Senate approves BBL with no negative vote

The Senate of the Philippines approved on final reading the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during its May 30 session that lasted until early May 31. The Senate voted 21-0. Senators Leila de Lima and Manny Pacquiao were not present to vote.

This is after the House of Representatives voted 227-11-2 approving its version of BBL.

With both houses approving their own versions, a bicameral conference committee will meet to reconcile conflicting provisions.

The reconciled version will then go back to respective houses for ratification before sending it to President Rodrigo Duterte for enactment.

“After a long and arduous process of consultation with various stakeholders that took us to the provinces included in this proposal, we are glad that the bill creating the Bangsamoro Basic Law has been approved for final reading in the Senate,” Senator Sonny Angara said.

“We are optimistic that the listening tours and consultations conducted by the Sub-Committee on Local Government with those in favor as well as those against the measure, have positively contributed to strengthening and improving the proposed BBL that will grant self-rule to many areas in Mindanao,” he added.