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CNN Philippines - 17 senators sign Committee report on substitute BBL

News & Interviews
11 August 2015

By Anna Estanislao | CNN Philippines

CNN-PhilippinesSen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., chairman of the Committee on Local Government, said on Monday (August 10) that most senators – 17 to be exact, including himself – had signed the committee report on the substitute bill on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Marcos said he had to convince some of the senators to sign.

He explained, many wanted to introduce amendments, but in the end he convinced them to sign it just so the measure would reach the plenary.

From the "Bangsamoro Basic Law," the title was changed to the "Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Law."

Under his bill, "Bangsamoro" refers to the people, specificially those in the autonomous region.

The senator said 80% of the provisions had been amended. Some of the major changes include creating more inclusivity in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) and giving other sectors — like the sultanates, indigenous people, and women, and youth groups — the opportunity to have representation in the BTA.

Earlier, Marcos said the the unconstitutional infirmities were already taken out, including creation of a Bangsamoro Comelec, a Commission on Audit, an Office of the Ombudsman, and a Commission on Human Rights.

Marcos will sponsor the substitute bill on Wednesday (August 12). It will be up for interpellation on Monday (August 17).