAP EACH SOME EVEN P99M as exposed by Sen, Jingoy Estrada, di ba Erice at Evardone? Papaano nyo masasabi ito na ” it is not the president’s true nature to bribed .? Ano ba ang true nature ni president at baka gayahin din ng susunod na president at mas matindi pa, Evardone & Erice?

  2. Of course you won’t see the money at this time. the logic is “pass the BBL first and you will have your money later”.. don’t you ever learned how it works in the Corona trial?..alam naman namin ang mga kara ninyong mga politician eh! why act as if you are innocent and pure?
    Malaysia was and still is the main financier of MILF, they are also in the terrorism business. you can see it in terms of manpower (Marwan),the terrorism in Indonesia, south of Thailand, Financing the MNLF and MILF in our south, the supply of centrifuge for nuclear bomb in Iran.. in short, Malaysia is in a BAD business, a Bad neighbor.

  3. We all know Aquino gives Congress cash in exchange for their vote in his favor. The BBL (Big Bonus Loot) will get to those who vote his way.

  4. Allies of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in Congress denied receiving cash in exchange for their vote to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Huwag na natin pag usapan kung magkano kay Aquino at sa mga tao nya ang nakuha dito sa BBL. Ang gusto ni Aquino ay may maiwan na “legacy” bago man lang sya bumaba sa pagiging pangulo at Tawaging “Lame Duck President” of all time. Kaya pilit nyang pinapa aproban ang BBL para may masabi sya na nagkaroon ng peace process sa pagitan ng MILF at AFP sa Mindanao sa adminstration nya para maipagmalaki nya sa magiging apo nya kung magkakaroon nga, ang tanong bakit sa MILF lang bakit hindi isinama ang MNLF,BIFF at kung ano ano pang “F” may sagot dyan si Aquino sa susunod na adminstration na yan usapan na namin yan ni Roxas sa kanya ang BIFF katulad ng kay Ramos na MNLF para mas masaya, kung magkano ang ibibigay nya sa BIFF at kung ano ang magiging tawag paghahandaan na nya yun basta ang sa akin (Aquino) MILF for the tune of 70 billion a year masaya di ba!

  5. Nancy Bulok Cake on

    Kung si Binay, puwede pa. Mahili kasi ag mga Biays na daanin lahat sa pera. Pati CourAppeals kasama sa payroll ng mga Binays.

  6. eltee mulawin on

    Representatives Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar and Edgar Erice of Caloocan City said it is not in the president’s nature to bribe, following reports that each member of the House of Representative got P29 million while each senator was given P50 million in exchange for their favorable vote for the BBL.

    >>> I agree with Mr Evardone. KASI HINDI NAMAN MANGYAYARI NA PERSONAL NA ISUSUHOL AT IAABOT NI ABNOY ANG PERA. SI MR. EVARDONE TILA MAY AMNESIA NA RIN o NAHAHAWA AT NATUTUYO NA RIN ANG UTAK NIYA. AT TILA NAKALIMUTAN NA KUNG PAANO GINAWA AT PINATUPAD ANG ” DAP AT PDAF”.
    AT NAKALIMUTAN NA RIN NI MR. EVARDONE, NA ANG 2015 BUDGET AY PUNONG PUNO NG PERA NA KUKURAKUTIN SA KABAN NG BAYAN.

  7. eltee mulawin on

    Aquino had prodded Congress to pass the Bangsamoro bill, warning that lawmakers may end up counting body bags if the measure is not passed.

    >>> napakatanga at saksakan inutil na talaga itong BSC-Aquino3rd. Bakit ano ba ang nangyayari noon, kasalukuyan at sa darating na panahon sa Mindanao, sa Visayas at Luzon kapag may sagupan sa pagitan ng militar at rebelde o terrorista tulad ng MILF+BIFF+ASG.
    Ang kailangan at tamang gawin ng mga taong bayan ay ANG KATAWAN Ni BSC-AQUINO3RD ANG ILAGAY SA PASTIC BAG at mga DOGGIES, AT IPALUTANG SA PHILIPPINE WESTERN SEA DOON SA SPRATLY ISLANDS.