By Genalyn Kabiling
A bill creating a new Bangsamoro region will be finally be signed into law by President Duterte before his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday following the approval of the measure at the bicameral level, Malacañang said Thursday.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque lauded the bicameral conference committee for approving the reconciled version of the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law after nearly a week of deliberation.
“We thank our lawmakers and members of the Bangsamoro Transition Council because the bicameral conference on the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) is finished. Because they completed the bicameral conference, the President will sign the BBL before his SONA this coming Monday,” Roque said in Filipino during a Palace press briefing.
The bicameral conference committee approved the final version of the BBL, which has been renamed as organic law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) last Wednesday.
Roque said the Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to ratify the bicameral measure when they start the third regular session on Monday. It will then be submitted to the President for his signature before he delivers his nationwide public address that same day.
“Anytime now we can sign it. As soon as we receive the consolidated version of the proposed Republic Act, the President can sign it,” Roque said.
“It’s possible it will be on Monday. That’s the target anyway,” he added.
Despite the imminent approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, Roque still pushed for proposed amendments to the Constitution particularly the shift to a federal form of government. He said federalism would empower local government units to enhance development in their respective regions.
“There is a need to change the Constitution, to make this an institutional change,” he said.