Category Archives: BTC

Senators push for Bangsamoro law to “prevent another Marawi from happening”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 January) — After seeing the destruction of this city, talking to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leadership and listening to the people in the public hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), senators said on Friday that they will push for the passage of the law before Congress […]

Senators push for Bangsamoro law to “prevent another Marawi from happening”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 January) — After seeing the destruction of this city, talking to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leadership and listening to the people in the public hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), senators said on Friday that they will push for the passage of the law before Congress […]

PEACETALK: We cannot leave peace work only to those in the negotiating tables, the peace panels or the legislators

(Keynote Speech delievered at the 47th Membership Meeting of the Philippine Business for Social Progress on January 23, 2018 in Makati City) I always find it difficult, whenever I am asked to speak of Mindanao, particularly Muslim Mindanao. Eloquence and articulation are not enough to describe the place, the people, the situation. One needs to […]

PEACETALK: We cannot leave peace work only to those in the negotiating tables, the peace panels or the legislators

(Keynote Speech delievered at the 47th Membership Meeting of the Philippine Business for Social Progress on January 23, 2018 in Makati City) I always find it difficult, whenever I am asked to speak of Mindanao, particularly Muslim Mindanao. Eloquence and articulation are not enough to describe the place, the people, the situation. One needs to […]

BBL will be passed ahead of shift to federalism – Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 January) —  The law creating the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be passed this year, ahead of the shift to a federal system of government, President Rodrigo Duterte said. Duterte told MindaNews in a sit-down interview Friday that […]

BBL will be passed ahead of shift to federalism – Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 January) —  The law creating the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be passed this year, ahead of the shift to a federal system of government, President Rodrigo Duterte said. Duterte told MindaNews in a sit-down interview Friday that […]

Draft BBL as “urgent bill”: only nine session days left before recess

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will finally be certified by the President as an “urgent” bill following the meeting of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) which the President convened on September 20, and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza told MindaNews they are […]

COMMENT: Grave Reservation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 September) –– A year ago, to the month, we wrote  “Bangsamoro: Fulfillment or Denial Anew?”, published in series as “COMMENT” in MindaNews. The first of the series was published on September 25, 2016; however, due to changing developments calling for revisions to update the commentary the last of the […]

Duterte to biz sector: “There will be no peace in Mindanao for the longest time”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Sept) — As the Marawi Crisis and martial law-in-Mindanao entered Day 110 on Saturday, the country’s first Mindanawon President gave delegates to the 26th Mindanao Business Conference in Cagayan de Oro City mixed signals about Mindanao’s future under his administration. Reading his speech at the latter part of his 37-minute […]

Duterte sets Sept. 14 meeting with BTC and Congress leaders on Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) — President Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  in Malacanang on Monday, vowed to push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and set another meeting, also in Malacanang, with the 20-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that drafted the BBL and […]

34-member panel of Lumad elders, leaders to meet with BTC  on BBL provisions

DAVAO CITY – A 34-member panel comprising Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) elders and leaders will engage the 20-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in a roundtable discussion in relation to the 36 provisions of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that may “adversely impact our rights and way of life.” Lawyer Reuben Lingating, chair of the five-member […]

Is the BBL dead? proposed Bangsamoro law not among 28 priority bills

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 30 August) — Not a priority, just an afterthought. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), supposedly a priority measure that should be passed by yearend if the Duterte administration’s peace roadmap were followed, is not a priority after all. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Tuesday told a Malacanang press briefing that the […]

Draft BBL in Congress; awaits authors for filing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 August) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) finally reached Congress last week, a month after it was submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, but it has yet to be filed as a bill in the House of Representatives and the Senate. MindaNews asked Senate President Aquilino Pimentel and House Speaker […]

Draft BBL in Congress; awaits authors for filing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 August) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) finally reached Congress last week, a month after it was submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, but it has yet to be filed as a bill in the House of Representatives and the Senate. MindaNews asked Senate President Aquilino Pimentel and House Speaker […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: BBL’s Constitutional and Political Challenges

Last of a two-part series CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 18 August) — In calling to mind the controversial 2008 case of North Cotabato vs. The Government of the Republic, petitioners’ constitutional challenge against the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) hinged on two substantive issues, namely: first, did respondents violate constitutional and […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Mindanao Confessions: A Peace Process Drop-out

NEW ZEALAND (MindaNews / 17 Aug) — “I can no longer in good conscience support the government’s formal peace efforts that not only builds peace on a foundation of gross injustice and deception, but uses ‘peace and development’ as an excuse legitimizing the state-facilitated killing of nearly 5,000 people.  The current state of impunity perpetuates […]

At last, draft BBL transmitted to Senate, but no certificate of urgency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 August) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17 is finally in Congress, but no certificate of urgency accompanied its transmittal. Instead, Undersecretary Ryan Estevez of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) under the Office of the […]

Delay in passage of BBL expected as draft Bangsamoro law has yet to reach Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 August) — Delay in the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is to be expected as the draft law, as of August 14, has yet to reach Congress exactly four Mondays after its submission to President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Jr. last month announced he was […]

Abella: draft BBL on the way to Congress; ex-Pres. Arroyo files Bangsamoro bill

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 12 August) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may finally be on its way to Congress by Monday, August 14, exactly four weeks after it was submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17. This, as former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now Pampanga’s second district Representative to Congress, filed House […]

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: BBL 2014 vs BBL 2017: An initial analysis

CAGAYAN DE ORO  CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) — After decades of armed struggle for self-determination and numerous failed attempts at forging peace, the Bangsamoro people are given another chance at peace with the submission on Monday, July 17, of a new draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to President Rodrigo Duterte.  I […]

Duterte: “There shall be a Bangsamoro country”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) — “Within the context of the Republic of the Philippines, there shall be a Bangsamoro country,” President Rodrigo Duterte declared Tuesday after receiving a copy of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Duterte committed to “support and husband” the proposed BBL in Congress to ensure the passage of the […]

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law signed; ready for submission to President Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has completed its task to draft a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and is ready to submit it to President Rodrigo Duterte as soon as he is avaiable to receive it. “Tapos na and ready for submission,” BTC chair Ghazali Jaafar told MindaNews in […]

Five-member BTC Coordinating Committee to finalize draft BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /05 June) — The five-member Coordinating Committee of the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will meet again this weekend to finalize the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and submit it to the plenary for deliberation. This after the five standing committee of the 21-member BTC – Fiscal Autonomy, Political Autonomy, Basic Rights, Transitory, […]