Marcos: Congress can still pass BBL if House has quorum to approve it

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said Congress may still be able to approve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law if the House of Representatives can muster a quorum to tackle its own version of the bill. In a press statement, Marcos, chairman of the Senate...

‘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...

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....

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...

Guingona defends Iqbal’s refusal to reveal his true name

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Teofisto Guingona III defended Monday Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal’s refusal to reveal his real name. During the resumption of the Senate hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Guingona said the anti-alias laws of...

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...