BBL will still be tweaked

THE Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will still undergo finetuning in order for it to fit the present constitution of the country, a member of the government peace panel said.

“It will not be the case wherein the constitution will be changed in order to fit the law but it is the other way around wherein the law will be refined to conform to the constitution,” Lawyer Al Julkipli a member of the legal team assisting the GPH peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Annex Monday.

Julkipli said this as one of the primary concerns raised during their public consultations conducted.

He said that things in the BBL that are asked to specified are about the transition period and the entitlement of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) employees.

“Meron pa tayong flexibility, kasi both parties naman are mindful of the positions given with regards to the law (BBL),” Julkipli said.

He also added that the concerns raised about the BBL were just minor, although he did not enumerate what these are.

The ad hoc committee for BBL on the House of Representatives had already finished their nationwide public consultations and is set to have their last two consultations in Manila on January 19 and 20 followed by series of committee hearings and targets to present it to the plenary for second and third reading on February.

This is also being done simultaneously with the Senate, according to Jilkipli, who will also come up with their own version of BBL.
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