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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

House panel approves TRAIN 2 substitute bill

The House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday approved a substitute bill of the Duterte administration’s proposed corporate tax reform program......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Bicam Approves Final Version of Bangsamoro Basic Law

The congressional bicameral conference committee on Wednesday night approved the final version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which was renamed as the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The bicameral panel, under the leadership of House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, was able […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Bicam panel OKs measure creating Bangsamoro Autonomous Region

  One year to the day of the submission of the draft measure to Congress, a bicameral panel approved on Wednesday night the final version of the Bangsamoro Organic Law that is seen as a crucial component to bringing peace and development to Mindanao.   The conference committee's report on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be submitted to the Senate and the House of Representatives for ratification on July 23 before it is signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.   No date has been set for the signing.   The approval came after six days of marathon hearings marked by intense discussions that necessitated an intervention from the ...Keep on reading: Bicam panel OKs measure creating Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 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

House move to urge PRRD to resume talks with Reds hailed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sep) – House Resolution 1803 adopted by the House Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity on September 12 calling on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to resume the stalled peace talks between government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is a positive move. NDFP negotiating panel […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

House approves Trabaho bill on 2nd reading

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers approved on 2nd reading the second batch of tax reforms being proposed by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and Higher Quality Opportunities (Trabaho) bill. The House of Representatives gave its approval to House Bill (HB) No. 8083 on Tuesday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Lorenzana on alleged CIA plot to kill Duterte: ‘Maybe he read that in books’

Asked to comment on President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) should be blamed if he gets killed, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the President may have been referring to past alleged CIA-backed assassinations documented in books. The question was posed by Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate during the House Committee on Appropriations hearing on DND's budget on Wednesday. "Mr. Chair, I think, the President kasi loves to read books.He reads a lot of books. In fact, when he has a book that is new and good, he gives us copies of the book," Lorenzana said. "Siguro nabasa niya iyong (Maybe he read t...Keep on reading: Lorenzana on alleged CIA plot to kill Duterte: ‘Maybe he read that in books’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

House panel approves P447-M OVP budget for 2019 - Rappler

House panel approves P447-M OVP budget for 2019 - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

House justice panel vows ‘greatest impartiality’

While many of them are not lawyers, the 55-member justice committee of the House of Representatives will judiciously handle the impeachment complaints brought against seven justices of the Supreme Court, according to the committee's chair, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador Leachon. In a news briefing on Monday, Leachon said arguing over the legality of Teresita Leonardo-de Castro's designation as Chief Justice was "moot and academic." President Duterte, he noted, made the appointment before the committee could formally receive the impeachment complaints against De Castro and six of her colleagues. Not yet pending Leachon said his panel was expecting the office of Speaker Gloria ...Keep on reading: House justice panel vows ‘greatest impartiality’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Pass universal healthcare bill, Palace urges Senate

MALACANANG on Thursday urged the Senate to pass the proposed measure aiming to provide universal healthcare coverage for Filipinos, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for its quick passage. In a radio interview, Palace spokesman Harry Roque expressed hope that the Senate would “do the same” after the House of Representatives passed its version of the [...] The post Pass universal healthcare bill, Palace urges Senate appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Proposed Bangsamoro law ratified, awaits President Duterte’s signature

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) —  The House of Representatives on Tuesday ratified the report of the Bicameral Conference Committee on the final version of the proposed Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  (OLBARMM) which the Senate already ratified Monday morning. President Rodrigo Duterte was supposed to have signed it […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

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