12 senators sign Santiago report saying BBL draft is unconstitutional

MANILA (Mabuhay) – At least 12 senators have already signed the committee report drafted by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago stating that the Bangsamoro Basic Law should be substantially revised if it is to withstand legal scrutiny before the Supreme Court. With the signatures of...

OPAPP’s stubbornness on BBL delayed deliberation – Escudero

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law would have been easier and faster if the government peace panel has been open to the amendments and admitted its shortcomings earlier on, Senator Francis Escudero said Monday. During the Senate hearing on...

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...

SWS: After Mamasapano incident, approval rating for Bangsamoro deal and BBL dips

MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) – After the Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash that killed 44 Special Action Force personnel last Jan. 25, only about one of five Filipinos approve of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro political entity and the Bangsamoro Basic Law. These were among of...

Senate panel set to finish deliberations on BBL in two weeks

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Senate panel which is deliberating on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is set to transmit to the plenary its committee report on the controversial measure in the next two weeks to have it passed before the Senate adjourns sine die on June 11....

Usman killed in firefight with MILF — AFP

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Known bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman’s resistance against members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that were going to capture him when he entered their area started the firefight that led to his death, the Armed Forces of the Philippines...

Usman is dead, aide may have betrayed him – AFP

MANILA, May 4 (Mabuhay) — The military is verifying reports that wanted bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman died during a gun fight within his group, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said Monday. Speaking to reporters, Catapang...

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...

Govt forces kill Basit Usman in Maguindanao – military source

MANILA, May 3 (Mabuhay) – Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman, the target of a massive government dragnet since the January 25 Mamasapano mission where he escaped as police commandos were closing in on Malaysian terrorist Marwan, was killed before noon Sunday, according to reliable...

De Lima: 90 to be charged over Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Some 90 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and private armed groups had been recommended to be criminally charged for the Mamasapano clash, according to a report by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and...