By Francis Wakefield
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Proceas (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza assured the key stakeholders of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that Congress will work on a single version of the law that conforms to the Constitution.
In his keynote message during the National Conference on the Bangsamoro Basic Law and Federalism in a hotel in Makati City on Thursday, Dureza said the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) is working closely with the lawmakers for the bicameral conference that will reconcile both chambers’ version.
“The work towards a more acceptable version of the BBL is still continuing,” he said. The Senate and the House of Representatives passed the BBL last May and will convene in a bicameral conference before President Rodrigo Duterte signs the measure into a law in July.
Dureza also challenged the Conference delegates to continue rallying the people to support the law.
“The work has not stopped. There is still a lot to be done. We hope that our partners will continue to work for your advocacy in your communities because we cannot leave this totally to the sound judgment of Congress,” Dureza said.
“We must make them (people on the ground) start feeling that there are dividends of peace coming out of this effort,” he added.
Around 250 stakeholders and policymakers from Mindanao and the National Capital Region attended the conference, which was organized by the Institute of Autonomy and Governance (IAG) and International Alert Philippines with support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia.