Deadlines shouldn’t force BBL passage–Binay
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Deadlines shouldn’t force BBL passage–Binay

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VICE President Jejomar Binay thinks that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) shouldn’t be dependent on deadlines.
“This is something that needs a lot of time. [This] must not be controlled by a deadline,” the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party leader and presidential aspirant told reporters in an interview following the celebrations of the 29th EDSA People Power anniversary.
” Kailangan dito hindi dali-dali, bigyan ng sapat na panahon, na hinog dahil sa pangyayari. Hindi dapat ito mangyari dahil sa may deadline (This should not be rushed, this should be given ample time and allow it to ripen. This shouldn’t be passed because there is a deadline). I don’t believe in that,” Binay said.
The House of Representatives (HOR) suspended talks on the BBL at the heels of the bloody January 25 Mamasapano Maguindanao clash which resulted to the death of 44 elite police commandos at the hands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas, who were reportedly assisted by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
But the Ad Hoc panel that tackled the draft BBL said it would resume its discussions on March 3, with a self-imposed deadline to pass the vital measure by June.
The 75-member panel would be hard-pressed to do so, since the BBL would have to be ratified through a plebiscite in time for the 2016 national elections.
“As what I’ve stated in the past, dapat ito ay magkaroon ng masusing pag-aaral. Kita mo, kung naaprubahan na ito, ang dami nating [naging] problema (This needs careful study. See, had this been approved, it would’ve given us lots of problems),” Binay added.
The BBL, originally slated for enactment next month, has repeatedly been assailed for its alleged constitutional infirmities.
The Mamasapano bloodbath also gave rise to apprehension that the MILF–the Philippine government’s partner in the Mindanao peace process–would turn into a rogue, uncontrollable force once the secessionist group is given greater autonomy under the BBL. (Randy K. Ortega)

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