Duterte to present 'gameplan' on how BBL will be passed

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may not have been certified as urgent, but President Rodrigo Duterte is assuring the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) he will keep his promise to "husband" the measure until it becomes law.

The President met the MILF Central Committee, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), which drafted the bill, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Senate President Koko Pimentel, and Peace Process Adviser Jesus Dureza in Malacañang Thursday.

Duterte vowed to present a "gameplan" that will make sure the bill will be passed in Congress.

"In short, just some kind of roadmap that the President would like to present to the MILF and the BTC on how to see to it that he complies and he is true to his commitment that he will husband the BBL to its logical conclusion," Dureza said of the plan.

Another meeting will be held to discuss this "roadmap," which Dureza said will have a "comprehensive approach" to make sure the BBL will not suffer the same fate as the one filed during the Aquino administration.

Dureza said the Office of the President is still working on this strategy with the leadership of both chambers of Congress.

He said there was no discussion on why the BBL was not certified as urgent.

On the peace talks with communists, Dureza said, "The status is the President announced the cancellation. Up to now there is no written cancellation."

But he added, "Ang termination kasi, that needed to be sent. By the way, is not the cancellation of the talks. It is the cancellation of the Joint Agreement on Safety on Immunity Guarantees, the JASIG. Because 'pag may cancellation ka ng JASIG, yung mga pinakawalan will have to be taken back but that has not been sent."

[Translation: A termination, that needed to be sent. By the way, it is not the cancellation of the talks. It is the cancellation of the Joint Agreement on Safety on Immunity Guarantees, the JASIG. Because when you cancel the JASIG, those released will have to be taken back, but that has not been sent.]

Duterte praises OPAPP

Duterte delivered a speech at the 24th anniversary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Thursday where he expressed gratitude for the agency's contributions.

"Your efforts turned enemies into friends and partners brought hope to conflict-torn areas, communities, and uplifted the spirits of people who for decades dreamt of peace," Duterte said during the ceremony in Malacañang.

He added the OPAPP's efforts made Filipinos believe "that lasting peace is possible."