Melee stalls autonomy law
The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) or the former Bangsamoro Basic Law was the main victim of the failed leadership takeover attempt at the House of Representatives after the chamber failed to ratify it.
The House abruptly adjourned its morning session without ratifying the bicameral conference committee report on the OLBARMM.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri called a “temporary setback” the delay in the House ratification of the bill.
The Senate passed the landmark law yesterday. “This is not the end for BOL; it’s just a temporary setback. We are looking at maybe a one-day delay,” Zubiri said.
“It could be passed. I think the intramurals with the House leadership has nothing to do with the BOL. It was a totally different problem altogether. The BOL, as far as the House is concerned, is already approved,” he added.
Zubiri, however, said he was saddened the signing did not happen during President Duterte’s 3rd State of the Nation Address (SoNA).
Deputy Majority Leader Juan Pablo Bondoc moved to adjourn the session until 4 p.m. for the President’s SoNA following an hour-long suspension.
Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia immediately acted on Bondoc’s motion despite objection from Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr.
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas earlier said the House would ratify the measure at the opening of the third regular session to pave the way for President Duterte’s signing of the landmark measure on or before the SoNA.
The sudden halt in the session was the result of moves to unseat Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez by the group of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Both chambers need to ratify the autonomy bill for it to be signed into law by Mr. Duterte, who was expected to highlight the peace deal with the largest Muslim rebel group in his annual SoNA before a joint session of Congress later Monday. The rebels didn’t immediately react.
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