Fariñas confirms Bicam meeting on July 18 as solons miss BBL target

Published July 17, 2018, 8:47 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Ellson Quismorio

The Bicameral Conference Committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will reconvene Wednesday after it failed to meet its original target of approving a consolidated bill Tuesday.

This was confirmed by House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to reporter at around 8 p.m. Tuesday, two hours before the scheduled suspension of the Bicam meetings that day.

The venue Wednesday will be the Senate.

“Yes, with our sub-committees meeting at 10 a.m., and the BiCam Com proper meeting at 1 p.m., at the Senate,” said Fariñas when asked if there would be another Bicam meeting today.

Asked what caused the joint House and Senate panels to miss their target, Fariñas said it was simply a case of them wanting to produce a better BBL–now officially called the “Organic Law for the Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.”

“Due diligence out of our desire to come up with a better output,” said the Ilokano congressman, who led the House panel in the Bicam.

Mindanaoan Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri led the Senate panel in the high-stakes meeting for the landmark legislature.

The first four days of Bicam were held at Royal Crowne Plaza hotel in Pasig City last week, while Tuesday’s proceedings took place at Edsa Shangri-La hotel in Mandaluyong City.