Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. on Sunday has called on his colleagues in the Senate to be brave enough to do what is right and stand against political pressure in deciding on the fate of the Malacanang-drafted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Marcos made the call as he expressed lament that the process in the House of Representatives, particularly in the 75-member ad hoc committee, in approving the BBL was tainted with politics.
“Alam n’yo, hinalal tayo ng taumbayan at mayroon tayong responsibilidad na gawin kung ano ang nasa interest ng bansa. Huwag tayong matakot na gumawa ng tama. Alam naman natin kung ano ang tama, ano ‘yung maganda. Huwag tayong matakot na gawin ‘yung maganda. Basta tama ang ginagawa natin, hindi tayo magkakamali,” he said in an interview over radio dzBB.
He added: “Medyo nakakalungkot ‘yung nangyari sa House of Representatives… dinaan sa pulitika ang BBL.” The ad hoc panel, chaired by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, voted on the BBL few days after President Aquino III called them twice to a meeting.
As part of his vow to consult all stakeholders in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has invited the sultanates and the indigenous people (IPs) of Mindanao to a hearing on Monday to hear their views and concerns on BBL.
According to Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, the proceeding on Monday is the penultimate hearing of his panel on the BBL.
To wrap up consultations on BBL, Marcos said the last hearing scheduled on June 3 will focus on concerns of local executives in areas to be included as core territories of the Bangsamoro under the BBL, as well as in adjacent local government units.
“We want to know the sentiments of the sultanates about BBL. From what we learned in our recent hearings, they said they were never consulted in the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation that would be implemented through the BBL,” Marcos said.
The Senate Committee on Local Government chaired by Senator Bongbong Marcos has invited the Indigenous Peoples and Sultanates to express their sentiments on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on 25 May 2015, Monday, 10:00 A.M. at the Senators Recto & Laurel Rooms, 2/F, Senate of the Philippines.
The IPs who have confirmed their attendance are from the Timuay Justice and Governance, Gempa te Kelindaan ne Kamal ne Erumanen ne Menuvu, Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Peace Forum, Lumad Mindanawed Peoples’ Federation, Organization of Teduray and Lambangian Conference and the Sulu Foundation of Nine Ethnic Tribes, Inc. (SUFONETI).
The Council of Royal Datus, Council of Royal Ladies, Sultanate of Maguindanao, Iranun Sultanates League of the Philippines, Federation of Royal Sultanate Descendants of Mindanao Sulu and Palawan, The Heirs of Sultan Mohammad Esmael Organization, Inc., Maguindanao Mandanaue Darussalam, Federation of the Royal Sultanate of Lanao, Sultan Uko Royal Descendants Associations, Inc. (SORODA), The Royale House of Maharadjah Tabunaway, Bangsamoro Royal Houses Solidarity Conference and the Sultanate of Bayang, Lanao del Sur are among the Sultanates who will be represented in the Senate inquiry.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has sought for a Senate inquiry into the massive fire that killed 72 workers in a slipper and rubber factory in Valenzuela City.
Marcos, member of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, on Wednesday filed Senate Resolution 1365 directing the appropriate committee, in aid of legislation, to look into the circumstances that led to the May 13 fire that razed the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation.
In his resolution, Marcos stressed the need for legislative measures to enhance and strengthen occupational safety and health standards. Initial reports said the slipper factory had violated safety standards and several labor laws.
“We need to strengthen existing laws on safety and health in the workplace to prevent a repeat of what the ILO itself has described as a preventable accident,” he said.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, today said they will accord due importance to the findings of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendment and Revision of Code on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.
News reports said a draft committee report of the constitutional amendment panel, chaired by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago being circulated for signature of the panel members concluded Congress cannot pass BBL without corresponding charter changes.
“We will certainly take serious consideration of the warning flags the report has raised,” Marcos said, who acknowledged signing Santiago’s committee report. Read More…