PHL remains committed to enacting Bangsamoro law

By Leslie D. Venzon

MANILA, July 23 (PNA) — The government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) remain committed to enacting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that adheres to the Constitution, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO)Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. stressed this amid points of differences between members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which is preparing the draft law.

Coloma said some members disagree about changes on the BBL proposed by the legal team of the Office of the President.

“Batid natin na sa kasalukuyang proseso, nirerepaso ng Tanggapan ng Pangulo ito sapagka’t kinakailangang maging naaayon ito doon sa Konstitusyon at sa mga umiiral na batas bago ito sertipikahan ng ating Pangulo,” he said in a television interview.

Coloma said the discussion and consultation process on the draft BBL between the negotiating panels continues.

“At hindi naman natitinag doon sa layunin na kinakailangang makapagpasa ng isang Bangsamoro Basic Law na magiging batayan ng isang plebisito at ito ang hahantong doon sa pagkakaroon ng eleksiyon para sa Bangsamoro Political Entity sa 2016,” he added.

Citing GPH panel chair Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Coloma earlier said the BBL must necessarily be constitutional. (PNA)