By Bernadette E. Tamayo | Journal Online
SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is ready to present on August 10 his report on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) creating a Bangsamoro government in Southern Philippines since it is already “90 percent finished.”
Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, had conducted 15 hearings at the Senate and outside Manila on the BBL to scrutinize the bill that also aims at abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Asked about the status of the BBL report, Marcos said:”It’s 90 percent finished. In fact matatapos na namin I think today.” Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday said that Marcos’ panel is expected to present the BBL report on Monday.
Drilon said that during the senators’ caucus last August 3, they had agreed that Marcos will file the BBL report on August 10 and then he will sponsor the same the next day, August 11. The interpellation will start on August 17.
Marcos confirmed reports that he had sought the help of some legal luminaries to write the report. “Marami. S’yempre nag-ko konsulta tayo. So, yes. I have asked many of them. Mga kilala na constitutionalists lalo para magpatulong nga dito sa ating BBL. Hindi lang abogado kung hindi pati mga espesyalista sa public administration, sa government, and even finance and banking and fiscal policy,” he said in a chance interview.
“You have to remember buong gobyerno ito so lahat talaga ng function eh kailangan ma-i define na mabuti kaya’t siyempre wala namang mawawala kung magtanong. But that process is finished. We are now writing the final version,” he told reporters.
With regard to the security aspect of the BBL, Marcos said that he asked the view of retired military and police officials, specifically those “veterans” of the Mindanao conflict between the government and Muslim rebels.
“Well, privately, because the active duty na sundalo at pulis cannot offer their opinion (since) they have to follow the orders of the civilian government, so, kinukuha namin sa mga retired. Lalo na sa military side ‘yung mga nadestino nang matagal sa Mindanao during the 70s, the 80s, and the 90s,” he said.
“Basta lahat ng may experience. Tinatanong namin siya, ano ba talaga, kasi minsan ‘yung nakukuha namin na mga report ay kaiba sa kanilang experience dahil iba talaga on the ground. Malaking bagay ‘yun. Marami ang aming natutunan,” he added.