Palace hails approval of proposed BBL at House committee level

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Malacanang welcomed Wednesday the approval by the three committees in the House of Representatives of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s support and commitment to the passage of House Bill 6475.

He said the approval of the bill was a “significant step towards our quest for real and lasting peace in Mindanao.”

“By having a Bangsamoro region within the context of our Republic, we will realize the aspirations of our Moro brothers and sisters for genuine self-determination and hopefully end the decade-long armed struggle, violence and injustice in Mindanao,” Roque said.

The proposed measure seeks to abolish the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and replace it with the Bangsamoro region.

The passage of the bill will pave the way for the realization of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Muslim rebel group in the country.