GPH: No stalemate on Bangsamoro bill-A A +A
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
THERE is no stalemate in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a member of the government peace panel said.
Senen Bacani said that government negotiators are positive that the outstanding and contentious issues in the draft BBL can be harmonized soon.
"Let me clarify, there's no stalemate in the drafting of the BBL," he said in a peace forum organized by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University on Tuesday.
He said that both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are intent on finding mutually acceptable formulations.
"Once the President is comfortable with the draft bill, he will submit it to Congress," Bacani said. He also explained the legislative process a bill typically undergoes prior to enactment into law.
Bacani said he is confident that the current differences in the draft bill are "reconcilable."
He said some of the issues with the BBL that the panels are trying to solve involve finding the right legal language that will embody the principles of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that was signed by the parties in Malacanang on March 27.
Both panels, he said, are very careful as they went over from paragraph to paragraph.
Bacani said the tedious pace should not be seen as delaying the process, but rather, a characteristic of a process where parties would need to achieve common understanding and appreciation of their respective concerns so that the end product would be jointly upheld.
"I think a few days and a few weeks here and there should not matter too much as long as the end-goal is achieved," Bacani said, justifying the time that the panels need in completing the review.
The BBL serves as the legal document of the CAB, which is a result of more than 17 years of negotiations as the parties vowed to end the decades-old conflict in the south.
When passed into law and ratified in a plebiscite in the core territory, the BBL will establish the Bangsamoro government in Mindanao as envisioned in the southern peace deal. (SDR/Sunnex)