Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said the proposed Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region is dead since Congress “just run out of time” to pass it.
On the last session day of Congress,Marcos said he hoped the administration would succeed next year.
“Whatever happens to the Basic Law, we have to continue the peace process,” said Marcos, who heads the Senate local government committee tackling the measure that seeks to create a new autonomous region in Mindanao to replace the existing Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
Yesterday the congress adjourned its session for a long-month Yuletide break without passing the draft law,the next sessions will resume on January 18 next year.
“Probably we can reasonably expect that in our short session in January that we can’t get a quorum in the House because I’m sure 99 percent of them will be candidates one thing or another so they will be campaigning,” Marcos said.
Marcos also said the House has “strong objections” to the Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR).
Marcos also doubted the Senate will be able to pass it next month because of the argument of Enrile that the BLBAR was considered a “bill of local application”.
“The rules are clear that any bill of local application needs to be approved in the House and transmitted to the Senate before we can deliberate on it and then vote on it,” the senator added. “If this is really a local bill, we have to wait for the House version,” he said.
source: Philippine Daily Inquirer