Press Release
April 9, 2015

Nancy to ask conveners of 'peace council' to attend BBL hearing

Senator Nancy Binay today said she will ask Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. to invite the conveners of the National Peace Summit to the Senate's hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on Monday.

The lady senator believes that Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr., Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Howard Dee and Muslim Princess Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman can aid the Senate Committee on Local Government, led by Marcos, in making decisions pertaining to the BBL.

They have earlier been chosen to lead the National Peace Summit on the peace agreement which is now mired in controversy, following lawmakers' criticisms that it was unconstitutional and favored the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The BBL earned even more criticisms after the bloody Mamasapano encounter that killed 44 Special Action Force commandos, for which the MILF has been blamed by many.

Binay said the continued discussion on the BBL was important in ensuring lasting peace in strife-torn Mindanao.

"I am urging Senator Marcos to invite them as resource persons to the hearings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Their presence in the hearings will not only ensure that every sector is well represented but also provide for more information that will lead to a better understanding of the Bangsamoro Basic Law," she noted.

"Hingan po natin ng komento ang lahat ng concerned dito. Kailangan pong mapakinggan natin ang bawat sektor upang mas mapagtuunan natin ng pansin ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayang maaapektuhan ng batas na ito," Binay added.

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