Seventeen senators sign Bongbong’s report containing substitute bill for BBL

Senate Committee on Local Government chairman Senator Bongbong Marcos filed, August 10, the committee report containing the substitute bill for the Malacañang-backed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The substitute Bangsamoro bill Senate Bill 2894, under Committee Report 200, titled “Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region,” is 100 pages containing 17 articles 215 sections.

“In fulfillment of my promise and in compliance with our agreement during the (senators’) caucus last week, I filed today the substitute bill which I firmly believe will establish a strong mechanism for peace in Mindanao,” Marcos said in a statement.

The Senator is set to deliver his speech sponsoring the bill on Wednesday as he vowed to answer questions to be raised by his colleagues in the subsequent interpellation period.

Approximately 80% of the original BBL were touched. “It does not mean that all the 80 percent have been removed. These are the provisions that either have been amended with minor amendments,” Marcos explained,” Marcos noted.

Marcos said at least 17 senators have already signed to the said committee report.

Marcos completed 12 public hearings and one briefing, which started on September 23, 2014, plus two separate hearings conducted by the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. The last hearing was on June 9.

“The number of hearings and resource persons speak for themselves. Contrary to the accusation that I was delaying the BBL, I, in fact, focused on it and we even worked during the recess (of the Senate). I’m confident that I will be vindicated by my proposed measure,” he said.