Saturday, May 24, 2014

President Aquino now following-up draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

From the Philippine News Agency (May 24): President Aquino now following-up draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

President Benigno S. Aquino III is now following-up the progress of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft which will be submitted to Congress for ratification, a Malacanang official said Saturday.

This follow-up came a month after receiving the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

It is currently with the Office of the President (OP).

“The president himself made several follow-ups with the legal team,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Valte further cited President Aquino previously saying that he was cognizant of the urgency but at the same time understood the task at hand.

“He is understanding of the task at hand,” she added.

The draft law will pave the way for a Bangsamoro political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

It can be recalled that President Aquino III, in his state of the nation address (SONA) last year, urged Congress to pass the BBL before 2014 ends.

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