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BBL still won’t pass the second deadline – Chiz

By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
June 2, 2015

PASAY CITY – Senator Chiz Escudero said the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is set to miss its deadline, yet again, as the Senate leadership looks at October to pass the measure.

“Di pa din ba sila nadala?” Escudero said of the deadlines given to the BBL approval, the first of which was in June.

Escudero pointed out that the supposed October deadline, as mentioned by Senate President Franklin Drilon, may still not be enough time to scrutinize and identify the necessary revisions and adjustments needed by the BBL.

“I honestly don’t know if a deadline is doable; we also have to factor in the bicameral approval. Again I am not a believer in deadlines when it comes to a very important piece of legislation.”

The senator said he has questions with the procedures adopted by the House in proposing the amendments in the BBL. “These are questions which have to do with the ones not provided for under the Constitution.”

“Basta ang importante, tama at maayos na BBL na tatalima sa Saligang-Batas ang maipasa. Imbes na BBL na minadali lamang,” Escudero added, saying the legislation should not compromise the accuracy and constitutionality of the law just to rush its enactment.