FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a draft of the newly proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a turnover ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. Joining the President are (from left) Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Murad Ebrahim, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House of Representative (HOR) adjourned its session on Monday (July 23) without approving the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and with Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez still as the House Speaker.
The Senate ratified the BOL early today but without the ratification of the HOR, President Rodrigo Duterte would have no law to sign during his state of the nation address (SONA) this afternoon, as reported in the previous days.
Malacañang, meanwhile, called it “unfortunate” and a “temporary setback in the administration’s goal of laying the foundation for a more genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao.”
“We, however, remain confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the Bangsamoro Organic Law as soon as both houses of Congress finally ratify the bill,” added Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in statement on Monday. — Marje Pelayo.
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