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Sen. Marcos won’t mind meeting Pnoy to discuss BBL; except if meant to press passage of Palace version

Sen. Bongbong Marcos today said he is willing to talk to anyone, including President Benigno Aquino III, for a genuine discussion on how to iron out the kinks in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensure it leads to lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao.

But count him out if it is merely meant to muscle the Senate into passing Malacanang’s version of BBL, Marcos stressed.

Malacanang earlier said the President is willing to meet with the senators to discuss BBL with them, as he had done before with members of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee.

“As I said before, if we are going to discuss with the President the various issues directly related to BBL, and if he has suggestions for us, we would certainly listen because his inputs are important,” said Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, in a radio interview.

“But it’s another matter entirely if it’s only for political manoeuvring, as what was done with the House of Representatives. Then, I don’t think I should be part of that; I don’t want to be involved in anything like that,” he added.

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Sponsorship Speech for the creation of two additional Legislative Districts in the Province of Batangas

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Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I have the honor to report to the Senate Committee Report No. 126, containing House Bill No. 3750 with amendments, which seeks to reapportion the Province of Batangas into six (6) Legislative districts.

The province of Batangas is one of the earliest provinces established by the Spaniards. It is a first-class province and one of the most popular tourist destinations near metro manila. It is home to the famous Taal volcano and Taal heritage town, a small picturesque town that has ancestral houses and structures dating back to the 19th century. The province also has many spectacular beaches and diving spots.

The province of Batangas is ranked fifth (5th) most populated province of the country, with a population count of 2,377,395 based on the 2010 census of population and housing issued by the Philippine statistics authority. Read More…

Radio interview with Kabayan Noli de Castro, DZMM

Kabayan: Ay kayo na lang daw ho ang pag-asa sa Senado pero mag-isa lang ho kayo papano yun kung ang mga kasama ninyo ay iba ang nasa isip? Ano ho ang akala ninyo ay iniisip ng inyong mga kasamahan dyan sa Senado? 

BBM: Ay sa palagay ko naman ay…kaya nga ay maraming nalungkot dun sa nangyari sa House of Representatives na akala natin maraming papalitan dun sa BBL at aayusin mabuti e ang nangyari bumalik lahat yung gustong palitan at nabalik halos dun sa original.

Kabayan: Nag-weekend lang nag-iba na?

BBM: Pero palagay ko, kasi lahat ng ating kapwa senadoryung mga nakakausap ko tungkol dito, ay sinasabi naman nila na gusto nilang isa-isahin, line by line, section by section. Tingnan natin. Sa ngayon ay ganun ang kanilang gustong gawin at sinasabi talaga na ayaw naming magpasa ng isang version na alam namin na unconstitutional. Kaya’t napakahirap naman kung meron na namang lilitaw na Palace version at ito’y pipilitin–kasi alam naman nating unconstitutional. Kaya nga nagtataka ako ako hinahamon daw ng Palasyo at nagsasabi na unconstitutional sa Supreme Court na lang. Ay yun na nga ang trabaho namin e, para hindi magkaroon ng ganong klaseng problema, inaayos nga namin. Pero nagtataka nga ako bakit ganun ang approach na ginagawa ng Palasyo. Read More…

Sen. Marcos chides OPAPP for failing to consult BBL stakeholders, tossing burden to Congress instead

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Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., today chided the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for failing to do their job of consulting all the stakeholders in the Bangsamoro Basic Law and instead tossing the burden to Congress.

OPAPP representative Usec. Jose Lorena admitted that none of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Sultanates of Mindanao, the indigenous people, or concerned local government officials, were represented in the government panel that negotiated a peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“So you were negotiating about the land, the culture, the history of the Sultanates and they were not included in the negotiations?” asked Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government tasked to deliberate on the proposed BBL. Read More…

Press briefing during the BBL hearing for Sultanates and IPs

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I consider this important because I really do believe that any peace process cannot succeed without the understanding of what we are trying to do and the support of the Sultanate because, after all, they are the traditional leaders of the Muslim peoples in southern Mindanao and it is important to note that these Sultanates must be given time, must be given credence simply because they have been organized and have been entities since before the existence of the Republic of the Philippines and for that matter most of the modern states that we see around the world today.

So it is…I cannot understand the failure of OPAPP in including the Sultanates of Muslim Mindanao, the Royal Houses of Muslim Mindanao because, again, it would seem that the nature of the negotiations between OPAPP and MILF were very, very exclusive and not inclusive. It included only OPAPP and MILF. It did not include any other stakeholders and that is why we are going to proceed with the hearing. After the Sultanate and the Royal Houses, we will now proceed with the hearings of the IPs and, after that, the local government.

So, again, as I told Usec. Lorena during the hearing, in many ways, we, here in the committee are doing their work for them. This is what they should have done before signing any agreement. This is what they should have done before drafting any Bangsamoro Basic Law. Read More…

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