Manila Bulletin - Mindanao vice governors support substitute BBL bill

News & Interviews
19 August 2015

By Philippines News Agency | Manila Bulletin

ManilaBulletinOnlineCagayan De Oro City – Vice governors in Mindanao are supporting the substitute bill of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a regional official said Wednesday.

Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Joey Pelaez said that the elected vice governors in Mindanao converged five days ago to tackle various concerns in Mindanao.

He said that the vice governors are endorsing the substitute BBL bill.

“The vice governors are not in favor of the old BBL, which constitutionality became a subject of heated debate in the House of Representatives,” Pelaez said.

He said that Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. visited Cagayan de Oro City to join the vice governors’ conference where he explained the proposed substitute bill of the BBL.

“The substitute bill is a measure to address the constitutional flaws of the “original BBL. The bill promotes the interest of the Bangsamoro people without sacrificing the country’s interest and sovereignty,” Marcos said.

Marcos, Pelaez said, explained that the substitute bill was necessary to protect it from challenges regarding its constitutionality.

Pelaez said the vice governors also tackled the economy of Mindanao, particularly the island’s energy sources in relation to the BBL and a comprehensive overview of the status of various development projects in Mindanao.