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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

Bicam expected to approve reconciled BBL bill Tuesday

The bicameral conference committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is set to resume on Tuesday its discussions on the measure and approve Congress' reconciled versions of the bills. Jointly presided by House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, the bicameral panel is expected to end its debates on the disagreeing provisions of House Bill 6475 and Senate Bill 1717. The debates started on July 9 and suspended deliberations of the law's 18 articles past midnight last Friday, July 13. Farias earlier said they would immediately forward the reconciled BBL version to President Rodrigo Duterte for his consideration. If Duterte appro...Keep on reading: Bicam expected to approve reconciled BBL bill Tuesday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Jaafar believes bicam version of BBL is not watered-down

    Congress' bicameral panel's version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not watered-down, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar saidon Thursday. Jaafar, who is also vice chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) central committee, said this a day after the bicameral conference panel on BBL decided to adopt House's proposed provision on the Bangsamoro territory and plebiscite, which states that local government units may join the envisioned region only if their mother province or town would also vote in favor of inclusion.   The decision came after President Rodrigo Duterte, along with his other legal men, convinced both...Keep on reading: Jaafar believes bicam version of BBL is not watered-down.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 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

DU30 may get final BBL version this week

THE bicameral conference committee is expected to submit this week to President Rodrigo Duterte the final version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for his approval. House Majority Floor Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas said the committee report on the harmonized and reconciled version of the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Bicam approves final Bangsamoro Basic Law version

The Senate and the House of Representatives agreed yesterday on the final version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Fariñas: Final Bangsamoro version out next week

THE Bicameral Conference panel on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic law (BBL) will approve its final version of the BBL on July 17, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of the House of Representatives said on Friday. Fariñas made the announcement a day after Chairman Ghazali Jaafar of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) accepted the bicameral conference committee’s amendment on [...] The post Fariñas: Final Bangsamoro version out next week appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

PRRD to Sign BBL Before SONA

Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte will sign into law the landmark Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this announcement after Duterte convinced leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives to adopt the House version of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Duterte breaks BBL impasse

President Rodrigo Duterte helped speed up the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Wednesday when he broke the impasse on the issue of territory, the Palace said. “[Malacañang is] pleased to announce that the President facilitated the passage of the BBL by convincing the two houses of congress to adopt the House version [...] The post Duterte breaks BBL impasse appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Duterte breaks deadlock on BBL jurisdiction

THE deadlock on the territorial jurisdiction of the proposed Bangsamoro region was finally resolved on Wednesday with the provisions of the House of Representatives being adopted in the final version of the bill......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

PSA urged to get ready for national ID

THE chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations yesterday urged the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to make a design and prepare for the full blast printing of the national identification (ID) card. Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, the panel chairman, pointed out that President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte is expected….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

House panel ready for draft new Charter

THE chairman of the House committee on constitutional amendments yesterday assured President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte that his panel will act on the proposed draft new Constitution of the 25-man Constitutional Commission (Con-Com) led by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno once it reaches Congress next month. Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

House ratifies national ID system bill

The House of Representatives ratifiedon Wednesdaynight the National Identification System bill which seeks to integrate multiple government IDs in the country. The lower chamber ratified the version adopted by the bicameral conference committee without objection. READ:Senate, House panels OKnationalIDsystem Following its ratification by both chambers of Congress, the measure would then be up for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature. If the President would not neither sign nor veto it, it would lapse into law after 30 days. The proposed measure seeks to integrate multiple government IDs by establishing a single national identification system to be known as the Philippine Identifi...Keep on reading: House ratifies national ID system bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

House approves BBL

Drilon introduces amendments in Senate version of peace bill VOTING 227 against 11 and two abstentions, the House of Representatives yesterday approved on third and final reading the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as it adjourned sine die. Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu presided the session when the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

House approves P1.16-B aid for Dengvaxia recipients

THE House of Representatives has approved the P1.16 billion supplemental budget to help first-time dengue victims who were injected with a defective vaccine. The Dengvaxia Assistance Fund was passed on third and final reading by 231 lawmakers before midnight on Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte certified the measure as urgent. The P1.16 billion is broken [...] The post House approves P1.16-B aid for Dengvaxia recipients appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

House mulls power for President to defer tax hike

THE HOUSE COMMITTEE on ways and means will study the option of giving President Rodrigo R. Duterte the power to suspend tax increases under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law amid concerns over elevated prices of consumer goods, the head of the panel said in a television interview on Monday. Despite Republic […] The post House mulls power for President to defer tax hike appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Palace: Duterte to certify BBL as urgent ‘anytime soon’

President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent "anytime soon," Malacaang saidon Tuesday.   But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President would only certify it as urgent if it conforms with what the administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels had agreed upon.   "The President promised to certify it. I cannot absolutely guarantee that the version of the House will be certified because I haven't seen the text. But if it's in conformity with what was agreed upon, then there should be no problem, the President will certify it," Roque said in a Palace briefing.   The Senate and House of R...Keep on reading: Palace: Duterte to certify BBL as urgent ‘anytime soon’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Joint House panels OK committee report for Duterte-backed BBL proposal

Three joint committees of the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the committee report on the bill on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to implement for a lasting peace in Mindanao. Source link link: Joint House panels OK committee report for Duterte-backed BBL proposal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018