Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, today, it is my honor, as Chairman of the Committee on Local Government, to sponsor Committee Report no. 125 containing House Bill no. 4769 which seeks to convert the municipality of General Trias into a component city.
The Municipality of General Trias, which is historically known as San Francisco de Malabon, is currently a first class municipality in the province of Cavite.
From an agriculture-based locality, it has evolved into a progressive municipality with a steady growth of industry and real estate development.
Aside from the registered residential subdivisions comprising the Municipality, General Trias likewise hosts eight (8) relocation/resettlement projects intended for incoming residents displaced from various areas.
Sen. Bongbong: We had just concluded a hearing in which we had as resource persons the peace council the group that was organized by the President, to bring their views on the different aspects of the BBL, the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
The four subjects as delineated by the peace council were on constitutionality, were on patrimony and the economy, were on peace and human security, and finally, social justice.
This is similar actually, merong mga parallels dun sa paghati-hati namin dun sa mga subjects sa amin. But merong mga ibang tanong na nag-ooverlap sa ibat-ibang subjects. But anyway, I think very useful ang naging diskusyon.
The first comment that I would like to make is to see that kami nga ay nagpapasalamat sa peace council dahil kitang-kita natin na ang peace council ay kinikilala na may kakulangan ang BBL at merong mga bagay na kailangang palitan o ipaliwanag ng mabuti. And that has been the view of both Houses of Congress.
A copy of the full report of the Citizens’ Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law as turned over to the Senate on Tuesday, 5 May 2015.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said his panel will tackle the report of the so-called “Citizen’s Peace Council” at the resumption of their hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) today, May 5.
“We want to look closer into the findings and recommendations of the peace council, particular those that would help in our task of crafting a version of the BBL that would ensure peace in Muslim Mindanao,” Marcos said.
Prior to the hearing the peace council will formally submit its report to Marcos and Senate President Franklin Drilon.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today called for a review of the law on anti-trafficking in persons and the performance of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).
“The case of Mary Jane Veloso serves as a rude awakening for all of us that despite our efforts much remains to be done to combat all forms of human trafficking,” Marcos said.
Convicted for bringing in over 2 kilos of heroin in Indonesia, Veloso was due for execution along with eight other foreigners Tuesday but got a last-minute reprieve to allow her to testify against a “perpetrator suspected of human trafficking”.
Ako at ang aking buong pamilya ay bumabati sa manggagawang Pilipino sa buong mundo sa okasyong ito ng pandaigdigang pagdiriwang ng “Araw ng Paggawa.”
Ang manggagawang Pilipino ay kabahagi sa paghubog ng kasaysayan at pangunahing sektor na pumapanday ng kaunlaran ng ating bansa.
Mula sa unang obrero na dinadakila bilang bayani sa katauhan ni Gat Andres Bonifacio hanggang sa mga overseas Filipino workers na mga bagong bayani, tunay na hindi matatawaran ang inyong ambag sa ebolusyon ng ating lahi.
The final Senate draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be embedded with provisions promoting the development of tribal groups that will be put under the jurisdiction of the autonomous Bangsamoro authority.
This developed as Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. assured the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), or indigenous cultural communities, that the BBL will safeguard IPs’ interests and “won’t let you down” as he is now preparing inputs in the form of provisions protecting their rights, promoting their welfare, and preserving their culture and territories.
“The final Senate version of the BBL won’t let you (IPs) down. The all-inclusive peace process that I envision, in which the BBL is a major component, is not complete if the IPs are left out,” Marcos said.
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Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. vowed to put an ironclad guarantee in the Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensure it will not be used as a launching pad for separatism by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government tackling the BBL, told Karen Davila in an interview over ANC that he will put back in the BBL an anti-separatist provision found in the organic law creating the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
He noted widespread suspicions on the sincerity of the MILF to pursue the peace process, especially the concern that they are using the BBL as a first step to separate from the Philippines.
“The territorial integrity of the republic must be ensured,” Marcos said.
Karen Davila: Joining us this morning is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. Welcome.
Sen. Bongbong: Thank you! Good morning.
Davila: What do you make of the MILF statement that it did not commit any crime, they will not surrender any of the charged members?
Sen. Bongbong: Well, I think that it is certainly unhelpful. Sana naman binigyan ng importansya ang findings ng NBI, ng DOJ. The least that they could have done was to say that they would work with the DOJ because as of now, it’s all speculative. They say that there are 90 named that could be charged. So far we don’t know exactly who those people are, what their charges will be. I don’t think the DOJ has filed any charges yet. So it would have been more circumspect on the MILF side had they waited as to what DOJ had decided to do. Had they worked together as well with the DOJ, they could have simplified matters.