By Amita Legaspi | GMA News Online
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday condemned the use of violence by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front against forces of the Philippine National Police who were on the trail of suspected terrorists on Sunday.
Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, then announced in a press statement he is suspending discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
On Sunday, at least 30 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) were killed in an ambush by members of the MILF in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao. The PNP personnel were on the trail of suspected international terrorists believed to be hiding inside one of the camps of the Muslim rebel group.
“I decided to suspend indefinitely all discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law until this is clarified,” Marcos said.
“We cannot, in conscience, proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the south. A peace agreement cannot be legislated under the threat of such extreme violence. Violence has no room in a civilized society,” he added.
By Maila Ager | Inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos stopped on Monday all discussions and hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) after the killing by MILF of 30 policemen in Mindanao on Sunday.
“I decided to suspend indefinitely all discussions related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law until this is clarified,” said Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government.
He explained, “We cannot in conscience proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the South.”
Early Sunday morning, members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front reportedly killed at least 30 members of the PNP’s Special Action Force in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government yesterday House Bill 5209 seeking to postpone Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on February 21 has been approved at the committee level after yesterday’s hearing of the panel.
But Marcos stressed that the central issue is the pending passage of the SK Reform Bill, explaining that the postponement may only be necessary because of the “significant and fundamental changes” that the reform measure will institute in the system of youth representation.
“I really would like to change the perception that the central issue in discussion between the House and the Senate is the postponement; the postponement is merely a side issue actually depending upon the version (of the SK Reform Bill) that would eventually be agreed upon by both Houses of Congress,” he said.
He said the SK Reform Bill will likely affect the voter’s list and the system of election for youth representatives so the Commission on Elections and other concerned agencies may need time to make the necessary preparations and changes.
The Senate committee on local government is set to sponsor at the plenary a measure postponing the youth polls to October 2016.
By Michael Bueza | Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on local government has approved a measure to postpone anew the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or youth council) elections, its chairman said on Friday, January 23.
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr said in a news briefing that his committee is set to adopt and sponsor House Bill 5209, which seeks to postpone the SK polls to October 2016, pending the passage of reforms in the SK system.
“We’re done with the hearing. We’ll start writing the committee report already; that’s the procedure. So, if we can finish it, I will be speaking to the Senate President and see when we can schedule [at the plenary],” said Marcos.
The senator then reiterated that the postponement of the SK polls was merely a “side issue,” saying that both houses of Congress are “anticipating many big changes in the youth representation system” through a consolidated SK reform bill.
By Amita Legaspi | GMA News Online
A Senate committee approved on Friday the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections scheduled next month.
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, chairman of the committee on local government, said he is ready to report out to the Senate plenary the decision.
“We are done with the hearing, if we can finalize the report I will speak with the Senate President and see when we can schedule it for floor deliberations,” Marcos told reporters after the hearing.
The SK elections are initially set on February 21, 2015 after its postponement in 2013. If the Congress votes for its postponement anew, it will be synchronized with the barangay elections on October 26, 2016.
By Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on local government has approved a bill that will postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan elections next month and synchronize this with the barangay elections scheduled in October 2016.
Committee chairman Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the consensus of stakeholders who attended the panel’s hearing Friday morning for to postpone the elections for the youth councils to allow preparations for the passage of a bill to reform the SK system, which is pending in both chambers of Congress.
“Yes, on the committee level, we have agreed to postpone the election until October 2016,” Marcos said at a brief press conference after the hearing.
“We practically adopted (at the committee) the House version, kasi very straightforward naman ang sa House (because it is very straightforward). The House passed only the postponement … (it’s) very simple, there are no other issues involved,” Marcos said.