Three House of Representatives committees – committee on local government, committee on Muslim affairs, the special committee on peace, unity and reconciliation – approved on May 15 the committee report which consolidated House Bill (HB) 6475 with HBs 92, 6121 and 6263 authored by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo, respectively.
The consolidated bill provides for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) creation and the abolition of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), repealing for the purpose RA 9054, or the law strengthening and expanding the Organic Act for the ARMM, and RA 6734 or the law providing for an Organic Act for the ARMM.
“We welcome the passage of the Committee Report of House Bill 6475, which provides for the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
“The President has expressed his support and commitment to the Bangsamoro Basic Law as a significant step towards our quest for real and lasting peace in Mindanao,” he said.
He added that by having a Bangsamoro region within the context of our Republic, we will realize the aspirations of our Moro brothers and sisters for genuine self-determination and hopefully end the decade-long armed struggle, violence and injustice in Mindanao.
Sources: http://congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=10663; https://pcoo.gov.ph/news_releases/from-the-presidential-spokesperson-on-house-bill-6475/