MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III has started to make personal follow-ups with the government’s legal team in submitting the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress for ratification, Malacañang said Saturday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino recognizes the urgency of the situation but is “understanding” of the task at hand, given the intricacies of the draft measure.
“The president himself made several follow-ups of (the) legal team (but) is understanding of the task at hand,” Valte said on government-run dzRB radio.
She noted the draft law, which would pave the way for a Bangsamoro political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, is “two to three inches” thick.
One month after receiving the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, the Office of the President has yet to submit to Congress the proposed measure for ratification.
BTC chairman and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal told MindaNews on Friday that the draft is still with the OP.
Congress resumed sessions May 5 and will adjourn sine die on June 14.
But Valte quoted Aquino as saying, “I’m cognizant of the urgency but understanding of task at hand.” “Nagche-check si pangulo, kamusta na,” she said. (MNS)