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Wala nang atrasan: Congressional leaders commit to passing BBL by May 30

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Top leaders from the Senate and House of Representatives have committed to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by May 30, or days before they adjourn.

Lawmakers relayed their timetable for the proposed BBL’s passage to Duterte during a joint command conference meeting in Malacañang Tuesday (March 13).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte had stressed the urgency of approving the bill during his talk with lawmakers.

“We cannot fail on this (BBL) The next generation is counting on us,” Roque quoted Duterte as saying.

It was suggested that the Constitutional Commission, which is currently reviewing the 1987 Constitution, can provide the template for the proposed BBL.

The proposal seeks to formalize the creation of a new political entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The lawmakers who attended the meeting with Duterte were Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III, Senators Panfilo Lacson and Gringo Honasan, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and Reps. Bai Sandra Sema, Jun Papandayan, Romeo Acop, Ruby Sahali and Amado Espino Jr.