Basilan clash won’t affect timetable of Bangsamoro Law — Palace

April 14, 2014 7:25 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, April 13 (PNA) — Despite the recent clash in Basilan that killed at least seven people and injured 28 others in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf elements, Malacanang on Sunday said that it won’t affect the timetable of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in an interview on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, said that the government remains determined to complete it whatever the odds.

“Hindi po apektado ‘yung ating timetable doon sa Bangsamoro Law,” Coloma said. “Buong-buo ang ating determinasyon at kumpyansa na maisasagawa ito sa kabila ng mga ibang pangyayari diyan, ano.”

“Our timetable on the Bangsamoro Law is not affected (by the recent clash),” Coloma said. “We have full determination and confidence that we will accomplish it despite these incidents.”

At present, the drafted law will be reviewed by the Office of the President before Congress resumes session on May 5.

Coloma, however, did not provide a definite deadline on when the draft law will be transmitted to Congress.

"Ang nilalayon ay maisumite ito sa ating Kongreso sa lalong madaling panahon para (sa) kanilang talakayan at maganap ‘yung pagsasabatas nito na naaayon sa takdang timetable," the PCOO chief said.

“Our goal is to submit the draft law to Congress at the soonest possible time for their deliberations and its passage according to the timetable,” the PCOO chief said.

The proposed law will be certified as urgent by President Benigno S. Aquino III once it is passed on to Congress. (PNA)

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