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Panay News - Bongbong to meet MNLF after Bangsa hearings in Mindanao

News & Interviews
13 May 2015

By Prince Golez | Panay News

MANILA – The Senate local government committee is set to discuss the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) after a two-day hearing in Mindanao.

“When we get back to Manila, we will have another hearing to get the side of the (MILF),” said Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chair of the committee.

Marcos on Tuesday said the MNLF meeting is deemed necessary since the group signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996.

Before the month ends, the senator said his committee will be ready to amend contentious provisions in the proposed legislation such as on power sharing and other administrative, economic and constitutional issues.

Marcos cannot say if the Bangsamoro law will see passage by June 10, he said.

“What is more important is that we pass a version of the BBL that we believe will really work to achieve its avowed goal, and that is to bring peace and prosperity to Muslim Mindanao,” said Marcos.

Today, the senator will hold a Bangsamoro hearing in Jolo in Sulu province.

Another hearing on the proposal to create the Bangsamoro autonomous region is scheduled tomorrow, May 14, in Zamboanga./