If Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) Congressman Win Gatchalian would have his way, the Bangsamoro Basic Law should be left for the next administration to decide for continuity and sustainability of the law.
“The next administration might have a different view about the BBL, which hangs in the balance up to now. It is in this light that the BBL should be left for the next administration to decide for continuity and sustainability of the law,” said Gatchalian, who represents Valenzuela City’s 1st congressional district.
Gatchalian is also doubtful that the House of Representatives can pass the BBL in January next year given the lack of material time.
“Besides, we have barely five months to go before the May 9, 2016 elections and this will definitely have a bearing on the enthusiasm of lawmakers in approving the BBL before Congress goes on recess in February,” Gatchalian pointed out.
Gatchalian believes that it would be more realistic if the next administration will be the one to decide the BBL.
“I don’t think Congress will be able to act swiftly for the BBL’s approval since we still have to finish the period of interpellation and this will definitely take time especially for those questioning the unconstitutional provisions of the BBL,” said Gatchalian.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has expressed confidence there would be enough votes in the House to pass the BBL in January. The problem of quorum, however, prevents House leaders from proceeding with the BBL’s period of interpellation.
“From where I stand, it would be best to let the next administration decide on the fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. I believe that this is the politically correct thing to do,” said Gatchalian. (R. Burgos)