In a one-page letter to Pres. Duterte, dated May 23, 2018 and coursed through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the House of Representatives has formally requested that the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL or House Bill 6475 under committee report 758, “be certified as urgent by the administration.”
The letter was signed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.
Pantaleon Alvarez, House Speaker
“We aim to pass the said measure on third reading before the sine die adjournment of congress on June 2, 2018. Thus, we are hoping for your usual support as we work for the proper passage of the law.”
With only three session days left for congress next week, Malacañang’s certification of BBL as an urgent measure would allow the legislature to forego the “three-day rule” and approve the measure on second and third reading on the same day.
Last Tuesday, House leaders, the government’s peace panel and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission or BTC met to discuss the proposed amendments to the House version of the bill regarding concerns raised by lawmakers on the current draft of the proposed measure.
However, the BTC sought more time to discuss the proposed amendments and promised to go back to the House on Monday to present their position.
Following the meeting with the BTC, the house is expected to hold another all-member caucus and then proceed with the debates on the bill in the plenary.
Despite the delay, Speaker Alvarez remained confident that the house could pass the measure before congress adjourns.
It can be remembered that president Duterte has appealed to congress to pass BBL by May 30, as he stressed the crucial role of the proposed law in maintaining peace in Mindanao amid threats posed by radical Islamic groups.
Sotto on proposed BBL: We will apply the three-day rule
Senate President Vicente Tito Sotto III on Thursday said that they are serious on passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL on its three remaining sessions next week.
Sotto said that they are inclined to apply the three-day rule.
The senator has high hopes that it will be certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte to pass through its third and final reading and eventually discussed it through a bicam during its recess.”
Sotto reiterated that they will prioritize the Bangsamoro Basic Law than the impeachment complaint of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.