Iqbal urges PNoy to certify as urgent draft Moro law
Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal asked President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday to certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to enable lawmakers to approve the bill on second reading and third reading at the soonest possible time.
Iqbal, at a news conference in the House of Representatives, urged the leadership of the 16th Congress to pass the draft law in November or December.
“The only window of opportunity is the next deadline, if I may call it as such, which will be in November to Dec. After that, it is all politics that fill the air,” Iqbal said.
“I appeal to the honorable members of both Chambers of Congress to rise to the occasion and be statesmen even for one moment in the history of this country. The fate of the BBL is in your hands, and history will judge you on how you dispense with the BBL,” Iqbal said.
Earlier, the leadership of the House of Representatives said that lawmakers’ “conscience votes” would decide the fate of the proposed peace measure at the House.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has set a new target date for the approval of the BBL: December 16, saying a “conscience vote” has to prevail among lawmakers in supporting or not supporting the measure.