THE Senate will start discussing its version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on August 17, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Thursday.
Drilon said plenary debates on Senator Ferdinand Marcos' substitute bill, the proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, will start after the senator sponsored it on Wednesday.
Majority of the 17 senators who signed the report submitted by Marcos' committee on local government expressed intention to interpellate or amend the substitute bill. Marcos vowed to answer questions that will be raised by his colleagues in the interpellation period.
The substitute bill consists of 17 articles and 215 sections while the original draft contained 18 articles and 244 sections.
The Senate Leader said all senators would ensure that the proposed measure would be constitutional and would serve long lasting peace to Mindanao.
"We will start the floor debate (on the substitute BBL) on Monday and we assure the public that our goals here are to make it consistent with the Constitution and achieve peace, have additional investment, and generate more jobs in Mindanao," Drilon said.
"That's our objectives and we will do our best to finish (the plenary debates) on the (proposed) Bangsamoro Basic Law as soon as possible," he added.
In his sponsorship speech on the draft Moro law, Marcos assured the public that his version of the Bangsamoro bill is "constitutional, all-embracing and inclusive."
Marcos said the substitute bill would protect the country's national interest and reserves to the national government its powers enshrined under the Constitution.
He added that it would also fulfill, to the extent that the Constitution and national sovereignty can allow, the desires of the Bangsamoro people for meaningful autonomy. (Sunnex)