By Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon.com
MANILA – Even as he expressed his all-out support for the enactment of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday predicted it will undergo tremendous “legal storm” before the Supreme Court.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Marcos said that the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be passed by Congress within the timeline set by the government.
“Ang timetable ng pamahalaan ay matapos sana sa Congress by the end of this year or early next year. Sa palagay ko kaya naman. Kaya naman namin siguro mai-report out at magkaroon ng bicameral within that timetable (The government timetable is for Congress to finish by the end of the year or early next year the Bangsamoro Basic Law. I think we can handle this. We can report out the law from the bicameral conference committee within the government timetable),” Marcos said.
Under the peace pact, the law is required for the establishment of the Bangsamoro entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The Bangsamoro Transition Commission is set to finish the draft of the BBL and submit it to Congress next month.
The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front last March 27, after 17 long years of negotiations and 45 years of fighting that has killed over 120,000 people in Mindanao, was met with much jubilation and confidence that, finally, peace will prevail in southern Philippines.
Marcos, however, predicted that Malacañang shall face a “legal storm” once the law is passed.
“My fearless forecast is ‘pag naipasa na sa both Houses ‘yan, icha-chalenge agad yan sa Supreme Court dahil sa constitutionality question; a question of sovereignty within a sovereignty. Alam ko kasi marami na ang nagsasabi sa akin that they will test it in the court…to challenge it (My fearless forecast is once it passes both Houses of Congress, the law will be challenged before the Supreme Court on the issue of constitutionality, on the question of sovereignty within a sovereignty. I know because a lot of people have told me that they will test it in court, that they will challenge it),” he said.
Marcos said he wanted to see permanent peace enjoyed by all in Mindanao.
“I am for peace in Mindanao. Everybody is for peace; nobody is against peace at suportado naman lahat na magkaroon ng kapayapaan sa mga magulong area sa Mindanao (and everyone supports peace in the violence-stricken Mindanao areas),” he said.
Earlier, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the CAB was unconstitutional because it violated the principle of constitutional supremacy and the Constitution only allows an autonomous region and not a sub-state that will exercise sovereign powers reserved only for the central government.