ZUBIRI: SOME POLITICAL FAMILIES TO DERAIL BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

bbl 2Angry with him for pushing BBL

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri bared Thursday that some political families are angry with him for pushing the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and claimed that they want to derail it by questioning it before the Supreme Court when it is passed into law.

“Alam ko may mga political families na nagagalit sa akin ngayon pero dapat mangibabaw ang peace. I apologize to them but I want to do what is right. We have to look at the long-term solution,” Zubiri said during the weekly news forum Kapihan sa Senado.

He said the some families do not want the BBL as it would change the status quo and give power to other people.

He, however, did not name these families.

“I’m sure merong magfa-file laban dito [BBL] sa Supreme Court.  There are political clans who want to see this derailed, there are certain groups that don’t want to see this approved as it will change the landscape of the Bangsamoro and will empower more party list advocates,” he said.

The senator said this is the reason both houses of Congress should strive to agree on a BBL that complies with the Constitution.

“Kaya dapat ang gagawin namin sa bicam ay maayos, kasi kapag hindi talagang magkakagulo dahil ito ang huling hakbang ng gobyerno sa peace agreement para i-surrender ng MILF ang kanilang armas and they will sign the peace agreement,” he said.

“Kung ma-strike down ito ng SC, definitely madedelikado ang kapayapaan ng Mindanao. Kaya mahalaga sa July 9 to13 kaming mga senador at kongresista sama-sama kami in one vision that we must pass a Constitution-compliant BBL,” he added.

Zubiri said that senators and House members are committed to finish the BBL before July 23, when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address.

“We are committed to finish it. Usually ang bicameral conference committee meeting ay hindi tumatagal ng dalawang araw, but we were given five days. Magkakaroon ng konting initan, konting sama ng loob, but I am sure we will pass the BBL. We are committed to finally sit down with this group and sign the final peace agreement. When the President signs it into law on July 23, it will be historic,” he said.

Aside from Zubiri, other members of the Senate contingent are Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Aquilino Pimentel III, Juan Edgardo Angara, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Francis Escudero, Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, and Loren Legarda.

The House contingent includes House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Representatives Pedro Acharon Jr., Mauyag Papandayan Jr., Ruby Sahali, Bai Sandra Sema, Juan Pablo Bondoc, Arthur Defensor Jr., Johnny Pimentel, Eugene Michael de Vera, Rodolfo Albano III, Amihilda Sangcopan, Wilter Palma II, Celso Lobregat, Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo, Abdullah Dimaporo, Romeo Acop, Seth Frederick Jalosjos, and Shernee Abubakar Tan.

Zubiri said the Bangsamoro Transition Commission may not be satisfied with the Senate and House-approved versions of the BBL, but he assured them that the Congress will pass a bill that will be upheld by the SC.

“They are not happy with the House and Senate but we can’t approve their version en toto. They are not lawmakers; many of them are advocates for different advocacies. In lawmaking, whatever you file is not the exact measure that will come out in third and final reading, lalo na sa bicam,” he said.

“I am appealing to BTC na huwag sana silang magtampo o magalit, we feel na ang version na naipasa natin sa Senate ay constitutionally compliant. Mas nakakasama ‘yung i-strike down ng SC. I don’t believe it’s watered down. It is a stronger BBL,” he added.GMANEWSONLINE

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