Senator Marcos suspends hearings related to passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law

“I decided to suspend indefinitely all discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law until this is clarified,” says Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chair of the Senate committee on local government.

“We cannot, in conscience, proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the south. A peace agreement cannot be legislated under the threat of such extreme violence. Violence has no room in a civilized society,” the senator said today.

On the other hand, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes pushed through with its public hearing today to tackle topics on Bangsamoro Basic Law’s constitutionality. First is legislation v. constitutional change; (2) checks and balances in the national government v. none in the BBL; (3) sovereignty v. sub-state; and (4) territorial integrity v. functional division.

Marcos’ committee is the lead committee tackling the law, while Santiago’s committee, using a debate format, is focused on the constitutionality of the law.