Bongbong Marcos

Bongbong insists BBL should not be rushed as haste could be more fatal

Reminds that there are critical issues that must be discussed in public hearings for BBL to be inclusive and comprehensive.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. will not be stampeded to rush the public hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and to immediately wrap up the process following Malacañang’s insistence to pass the bill by June.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, maintained that his action on the measure will be based on his intention to craft a good law and not driven by a “deadline” set by other people.

He stood his ground even as the House and Senate leadership had agreed to pass the BBL by June before the end of the current second regular session of the 16th Congress.

“Haste could be a fatal waste. The BBL is not a magic pill to stop the war in Mindanao, although it’s an important element in the quest for lasting peace. I will try to meet the proposed deadline. But I will not sacrifice the necessity of getting it right,” Marcos said.

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Transcript: Radio interview with Kabayan Noli De Castro, DZMM Teleradyo

Kabayan: Anong nakikita nyo sa Senado sa BBL, sapagkat sa House of Representatives po ay napakaraming tanong nila. Pito yung kinukwestyon nila na na lumalabag sa ating Saligang Batas. Sa inyo po ba ay halos ganun din ang problema?

Sen. Bongbong: Halos ganun din ang problema. Yung problema na dati pa—ito ay tungkol nga sa mga constitutional infirmity kung tawagin. Kaya’t nagkaroon kami ng hearing tungkol nga dyan at si Sen. Miriam ang gumawa,  at inaantay natin yung committee report. Ngunit nung nandun kami sa hearing yung ating mga constitutionalists ay isa’t –isa , sunod-sunod na nagsasasabi na ilan daw ang grounds na talagang unconstitutional yung draft basic law.

Kaya kailangan talaga marami kaming trabaho para maayos at mawala yung unconstitutional provisions ng draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Kabayan: Opo. E ang Malacanang ay hindi pa rin nagbabago ang kanilang mga pahayag na kinakailangang ipasa ang BBL by June. Sa inaakala po ba ninyo ay mapi-pressure ba ang Senado na ipasa sa June deadline ng Malacanang?

Sen. Bongbong: Sa aming pananaw hindi naman siguro deadline yan. Siguro, sana—yun ang parang wish ng Palasyo na sinasabi sana mapasa ng June.

Ako talaga ang iniisip ko e di susubukan natin, dahil hindi naman natin hinaharang ito at sinusubukan natin na matapos by that deadline. Pero ang importante dito hindi yung deadline. Importante dito kung ano yung version na mapasa. Ang importante dito ay mailagay natin lahat ng experience na natutunan ng Mamasapano. At lahat yan ay kailangan ay ibabago natin yung BBL para talagang pag napasa na ito at ito ay ii-implement ay talagang magkaroon ng matagumpay na kapayapaan sa Muslim Mindanao.

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Sponsorship Speech: Committee Report No. 109 – Creation of the Separate Office of the Local Building Official

Good afternoon. I take the floor today to report out the findings of your Committee on Local Government, as embodied in Committee Report No. 109, taking into consideration Senate Bill No. 2235, which seeks to mandate the creation of the separate office of a local building official in cities and 1st-class and 2nd-class municipalities, by amending Section 443, 454, and 477 of Republic Act No. 7160, or the Local Government Code of 1991.

The local engineer is one of the officials whose appointment is mandated by the Local Government Code in provinces, cities, municipalities. Under the Code, one of the responsibilities entrusted with the local engineer is to “exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.”

And one such law that prescribes duties and functions is the National Building Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 1096). Enacted in 1977, the National Building Code was meant to “provide for all buildings and structures, a framework of minimum standards and requirements to regulate and control their location, site, design quality of materials, construction, use, occupancy, and maintenance” with a view to building and maintaining them in “safe, sanitary and good working condition”.

Under the National Building Code, the enforcement and implementation of the its provisions were vested upon the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), through the “building officials.” However, it was the city and municipal engineers, who were made to “act” as the default building officials within their respective territorial jurisdictions.

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Transcript: Ambush interview with Senate Media (Part 2)

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Q: Doon sa Sultan Kudarat, andun yung mukha ninyong tatlo  (sa tarpaulin), anti–BBL daw kayo?

Sen. Bongbong: Oo, matagal na yun. Ewan ko kung bakit nasama ako dun.

Q: Anti-peace daw kayo, kasi anti-BBL daw kayo?

Sen. Bongbong: Medyo magtatampo ako sa kanila kasi lahat ng pwede kong gawin ginagawa ko para maayos yung BBL. But I guess they are just expressing their opinion. Yung kay Sen. JV naman at kay Senator Allan ay dahil nag-withdraw sila. I don’t know why I was included among the anti-BBL senators?

Q: Dahil siguro sinuspend nyo yung hearings?

Sen. Bongbong: Siguro. Pero…that is a misinterpretation ng aking intentions dahil hindi ko naman kinokontra ito. Gusto ko ngang gawing perfect yung BBL kaya’t pinag-aaralan na mabuti ito kaya’t ayaw ko namadaliin ang proseso.

Q: Sir hindi ba parang harassment ito sa inyo?

Sen. Bongbong: Alam mo, lalo na sa South, the passions are running high tungkol dito. So hindi mo naman masisi yung tao na sinasabi lang nila anti ako. Pero sana kung makausap ko sila sasabihin ko sa kanila hindi ako anti at lahat ng maaaring gawin ginagawa ko para maging maganda, matibay at maayos ang BBL para talagang yung patakbo ng Bangsamoro government ay maganda.

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Transcript: Ambush interview with Senate Media (Part 1)

Ambush interview with Senate Media (Part 1)

Q: MILF says Congress should not set conditions on BBL?

Sen. Bongbong: Nagulat din ako nung nabasa ko yun dahil wala naman akong alam na conditions that we are setting.

Q: Pero sir yung Congress ata, sinabi nila dapat dapat daw …. yung arms, tapos yung mga taong involved….?

Sen. Bongbong: Those are not conditions. Those are part of the peace process. Yung disarmament is an integral part of the peace process. In my view wala namang conditions. Eto naman pag patuloy yung proseso, kung titingnan natin lahat ng mga nasabing yan ay kasama sa prosesong iyan.

If you remember after Mamasapano, ang hinihingi natin sa kanila, they are not conditions but they are gestures of good faith.  And they are confidence building measures, ang tawag natin para nga mabalik ang tiwala ng taong bayan sa proseso.

So these are not conditions. Itutuloy pa rin namin ang pagsusuri at pagdidinig sa BBL. Pero yun na nga, para mabalik nga ang tiwala ng taong bayan sa proseso ng kapayapaan na ating ginagawa ay dapat siguro ay those confidence building measures—we are still hoping the MILF will be able to show. It is not so much for legislators but it is more for the general public.

Dahil nga sa nangyari sa Mamasapano e lahat ayaw na lang yung BBL. E ayaw naman natin yun kasi yung mismong proseso ng kapayapaan ay yun ang nawalan ng tiwala, e hindi naman natin maaaring pabayaan na ganyan.

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Q&A University of Caloocan City Political Science Department Forum

Bongbong Marcos Bangsamoro Q&A University of Caloocan City Political Science Department Forum 01

Q: Senador, meron lang po akong gustong linawing mabuti sa BBL. Sa inyo pong palagay, senador, ito po bang BBL, sa inyo lang po, ito po ba talaga ang solusyon sa peace sa Mindanao, sa ating Muslim Mindanao?

Sen. Bongbong: Sa aking pananaw, ito’y bahagi ng solusyon. Ngunit kung ito lang ang ating gagawin kulang pa ito. Ang lagi namang nagiging problema ay yung pakiramdam ng mga Muslim na Pilipino, ay sinasabi nga nila na sila’y under-represented and that their areas are under-developed.

Dahil kung tutuusin ang mga probinsya sa Muslim Mindanao mas malapit sa Indonesia kaysa sa Manila. Kaya kung minsan, ang experience ko, I was in Tawi-tawi, may kasama ako. Sabi nya aalis muna ako, magdi-dinner muna. Pumunta ng Indonesia, nag pump boat. Nung umaga nandun na naman, kasama ko na naman nag-almusal.

Kasi ganun lang kalapit. Kaya’t ang pakiramdam nila nakakakuha sila ng serbisyo hindi sa Maynila kundi sa iba’t-ibang lugar. And you have to remember na meron pa tayong claim sa Sabah, which is part of Malaysia. Meron pa tayong claim sa Sabah. The Sultanate of Sulu considers Sabah as part of the Sultanate of Sulu and as part of the Philippines.

Kaya’t sa dami ng nangyari, sa ilang taon, ay naging kumplikado ang relasyon ng Muslim Mindanao sa Manila. So kagaya ng sabi ko, siguro isang pamamaraan ito na maibigay natin sa ating mga kapatid na Muslim ang tinatawag, what is called—the single principle that is important here is the principle of self-determination. Na kailangan, dahil iba ang Muslim , iba ang kanilang kasaysayan, iba ang kanilang relihiyon, iba rin ang kanilang batas—kaya’t yung kaibahan na yan ay kailangang kilalanin ng pamahalaan. And this is one way of doing it.

But beyond that, we have to put force behind our words at talagang tulungan ang Muslim Mindanao. And I think only in that way we will we be able to see true peace come in Muslim Mindanao.

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“Is the Proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law the Answer to Long-Lasting Peace in Mindanao?” Sen. Bongbong’s Speech at the University of Caloocan City Political Science Forum

Bongbong Marcos Bangsamoro University of Caloocan City speech

Maraming salamat sa pagkumbida ninyo sa inyong lingkod, upang makasama kayo rito sa inyong Political Science Week dito sa ating mahal na University of Caloocan City.

For this morning’s forum, you ask me: “Is the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) the answer to long-lasting peace in Mindanao?

As any intelligent and diligent student would address a rather complex question:

“Sir, I would have to qualify my answer!”

If it is to pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law that shall govern our brothers and sisters in Muslim Mindanao, then YES, it is.

But if it refers to the Bangsamoro Basic Law in the exact shape and form as proposed by the Government, and as borne out of the negotiations between our Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), then, NO.

Why do I say that?

YES, because the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is presented to Congress, stems from a new yearning for change and a new expression of the will of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and agreed to by our Government in our nation’s contined quest for peace, order, stability in Muslim Mindanao.

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Bongbong to resume BBL hearing even if Congress ‘is at rest’

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos has vowed to conduct public hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) even if Congress “is at rest.”

This developed as Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte reportedly had agreed to pass the BBL by June.

“We can still continue working during the (adjournment). Pwede namang mag-hearing kahit na mag-break (ang Senado),” he said.

According to the legislative calendar for the Second Regular Session of the 16th Congress, the Senate will adjourn on March 21, 2015 until May 3, 2015 and the session will resume on May 4, 2015 until June 11, 2015. The current regular session will end on June 12, 2015.

The public hearing is part of the legislative process of Congress in enacting a bill into law.

Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, suspended public hearings on the BBL after the January 25 Mamasapano clash where 44 Special Action Force commandos were killed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

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Transcript: Radio interview with Joe Taruc on DZRH

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Sen. Bongbong: Good morning po sa lahat ng nakikinig.

Joe Taruc: Lahat may tanong nagkukumahog na madaliang pagpapatibay ng BBL samantalang hindi pa natatapos ang hearings na sinimulan natin tungkol sa Mamasapano incident, pati ‘yung report ng Board of Inquiry?

Sen. Bongbong: Hinihintay lang natin ‘yung report ng Board of Inquiry ng PNP at tsaka mayroon ding Board of Inquiry ng MILF. Tapos ‘yung mga committee report sa ngayon eh may mga kulang pa. Marami na tayong nalaman at nakuha doon sa mga hearing, sa inquiry, pero may mga tanong pa sa magkabilang panig.

Unang-una, ‘yung napag-usapan na po na chain of command doon sa PNP kung papaano ang nangyari doon dahil maliwanag na hindi sinundan ang chain of command, ang standard procedure. At dito nanggaling ang gulo sa gitna ng AFP at tsaka ng PNP na kaya hindi nakapag-coordinate ng mabuti dahil hindi maliwanag sa mga opisyal kung ano ‘yung kanilang mga katungkulan.

Dahil nga kung pangkaraniwang idinaan nila kay Gen. Espina at doon sa buong command structure ng PNP, eh alam na ng lahat ng opisyal kung ano ang gagawin nila, nakapag-coordinate sila ng mabuti.

Pero pinalitan ang sistema. Dumaan mula kay Pangulong Aquino, dumeretso sa suspendidong chief PNP na si General Purisima at tsaka deretso na kay General Napenas. Parang itinaboy na lang ‘yung buong command structure ng PNP.

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Transcript: Radio interview with former Senator Orly Mercado on Radyo 5

Sen. Orly Mercado: Good morning Senator Bongbong.

Sen. Bongbong: Good morning Ka Orly, good morning sa lahat ng nakikinig. Magandang umaga po.

Mercado: Okay, according to the news nag-usap daw ang Presidente ng Senado si Sen. Drilon at si Speaker Sonny Belmonte at bago yatang target ngayon para sa BBL ang June, that is the end of the 16th Congress?

Sen. Bongbong: Well yun ang sinasabi nila kasi nakikita namin na pwede nang mag-resume yung aming mga hearings dahil meron na tayong hearing sa House at saka meron na rin sa Senado tungkol sa Mamasapano massacre.

Kaya naman siguro meron na tayong pwedeng gamitin na mga conclusions at pwede sigurong pag-aralan na yung mga sections ng Bangsamoro Basic Law na hindi naman talaga naapektuhan nung Mamasapano incident.

Yung June baka kakayanin pero titingnan natin. Ako huli ako sa House, we are behind in terms of scheduling sa House dahil we were not able to conduct our hearings. Merong naka schedule noon na hearings as Jolo saka sa Zamboanga ngunit the security situation din mukhang magulo yata ng konti ngayon so we will have to wait hanggang mag-settle down.

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