Manila Bulletin - Bongbong vows pursuit of substitute BBL measure

News & Interviews
16 October 2015

By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

ManilaBulletinOnlineSen. Ferdinand “Bongbong’’ R. Marcos Jr. allayed fears yesterday that he would abandon his proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) to concentrate on his vice-presidential bid in 2016.

Marcos said floor debates on the proposed measure would resume once the Senate has finished the proposed 2016 P3-trillion national budget.

“We will go back to it (BLBAR) immediately, maybe November or before Christmas, as soon as the budget is finished,” he said.

The Senate and the House of Representatives are on a three-week recess until Nov. 2.

Marcos expressed hopes that his latest pronouncement regarding the BLBAR has virtually doused cold water to small but noisy groups opposing his proposal and hoping that it doesn’t pass.

The BLBAR, the substitute bill of Marcos to the Malacañang-proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is currently in the period of interpellation.

“I will not forget the BLBAR. I will do anything humanely possible to finish this because I know a lot of our Muslim and Christian brothers in Mindanao are waiting for this measure,’’ Marcos said.

“But practically speaking, I will not make a categorical promise that we will be able to complete the process. Let’s hope against hope,” he added.