By Hannah Torregoza
Senate majority leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri on Monday said he is saddened over the House of Representatives’ failure to ratify the Bangsamoro organic law (BOL) due to the political tension in the lower chamber.
Zubiri expressed his disappointment a few hours after the Senate approved the bicameral conference committee report on the Bangsamoro organic law.
“Malungkot na malungkot ako na hindi natuloy ang pag-aprub ng bicam report sa House ng BOL (I am very saddened that the House failed to rarify the bicam report on the BOL),” Zubiri said.
“Off course gusto sana namin ma-highlight ito sa SONA ng Pangulo at maging symbolic gesture of peace to our brothers in the Bangsamoro region lalo na sa stakeholders,” he said.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives were supposed to ratify the bicameral conference committee report on the Bangsamoro organic law on Monday morning as Congress resumed regular session before Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the afternoon.
The Senate was able to ratify the bicam report, but the House failed to do so after a leadership struggle ensued between House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and former president and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Zubiri is chair of the Senate subcommittee that tackled the Bangsamoro bill and led the Senate contingent in the bicam.
“So it’s not the end for the BOL, it’s just a temporary setback,” Zubiri said.