The House of Representatives passed the substitute bill of the Bangsamoro Basic law which seeks to abolish the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM replacing it with a new Bangsamoro Region.
On Wednesday, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas moved to replace HB 6475 as a whole with the substitute bill and without any opposing lawmaker.
Voting 227 in favor, 11 against and 2 abstained; the plenary approved the substitute bill which aims to resolve the perennial problem of rebellion in the Mindanao Region.
Lawmakers who voted against the measure include Makabayan Bloc Members Representatives Arlene Brosas, Antonio Tinio, Sarah Elago, France Castro, Carlos Zarate and Ariel Casilao.
Representative’s Edcel Lagman, Maximo Rodriguez, Isagani Amatong and, Manuel Jose Dalipe also voted against the bill while representatives Khalid Dimaporo and Celso Lobregat abstained in the voting.
Meanwhile, before the plenary decision was announced, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez gave an update on the contents of their final BBL draft.
However, the House’s version still needs to be reconciled with the draft of the bill coming from the senate in the bicam.
If approved in the congress, President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the measure into law in his upcoming State of the Nation Address in July.
The plebiscite will take effect not less than 90 days or later than 120 days after being signed into law and will be handled by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
Meanwhile, during the Jose Maria College’s Peace Initiatives Forum 2018: Leaders’ Summit in Davao City, Sec. Jesus Dureza the country’s Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said that the president’s certification on the proposed BBL is very important.
“Well it’s very, very positive dahil everybody was expecting na somehow we will meet some milestones in the BBL and the president which committed earlier was strongly delivered, the certification is very important yun in the Communist Party of the Philippines on going ang back-channel, this will be the last chance according to the president kapag ayaw nila, wala ng mangyari we’re walking the so-called extra mile.” – Sec. Jesus Dureza, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Report by: MJ Mondejar