GPH, MILF panels seek more time to prepare draft Bangsamoro bill

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Monday, August 18, 2014


THE government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels have sought for more time to prepare the final draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), as they failed to submit it to President Benigno Aquino III on Monday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said this was the information relayed to him by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles when asked if both panels would submit the draft bill to the President based on their August 18 target.

"Ayon kay Secretary Ging Deles, lahat ng mahahalagang isyu ay natalakay at nailinaw na. Ang ginagawa lang ng magkabilang panig ngayon ay inihahanda ‘yung mismong draft Bangsamoro Basic Law na ihahain sa Tanggapan ng Pangulo," he said in a press briefing.

But Deles did not indicate any specific date as to when the final version of the bill would be submitted to the President for his review before he forwards it to Congress.

However, Coloma said the submission could take place within this week.

"The parties are targeting submission of final draft to President within the week and submission to Congress by the end of August," he said, further quoting Deles.

The Palace official said there was nothing to be worried about despite the delay again in the submission of the draft to the President.

"Hindi tayo dapat maligalig dahil ayon na nga sa magkabilang panig, ay natalakay na at napagkasundo na ang mga pinakamahahalagang usapin," he said, stressing also that the leadership of both the Senate and the House of Representatives have expressed their support for the early passage of the draft BBL. (SDR/Sunnex)

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