Belmonte still sees passage of Bangsamoro law in September

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) – House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. remains optimistic that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be passed by the House of Representatives on third and final reading before the end of September despite the quorum woes besetting the cham...

‘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...

Mamasapano report to be discussed in Senate plenary soon – Poe

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Reversing her earlier decision, Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday said that her committee report on the deadly Mamasapano incident will now be tackled in the plenary. “Magkakaroon ng plenary na ukol dito sapagkat si Senator Alan Cayetano ay nagsulat upang pabuksan...

PNP chief Marquez: Families of SAF 44 to continue receiving govt assistance

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The families of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos killed in a clash with various armed groups in Mamasapano last January will continue receiving assistance from the government even after the change in the Philippine National Police’s leadership,...

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...

SC junks plea vs. BBL, calls it premature

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking to declare as unconstitutional the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is currently still being deliberated in Congress. In a full court session, the magistrates said the petition, filed by Rolando...

Bishop to Aquino: Consider letting Congress in next admin tackle BBL passage

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III may have to consider letting the next administration push for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress, a Catholic bishop said Friday. Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo said it is better to...

Govt chief negotiator: Best to pass BBL as soon as possible

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Government chief peace negotiator Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on Tuesday reiterated that Bangsamoro Basic Law is best passed as soon as possible. Ferrer acknowledged that both houses of Congress have their own schedule. “Nasa initiative talaga ng Senate at...

Despite challenges in Congress, Aquino undaunted on Bangsamoro law

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Despite an admission from lawmakers that passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be an uphill battle in Congress, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday expressed his determination to have his allies in the majority pass the controversial legislation. In...

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...