By Zea C. Capistrano
Davao City – The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will remain a priority of the Duterte administration even after the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) did not include it among the 28 priority bills in its Common Legislative Agenda (CLA).
This was the assurance given to Presidential Adviser Jesus Dureza by Presidential Legislative Liaison Office head Secretary Adelino Sitoy after he asked why the BBL was not among the priority bills included in the CLA.
“I got several queries why the recent LEDAC released list of priority bills in Congress does not include the bill for the BBL. I also asked the same question,” Dureza said.
According to Dureza, Sitoy clarified that the 28 priority bills that were included in the LEDAC’s CLA last August 29 were actually “pending bills that had been filed earlier.”
Dureza said Sitoy assured him that the BBL, which was completed by the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission last June 16 and submitted to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on July 17, has already been transmitted by Malacañang to the Congress.
As such, “(the BBL) will still be calendared for LEDAC consideration sometime middle of September as a priority bill.”
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella has also given the same assurance that “despite not being on the (LEDAC) list, BBL is still a priority measure.”
“Alam mo, wala siya dito sa binigay na listahan (You know, the BBL was not included this list). But I’m sure it is priority. I’m sure it is of high concern,” Abella told reporters in Malacañang.
BBL seeks to establish the new political entity called the Bangsamoro which will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.