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House panel approves Duterte-backed BBL version

While Muslim groups were holding a vigil, a joint committee of the House of Representatives approved yesterday the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that President Duterte wants to implement for a lasting peace in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 16th, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Palace backs original tax reform version

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte “stands by” the original version of the first of up to five tax reform packages, which now moves to the Senate for action after the House of Representatives approved a watered-down version of the Department of Finance (DoF)-backed bill......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 14th, 2017

Front Page: Palace backs original tax reform version

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte "stands by" the original version of the first of up to five tax reform packages, which now moves to the Senate for action after the House of Representatives approved a watered-down version of the Department of Finance (DoF)-backed bill......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 14th, 2017

House panel approves reso urging Duterte to continue peace talks

House panel approves reso urging Duterte to continue peace talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2017

TO THE POINT: Halal BBL Assured, Yet Hangs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) – Last Monday, April 16, the House joint panel, meeting to deliberate on the proposed amendments to the consolidated version of four proposals on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (House Bill Nos. 92, 6121, 6263 and 6475), shelved the consolidated version and adopted in toto HB 6475 – the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News9 hr. 54 min. ago

TO THE PONT: Halal BBL Assured, Yet Hangs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) – Last Monday, April 16, the House joint panel, meeting to deliberate on the proposed amendments to the consolidated version of four proposals on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (House Bill Nos. 92, 6121, 6263 and 6475), shelved the consolidated version and adopted in toto HB 6475 – the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News22 hr. 7 min. ago

House panel approves bill seeking to boost tourism resilience

With the impending six-month closure of Boracay Island starting April 26, the House of Representatives approved at the committee level House Bill 6093, which seeks to create the Tourism Resiliency Certification Program (TRCP).   The bill's author, Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, chair of the House tourism committee, said in a statement that the TRCP is expected to identify risks to the local tourism industry and prescribe compliance measures for Registered Tourism Enterprises (RTEs) and Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs).   When Gomez filed the bill in August last year, Boracay's environmental problems have yet to hit the headlines.   She noted, however, t...Keep on reading: House panel approves bill seeking to boost tourism resilience.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

House approves budget reform bill on final reading

The House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved on third and final reading the budget reform bill, which had been certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte. Voting 158-8 with one abstention, the lawmakers approved "An Act to Reform the Budget Process by Enforcing Greater Accountability in Public Financial Management (PFM), Promoting Fiscal Sustainability, Strengthening Congress' Power of the Purse, Instituting an Integrated PFM System, and Increasing Budget Transparency and Participation" (House Bill No. 7302). The proposed measure seeks to strengthen the oversight power of Congress by monitoring and reviewing actual performance and results against targets and by hold...Keep on reading: House approves budget reform bill on final reading.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

House OKs postponement of barangay, SK elections to October 2018

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The House of Representatives voted on Monday, March 19, to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for the 3rd time under the Duterte administration. Voting 164-27 the House approved an earlier panel consensus to postpone the elections, scheduled in May 2018, to October 2018. (The House originally ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

House approves divorce bill on final reading

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz THE House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a bill which seeks absolute divorce with a vote of 134-57-2 amid President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s rejection of the measure. House Bill 7303, sponsored by Cavite Rep. Sol Aragones, Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, and Gabriela Rep. Emmi De […] The post House approves divorce bill on final reading appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

House justice panel approves 6 Articles of Impeachment vs Sereno

THE justice committee of the House of Representatives has formally accused Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of six impeachable offenses anchored largely on her failure to submit her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth and usurping the collegial authority of the Supreme Court. This developed after 33 lawmakers voted in favor of the unnumbered House [...] The post House justice panel approves 6 Articles of Impeachment vs Sereno appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

House panel approves postponement of barangay, SK polls

House panel approves postponement of barangay, SK polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

House panel approves substitute bill on divorce

House panel approves substitute bill on divorce.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

Lawmaker pushes traffic czar creation

THE chairman of the House committee on transportation is eyeing the passage of the Traffic Crisis Act that will grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte when Congress resumes session on January 15. Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, the panel chairman, said the 292-man Lower Chamber is expected to jumpstart the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

House committee approves Church-decreed annulment

A PANEL of the House of Representatives has approved a substitute bill legalizing “church-decreed” annulment. The Committee on Population and Family Relations under Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones has approved the unnumbered Church-decreed annulment bill, which is a substitute for Deputy Speaker and Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia’s House Bill 1629 and Leyte Rep. Yedda Romualdez’s House [...] The post House committee approves Church-decreed annulment appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

House panel approves Filipino Sign Language bill

THE House Committee on Social Services has approved a substitute measure seeking to declare the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language of the Filipino deaf and the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf, and mandating its use in schools, broadcast media, and….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

House, Senate ratify TRAIN tax bill

(UPDATED) As its final act before adjourning for the year, the House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill, the first tax measure under the Duterte administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

House panel approves bill on additional benefits for PWDs

A COMMITTEE at the House of Representatives has approved an unnumbered substitute bill providing for additional privileges to persons with disability (PWDs). The Committee on Social Services approved the bill amending Sections 5 and 32 of Republic Act (RA) 7277 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability. Under the bill, at least two percent [...] The post House panel approves bill on additional benefits for PWDs appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

House panel approves PCGG abolition

House panel approves PCGG abolition.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

House panel OKs increase in gov’t travel allowance

A House panel has approved a resolution increasing the local travel allowance of government officials and personnel. In approving House Resolution 243, the House Committee on Appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order increasing the daily local travel allowance of….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017