Zambo Sibugay Rep. Palma: Proposed BBL ready for plenary approval by May

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The concerned committees in the House of Representatives are on the stage of finalizing a substitute bill for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, a lawmaker said Monday.

Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Wilter Wee Palma II chairman of the subcommittee on the draft BBL, said the committees on Local Government and Muslim Affairs and the Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity have already completed 18 meetings and held 11 public hearings on the proposed BBL.

The hearings were conducted in Cotabato City; Midsayap in North Cotabato; Davao City; Sulu; Basilan; Tawi-Tawi; Zamboanga City; Buluan in Maguindanao; Koronadal City; Tubod in Lanao del Norte; and Marawi City.

He said the panels are already on the stage of finalizing the substitute bill which will amend the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

It will be “ready for plenary approval” before the end of May, Palma added.

The passage of the BBL is one of the priority bills of President Rodrigo Duterte. #