Congress to exert
effort to pass draft Bangsamoro Law in January, says Palace
MANILA, Dec 17 -- Leaders of Congress have assured that they will exert
all efforts to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) when sessions
resume in January after their month-long holiday break, Malacañang said on
In a statement, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the
government is closely coordinating with Congress to thresh out concerns
about the measure.
“We have been informed by Congress leaders that efforts will be exerted to
pass the BBL when Congress resumes its sessions in January,” he said.
The House of Representatives is set to adjourn its session on December 19
and resume on January 19.
During his meeting with legislators in Malacañang last December 8, President
Benigno S. Aquino III urged them to pass the BBL before Congress goes on
During the meeting, the President asked the lawmakers to rise to the
challenge of being able to “change the narrative”, referring to the cycle of
violence and poverty that has stalled peace and progress in Mindanao.
The proposed BBL was originally transmitted to both the House of
Representatives and the Senate in September 2014. The measure seeks to
establish a new autonomous entity to replace the current Autonomous Region
in Muslim Mindanao. (PCOO)