Bangsamoro Law will not be watered down – Mindanao solons

Jan. 25, 2015

Two solons from Mindanao expressed their confidence that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is currently under deliberation in both chambers of Congress, will not be watered down.

The House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro’s public hearings and consultations on the BBL will draw to a close this week.

“While the House might introduce some changes to improve the draft, we are confident that the final version of the bill will be faithful to the substance and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, and we will see to it that the BBL does exactly that,” said Deputy Speaker and Lanao 2nd district representative Pangalian Balindong in a statement Sunday.

Maguindanao 2nd district representative Sajid Mangudadatu also allayed fears that the BBL that Congress will pass “will be diluted” from the draft submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission to the President and the Congress.

“We will not agree to a diluted BBL,” Mangudadatu said.

The two solons said that there will be changes mostly coming “from the extensive consultations the Ad Hoc Committee conducted” but assured these were “made with the welfare of the Bangsamoro people in mind.”

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