‘Substitute BBL gives fewer powers to Bangsamoro chief’

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Government chief negotiator Miriam Ferrer on Thursday expressed reservations about Senator Bongbong Marcos’ substitute bill for the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Ferrer said though the parliamentary form of government was retained for the Bangsamoro, the...

Drilon: Changes in BBL substitute bill needed to make it constitutional

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senate President Franklin Drilon defended Thursday the changes made by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the Malacañang-backed proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Drilon said the changes were necessary to make the proposed measure constitutional. “Sa akin pong...

PNoy expresses hope for lasting peace in Mindanao

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Friday expressed hope for lasting peace in Mindanao as the country observes Eid’l Fitr, the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan. In his message, Aquino noted that the celebration of Eid’l Fitr this year “comes at a...

Bangsamoro basic law may be passed in Sept – Drilon

MANILA, June 8 (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday said the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law may be passed by September. Drilon said the Senate cannot pass the draft BBL by the end of the session before the end of the week since senators are already closing the...

Ex-chief justice thinks BBL creates ‘no-win’ situation

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno believes the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is creating a no-win situation that will cause trouble in the country whether or not it is passed by Congress. Puno said there are only two likely scenarios that would happen with the...

Senator pushes for amendment of BBL preamble to protect minority

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Teofisto Guingona III on Wednesday called for revisions in the preamble of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensure the protection of minority communities living in areas covered by the planned autonomous region. Guingona said there is a need to...

Lobregat: No to Bangsamoro chief police control

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The provision in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) granting the Bangsamoro chief minister operational control and supervision over the region’s police must be removed, a lawmaker said. Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat said putting the control of the police at...

Drilon: Senate to give special attention to BBL when session resumes

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Once Congress resumes sessions on Monday, the Senate will give “special legislative attention” to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to make sure that it will be constitutional, fair, and inclusive, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Friday. “It will receive...

Senate panel urged to invite Cardinal Tagle, Davide to BBL hearing

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Nancy Binay wants Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. and other convenors of the National Peace Summit to attend the resumption of the Senate public hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on...

Lesson of World War II: Peace should prevail at all costs — PNoy

MT. SAMAT, Bataan, Apr 9 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday reiterated the call to peace during his speech before some 1,500 veterans and guests at the commemoration of the 73rd Araw ng Kagitingan here.“Ang dating kalaban, katuwang na sa pagkamit ng...