By Genalyn Kabiling
The proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law has become a “collateral damage” of the leadership row in the House of Representatives, according to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza.
Dureza issued the statement after the Lower House adjourned its session without ratifying the administration’s priority bill in time for President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).
“The failure to ratify is unfortunate but it has nothing to do with the BOL itself. It was due to some leadership issues internal to the House of Representatives,” Dureza said.
He said the Bangsamoro bill’s non-ratification “had nothing to do at all with some substantive issues of the proposed law.”
“The BOL suffered this temporary setback as a ‘collateral damage’ to an internal leadership issue in the House but I trust and expect that in due time, the ratification which it deserves, will take place as a matter of course,” he added.
The President was supposed to sign the landmark Bangsamoro bill that aims to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), during his nationwide public address Monday.
The Senate earlier ratified the proposed Bangsamoro law hours ahead of the President’s SONA.