House Committee on BBL resets voting to May 18, 19, 20

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QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – The Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) on Monday night announced the resetting of its voting on the proposed law to May 18, 19 and 20, some three hours after Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Committee chair, asked before adjourning the meeting at around 4:45 p.m.: “Are we ready for tomorrow’s voting? Yes we are.”

Voting would be “section by section” and there would be no explanation of the vote as that would be done during the plenary, Rodriguez said.

But after a meeting with House leaders, Tuesday’s voting was cancelled and the new schedule is on May 18, 19 and 20.

May 18 was supposed to be the start of the plenary debate.

Lawyer and one of the Friends of Peace lead convenors Christian Monsod observes the committee hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the House of Representatives on May, 11, 2015.MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano
Lawyer and one of the Friends of Peace lead convenors Christian Monsod observes the committee hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the House of Representatives on May, 11, 2015.MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

“We have to consolidate all the proposed amendments including the numerous amendments proposed this afternoon and those to be submitted tomorrow (Tuesday), “ Rodriguez told MindaNews.

The Committee meeting for Tuesday has been called off “but we will receive proposed amendments,” he said.

The 75-member committee was scheduled to vote on the BBL on May 11, 12 and, “if necessary,” Rodriguez said, “on May 13.”

No voting

But no voting took place on Monday afternoon, as more amendments were introduced, including a list of proposed amendments read by Davao del Norte Rep. Anthony del Rosario which he said was based on a meeting of around 20 colleagues.

What del Rosario read was referred to by some Committee members as the “LP version.” Some of the proposed amendments carried the recommendations of the Peace Council that the President tasked to look into the BBL.

Quezon City 6th District Rep. Christopeher “Kit” Belmonte, son of Speaker Feliciano del Monte, manifested he was submitting proposed amendments in writing.

Rodriguez said the proposed amendments introduced by lawmakers on Monday and the younger Belmonte’s written proposed amendments would be complied as an “addendum” to the Committee version of the BBL earlier distributed to the Committee members, a product of several hearing

He said there would be no discussion anymore on amendments so they can proceed to voting the next day, Tuesday.

Rodrigugez addressed the members: “if you’re agreeable vote yes, if not, vote no,” adding the chair has already “bended rules” because “we do not want to shut out anybody who has not been able to present amendments to the BBL.”

Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat, who was “ready to vote because I’ve read it, I’ve studiit,” told MindaNews after the meeting that “there should still be a discussion.”

“We were all made to stay for the additional amendments and to discuss it, then all of a sudden may proposal si Congressman Kit Belmonte na isu-submit daw niya in writing and then we will not discuss it anymore? Bakit ganon?” he asked.

Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela wonders why amendments were still allowed when they were supposed to vote already. “It seems there are a lot of amendments/ proposals which are obviously to soften the stand of the vocal anti BBL,” she told MindaNews.

“Why were these amendments not brought up during the days we tackled the bill lne by line? And surprise proponent and proposal suddenly come out of the woodwork. The new amendments have a common thread –  they dilute and  weaken the original  BBL , the ‘autonomy’ so ardently sought for is being taken away. And to think we scrapped the ARMM law,” Ilagan said.

Thousands joined in the march towards the House of Representative from the Saint Peter Parish Church to call for the passing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Batasan Hills, Quezon City, May 11, 2015.  MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascariñas
Thousands join the “march for peace”  towards the House of Representative from the St.  Peter Parish Church along Commonwealth Avenue to the House of Represenatives as the 75-member Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law was set to vote on the proposed law Monday. The voting was reset to Tuesday and reset again to May 18, 19 and 20.  MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascariñas

March for Peace

On Monday morning, thousands of supporters of the Bangsamoro peace process, including Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the regional government that would be replaced by the future Bangsamoro, marched from the St. Peter’s Church along Commonwealth Avenue to the House of Representative , to urge Congress to pass a BBL that would be consistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro that the government and MILF signed after 17 years of negotiations.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles showed up at the rally in front of the main gate of the House of Representatives, with government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and panel member Senen Bacani. MILF peace panel chair Mohahger Iqbal was not around.

In his speech, ARMM Governor Hataman, a former member of Congress as Anak Mindanao (Amin) party-list representative, appealed to lawmakers to please vote for a “BBL na gusto ng mamamayang Moro.”

Thousands march from St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to the House of Representatives to call for the passage of an undiluted Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 11, 2015. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano May 11, 2015
Thousands march from St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to the House of Representatives to call for the passage of an undiluted Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 11, 2015. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano
May 11, 2015

He said many are asking why he is campaigning for a law that would end his stay in office before his three-year term ends on June 30, 2016 (the ARMM is deemed abolished once the Bangsamoro Transition Authority is installed). Hataman said this is not about his personal interest but “interes ng ating bansa, interes ng mas nakakaraming Moro” (the interest of the nation, the interest of the Moro people).

“Ang ating kinabukasan po ang nakasalalay sa BBL” (Our collective future depends on the BBL), he added.

Sister Arnold Maria Noel of Balay Rehabilitation Center and Mindanao Solidarity Network described the “march for peace” as a “big mobilization,” and “many of those who participated were not only Muslims, many were really non-Muslims.”

“ That shows that BBL is supported not only by Muslim communities but also non-Muslims,” she said.

Representative Rufus Rodriguez meet with Orlando Cardinal Quevedo before the start of the Bangsamoro Basic Law committee hearing at the House of Representatives on May 11, 2015. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano
Representative Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law  welcomes Cardinal Orlando Quevedo at the Villar Hall  before proceeding to the executive sesssion at Nograles Hall Monday afternoon., May 11, 2015. The Committee members voted unanimously to allow the voting to be done in open session. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato and lead convenor of Friends of Peace (FoP) told a press conference at the Fuentebella Hall while the Committee was in executive session, said he hopes the Committee members would pass “a BBL that would bring lasting peace.”

“We pray legislators would act as, I would say, the crowning peacemakers they would crown the peace negotiations by acting, continuing as peacemakers.”

Children carrying signboards calling for the passage of the of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) join in the almost 2 kilometer march. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascariñas
Children carrying signboards calling for the passage of the of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) join in the almost 2 kilometer march. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascariñas

Former Senator Santanina Rasul, the first Moro woman elected senator, asked durng the press conference: “if we are to be united as a strong Philippine Republic, why can’t we support the peace agreements which guarantee an end to armed conflict, which lays the foundation for a strong autonomous region and ends the struggle for independence?”

“I say to our legislators, pass the BBL now. Pass a BBL which remains true to the peace agreements, that promised genuine autonomy in lieu of independence,” she said, adding “give peace a chance. Let us be a united Filipino people, of diverse cultures and ethnicities, religions and creed.” (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

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  1. Those children!!!! I feel them. I am for BBL because I know this will be their way to good education, to pursue their dreams. I hope we hear their cry…. I salute the peace advocates. We are with you on this.

  2. Makonsensya po kayo!!! tama na ang pansariling interes. maawa tayo sa mga totong nahihirapan sa sitwasyon sa Mindanao!!! Ipasa na yang BBL!

  3. siguro naman nasagot na ang lahat ng mga tanong tungkol sa BBL at malinaw na sa ating lahat. Maawa naman sana kayo sa totoong nakakaranas ng situation. They deserve to be given a chance to have a normal life.

  4. Huwag na natin ipagdamot ang kapayapaan sa ating mga kapatid sa Mindanao. Huwag na natin ito patagalin pa. Ipasa ang BBL. dahil ito ang dapat matagal ng ipinasa.

  5. Bilib ako sa mga tao at grupong nagsusulong ng BBL! Mabuhay kayo! karamihan sa mga tumututol dito iba naman ang agenda… namumulitika lang ung iba! nakikisakay sa usapin ng BBL… Yes, BBL! Yes, Peace!

  6. Okay lang yan, madelay man o hindi, papasa pa din naman yan eh… Naniniwala ako na may konsensya ang ating mga lawmakers at mangingibabaw pa din ang pusong Pinoy na handang tumulong para sa kababayan.

  7. “give peace a chance. Let us be a united Filipino people, of diverse cultures and ethnicities, religions and creed.” Former Senator Santanina Rasul said.

    I agree with you Ma’am!.. Despite of culture and religious difference, i know Filipino will chose peace and love… Our congressmen and senators too.. BBL Will be pass!

    • Tama ka jan girl… yakapin natin ang bagong umaga na puno ng pangrap, kapayapaan at pagkakaisa.. Yes to BBL

  8. Go BBL…apruban na…dont waterdown…its a proven formula learned from successful peace process from around the world. Tuloy ang asenso pag wala ng civil war. No more mindanao war for the next generation. Peace in our lifetimrlifetime. Our legacy to our children. I am a 2nd Generation Settler in Mindanao. We are from Ilocos. We love Mindanao. We Love BBL.

  9. Peace? BBL is not the absolute solution. Peace, Progress and development, even rights of FILIPINO muslim AS WELL AS ALL FILIPINO can still be achieve without BBL. One nation One country to solve the problems of their perspective cities. Not thru creating a STATE within a STATE. Makabayan hindi MAKASARILI.

    Don’tpass the BBL its like dealing with a criminal then granting them with EXTRAVAGANT RANSOM AND REWARD!! Then later on will take the whole Mindanao. Peace ngayon kapag lumakas na gusto pa ng
    kapangyarihan,kaharasan sa paligid ng claimed area or territory!

    GREED AND LUST OF POWER towards killing AND BEHEADING to get what they want?Negotiating out of fear? dahil sa pumapatay at pumupugot ng ulo?!? Sample: I will kill three of your close relative and thru BEHEADING more will come if you dont give me your money or power to your possessions.

    One nation One country to solve the problems of to our perspective cities.

    “PEACE, PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT can still be achieve without BBL.”

    Politicians also seeks money, lucrative employment or seeking campaign contribution from the people of CLAIMED TERRITORY under BBL once its passed.

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