Recto questions creation of 60 congs in Bangsamoro law
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Recto questions creation of 60 congs in Bangsamoro law

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Senator Ralph Recto will not let the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) pass without modifying contentious provisions, including the creation of a 60-member Bangsamoro parliament.
“Kailangan ba talaga 60 members ang Bangsamoro parliament? Bakit hindi i-trim down to 40, and let the savings be used to fund health? After all, the region needs more doctors, not lawmakers,” Recto, a member of President Benigno Aquino III’s Liberal Party, said.
“Sa usapin ng intergovernmental relations, why the need for a superbody called the Philippine Congress-Bangsamoro Parliament Forum that will harmonize legislation affecting the region?  Does this mean any bill affecting the region will have to be cleared with this superbody?” he added.
Senate discussions on the BBL have been put to a halt following the Mamasapano encounter between government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Recto said several provisions in the Bangsamoro law must be revised so that the final version will be acceptable to the “country, the citizenry and the Constitution.”
“If the law is vague, then conflicts will arise during implementation, the resolution of which may be left for the courts to settle. Ayaw naman natin ng isang batas na puputaktihin ng mga kaso sa korte o namumuro ng TROs,” he said.
Borrowing a famous movie title, Recto said the BBL has “many shades of gray” which needs to be “recalibrated.”
Recto said another “contentious” issue is in the area of “financing the peace.”
“On the first year alone of the Bangsamoro establishment, the projected minimum cost is P75 billion,” Recto said, citing official estimates on the fiscal impact of the creation of the Moro sub-state in Mindanao.

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