Sen. Bongbong: We will not pass a rubber stamp BBL

Press Releases
14 March 2015

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has assured that the Senate will not pass or approve a rubber stamp Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Marcos gave the guarantee even as he vowed to fix infirmed provisions of the Malacañang-drafted BBL to conform to the Constitution.

“Hindi naman maaari na basta’t i-rubber stamp na lang yung BBL na kung ano ang ibinigay sa amin, ‘yun ang ipapasa namin. Dahil marami na kaming nakita doon sa draft BBL na kailangang ayusin na unconstitutional, illegal at unenforceable,” he said in an interview with Rey Langit over radion dwIZ.

Constitutional experts say that the BBL in its present draft has many constitutional infirmities.

“We (in the Senate) cannot and will not pass a rubber stamp BBL. We will fix anything that needed to be fixed in the present draft,” he said.

Marcos said that if the legal loopholes will not be plugged, the BBL, if enacted, will immediately be challenged in the Supreme Court.

“Kung sa pagsusuri namin ay itong BBL ay unconstitutional at hindi tama ang pagkasulat, kailangan naming palitan ‘yan. ‘Yan ang trabaho namin, ang sumulat ng magandang batas. ‘Yan ang aming gagawin,” he said.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, suspended public hearings on the BBL after the January 25 Mamasapano clash where 44 Special Action Force commandos were killed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

He said he will resume the process once he gets a copy of the report of the Board of Inquiry (BoI) of the Philippine National Police as well as the result of the investigation of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) regarding the bloody incident.

The BOI has already submitted its report to the PNP leadership last Thursday, while the MILF said it will submit its findings to Malaysia.

Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte had agreed that the BBL should be passed in June.

But Marcos said he is not inclined to rush and, instead, vowed to scrutinize the proposed measure to make sure that the BBL will finally address the search for peace in Mindanao.

However, he said the BBL is not the magic pill, but only a major step in laying down the foundation for peace the southern Philippines.