“In my view, BBL is unconstitutional because it violates what the Constitution provides for as the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country. Those are the guidelines set by the Constitution in providing for autonomous regions for regional autonomy,” Senator Miriam Santiago said in an interview with the press February 12.
Santiago is the chair of Senate committee Constitutional Amendments, one of the three committees tasked to tackle Bangsamoro Basic Law.
“It’s obvious that in the contemplation of the Constitution, the territorial units of our country are provinces, cities, barangays, municipalities, and autonomous regions. There’s no mention at all of a sub-state,” she added.
Another reason why the senator thinks it’s unconstitutional is “the results of the deliberations in the congress, will be submitted to a plebiscite participated in only by the people of Bangsamoro, not to the entire country, that is contrary to what the constitution provides.”
The lady Senator said the senate can fine-tune BBL, “but the problem is that our dialogue partner has already proved that they cannot be trusted.”
“How can we pass a law to accommodate the wishes of our partner who is not in good faith?”