MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – After holding more than 40 public hearings on the matter, the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) puts the measure to a section-by-section vote starting on Monday, May 18. Voting may extend until Wednesday, May 20.
Lawmakers earlier said the proposed law would not pass without changes. What kind of law would come out of the committee level if it does pass? (READ: How different is ARMM from the Bangsamoro)
The BBL implements the peace deal of the government and rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front. It aims to create an enhanced autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao with greater powers and resources. The January 2015 Mamasapano bloodbath, however, threatened to derail its approval.
The original draft of the BBL can be found here. Read the consolidated version of the proposed amendments, which will be put to a vote, below to serve as your guide: