Cotabato City (23 October 2014) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) reaffirmed its support to the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), otherwise known as House Bill No. 4994, in a public hearing conducted today by the House Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL in this city.
Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the BBL will help lay down the foundation for lasting peace and development in Mindanao.
“The BBL is the highest expression of the Bangsamoro people’s right to self-determination, and we in the ARMM trusts its provisions will be implementable, feasible, and is directed for the good of the people,” she said.
The public hearing drew participants from local government units, people’s organizations, the academe and other stakeholders. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the ad hoc committee, said the series of public hearings and consultations being undertaken separately by their committee and the Senate Committee on Local Government in different parts of Mindanao are meant to provide different stakeholders a venue to express their opinion and to be clarified on issues surrounding the proposed BBL.
The BBL will give way to the establishment of a new autonomous political entity, the Bangsamoro government, to replace the ARMM.
Alamia underscored the importance of placing the right people to complement the new structure, saying the new system would only be as good as the people running it.
“We are anticipating a better system with competent and committed people to administer the new entity,” she said.
Alamia said they support the passage of the law and have been hard at work to ensure a smooth transition to the political entity that will follow ARMM.
She said the leaders who will come after them will benefit from the gains of the reforms that have been undertaken by the working government of ARMM.
Other members of the ad hoc committee present were Rep. Bai Sandra Sema of the 1st District of Maguindanao and Cotabato City, Rep. Tupay Loong of Sulu and Rep. Jim Hataman-Salliman of Basilan. (Bureau of Public Information)