The Senate on Tuesday, May 22, asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to certify the Senate bill on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as an urgent measure.
The request was coursed through a letter dated May 21, which was signed by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri.
“May we once again respectfully request that Senate Bill No. 1717 under Committee Report No. 255 entitled ‘An Act Providing for the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro and Abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao…’ be certified as urgent by your Administration,” the letter stated.
The letter also indicated that the Senate aims to pass the proposed BBL on third and final reading before the Congress sine die adjournment on June 2.
The proposed BBL remained pending on second reading in the Senate while the status of its version in the House of Representatives remained in the committee level.
Last April, Mr. Duterte also directed Congress to pass the proposed BBL before it adjourns in June through separate letters sent by the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) to then Senate President Aquilino L. Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez. — Camille A. Aguinaldo