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Dimaporo to challenge BBL’s constitutionality before SC

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By John Carlo Cahinhinan

Lanao del Norte Representative Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo will challenge the constitutionality of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if the bicameral conference committee pushes for the inclusion of 39 North Cotabato barangays and six towns from his province in the envisioned Bangsamoro Region.

Dimaporo on Wednesday (July 11) said the inclusion of those areas, which are currently part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), in the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) should not be allowed since there is no solid proof that they voted to be part of the ARMM in the plebiscite.

“We asked Commission on Elections if they can provide official result, ang sagot nila: ‘we cannot because all the records have been burned,’ so if anybody challenge this in court really did indeed vote in favor of the ARMM there’s no official record that can be produced,” he said.

Dimaporo said he didn’t want the BBL to be struck down as unconstitutional like the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) between the Arroyo administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The lawmaker said he will accept the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the BBL.

“We will challenge it in the Supreme Court. Pero kami tatanggapin namin if the SC will say: ‘I’m sorry Bangsamoro na sila.’ The question is the (on) other side, will they accept it what are we really talking about,” he said.