Peace adviser: Proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to be certified urgent by June

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) — The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be certified as urgent by June, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said on Thursday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, Dureza said President Rodrigo Duterte met with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Koko Pimentel "more than a week ago."

"Both committed that they will work upon the resumption of Congress. (There will be) plenary debates agad [at once] and hopefully we'll be able to come up with a consolidated bill," said Dureza.

"Before they adjourn, they will come up with a certification to certify it as urgent para maisalang kaagad natin ito [for it to move quickly]," he added.

Both houses of Congress are on recess until May 13, 2018.

The next session will run from May 14 until it is adjourned on June 1.

Duterte in March expressed support for the proposed BBL, a bill that will create an autonomous region for Moros in Mindanao effectively replacing the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Related: Duterte: I want BBL before the end of the year

Proposals for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region have been filed by Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Maguindanao Rep. Bai Sandra Sema and Lanao del Norte Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo.

A counterpart bill was filed by Senator Miguel Zubiri.