House, Bangsamoro Transition Commission to meet on BBL

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) — House leaders said they will meet with members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) on Tuesday to discuss the concerns of lawmakers on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The decision on the meeting was made after an all-member caucus on the BBL Monday afternoon to discuss lawmakers' proposed amendments.

Three house panels approved House Bill 6475 or the Bangsamoro Basic Law last week without any amendments.

The proposed measure authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is the same BBL version submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission to Congress.

Alvarez said House leaders and the BTC will look for a middle ground to unite the concerns of House members and members of the BTC, such as the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

"Tignan namin yung mga niraise na concern kung paano iaddress. So kinakailangan kasama rin sila para di na masyado maging problema sa plenary," he said.

[Translation: We will look at the concerns that were raised so we will know how to address them. So, they have to be included so there won't too many problems in plenary.]

Majority Leader Rudy Farinas said the meeting would take place in the morning, after which the House leadership may call for another all-member caucus to finalize the proposed amendments on the measure before they are taken up in the plenary.

Alvarez said he would ask President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the measure as urgent so they could pass it on third and final reading before Congress goes on a sine break which would start on June 1.