Panels’ OK moves draft BBL report to caucus, plenary debate

The committee on Muslim affairs vote on the draft BBL report on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Roy Pelovello)

THE committees on local government, Muslim affairs and peace, reunification and unity approved the draft report on House Bill (HB) 6475 or the Bangsamoro Basic Law without amendment on Tuesday moving the measure to caucus and plenary debates.

The committee on local government voted 32-3 to approve the bill. The two other committees voted 27-3 each.

Amendments to the committee report will be accepted during caucus and plenary debates, according to Deputy Majority Leader Juan Pablo Bondoc.

Next, the report will be debated on in the plenary where additional amendments may be proposed and accepted. Afterwards, representatives will vote on the measure on second reading.

Bondoc assured lawmakers that there is no effort on the part of the leadership to muzzle anyone and that amendments will definitely be allowed at the proper time.

Zamboanga Rep. Celso Lobregat was one of those who voted no, noted too that Alvarez assured him that he wants a constitutionally compliant BBL.

HB 6475, which principally authored by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, seeks to abolish the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and establish a new Bangsamoro territory and government that would still be part of the Philippines.

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