Ferdinand Marcos Jr. chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government handling BBL, said he hasn’t heard any sufficient justification on the constant refrain coming from the Palace telling Congress to pass BBL before it adjourns on June 11.
“The more we study it the more complicated it turns out. And that is the nature of what we are trying to do. And we do not shirk from the responsibility of taking us through the details, the historical perspectives and the different agreements that have been arrived at in many many years of negotiation after the fighting,” said Marcos.
“But we need the time to do it in properly. So I think it is time to stop talking about deadlines, it is time to stop talking about rushing the legislative process on something so complicated, so complex, so noble and so important,” Marcos added.
Marcos noted, “the Framework Agreement (on the Bangsamoro), the Comprehensive Agreement (on Bangsamoro) and the drafting of the BBL were done with very little involvement by the MNLF.”
“Clearly, the MNLF feels that they have a part to play; it is an opinion that I agree with,” he said.
The right time to present its version of the BBL is “when we feel we are comfortable that we have gotten it right,” Marcos said.
According to him, another hearing will be conducted on May 25 for the Sultanates and the indigenous people of Mindanao, and another one at a latter date for local executives in areas within or near the core territories of Bangsamoro before they can sit down to prepare the committee report on BBL.