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BBL, House Speaker Arroyo, SOGIE | Evening wRap

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

SWS says Filipinos 'neutral' on proposed Bangsamoro law

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:44 AM

The Social Weather Stations survey also shows that Filipinos tend to believe the proposed Bangsamoro law will help bring peace in Mindanao

PROPOSED BBL. Members of the House and the Senate pose for a picture during the ceremonial signing of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law during a bicameral conference in the Senate on July 18, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Fariñas stands by constitutionality of draft Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:18 AM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas welcomes moves to challenge the bill before the Supreme Court

BICAM FINISHED. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (2nd from L) and Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri (2nd from R) present the draft Bangsamoro Organic Law together with BTC chairperson Ghazali Jaafar (middle) and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal (1st from R). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bicam OKs final Bangsamoro bill for Duterte signature

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law ahead of his 3rd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23

BBL Bicam signing. Photo by Mark Pimentel/Office of Senator Angara

Plebiscite, preamble, PH laws among last issues at Bangsamoro bicam

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri misses his target to finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday, July 17, because of issues raised by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

CAUCUS. Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar speaks to journalists after a caucus with the bicameral conference committee in Mandaluyong City on July 17, 2018, to discuss the BTC’s issues concerning the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law’s preamble and other provisions. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Bicam OKs joint powers for Bangsamoro, DOE on energy sources

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says the bicameral conference committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law decided to adopt the Senate version on the matter

ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. Senate Majority Leader and bicam chairperson Miguel Zubiri announces another provision in the proposed BBL they have agreed on. File photo by the House of Representatives

BBL's hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf?

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

It's a deadlock at the bicameral conference committee

HOT ISSUE. Maguindanao 1st District Representative Bai Sandra Sema (middle) and Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali (R) fight for the Bangsamoro's jurisdiction over the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam approves creation of Shari'ah High Court in Bangsamoro

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Under the proposed Bangsamoro justice system, Shari'ah or Islamic law would only be applicable to Muslims. But non-Muslims may volunteer to submit to the jurisdiction of Shari'ah courts.

SHAR'IAH LAW. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says they have already adopted provisions establishing the Bangsamoro justice system on July 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bicam draft 'not a watered-down BBL,' says BTC chair Jaafar

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Bangsamoro Transition Commission chair Ghazali Jaafar says they understand President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to endorse the provision requiring the approval of the mother units before areas in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato can join the Bangsamoro

'NOT WATERED DOWN.' BTC chairperson and MILF vice chairperson Ghazali Jaafar grants a media interview on the proposed BBL on July 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lanao del Norte's Dimaporo ready to question an unconstitutional BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'We're all adults here. If I don't get what I want and I feel that this is unconstitutional, I'll challenge it in the Supreme Court, period,' says Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Khalid Dimaporo

Photo by Camille Elemia

How heightened emotions, stress define bicam on proposed BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions flare as lawmakers finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. It is expected to continue, especially as they try to break the impasse on the most crucial issues of territory and plebiscite.

BBL BICAMERAL. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Monday met in a bicameral conference to reconcile their respective proposals, House Bill 6475 and Senate Bill 1717, on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas headed the House panel while Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri led the Senate panel. The House delegation is composed of Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, and Representatives Juan Pablo Bondoc, Arthur Defensor Jr., Johnny Ty Pimentel, Eugene Michael De Vera, Pedro Acharon Jr., Mauyag Papandayan Jr., Ruby Sahali, Rodolfo Albano III, Amihilda Sangcopan, Wilter Wee Palma II, Celso Lobregat, Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, Abdullah Dimaporo, Romeo Acop, Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Shernee Abubakar Tan, and Rodante Marcoleta. The Senate panel includes Senators Sonny Angara, Aquilino Pimentel III, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Francis Escudero, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, and Francis Pangilinan. Senate President Vicente Sotto III was also present for the deliberations. (P Camero/CMB Engracia)

Bicam to seek Duterte help to solve Bangsamoro plebiscite deadlock

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) The panel is set to go to Malacañang on Wednesday, July 11, as the House and Senate contingent could not agree on how to finalize the plebiscite in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

Bicam OKs freedom of religion in proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We need to be mindful of the fact that people are harassed or subjected to violence because of their choice of beliefs in certain areas of the country,' says Senator Joel Villanueva, proponent of the clause promoting religious freedom in the region

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam adopts Senate provision vs Bangsamoro firearms purchase

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'What if 30 years down the line...there’s a new brand of leadership that goes into the Bangsamoro and they’re radicalized...and they want to do some foolishness and they will buy firearms, tanks, and airplanes with the funds?' asks Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Lawmakers' fear of territorial loss delays final BBL scope, plebiscite

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:43 PM

'I understand the positions of district congressmen because it's a loss of territory for them and medyo mabigat 'yan and malalim….Diyan medyo madugo,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, co-chair of the bicameral conference committee

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam makes release of funds easier for Bangsamoro

Jul 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Bangsamoro would no longer be required to specify plans before getting its share of the national internal revenue, but the bicameral conference committee says measures remain in place to ensure proper spending

BLOCK GRANT. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri speaks to reporters at the end of the first day of the bicameral conference committee meetings on the BBL. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Why Drilon didn't push for anti-dynasty in BBL bicam

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'As a form of protest, I did not argue and push for its adoption anymore because the provision, as crafted, is useless,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, proponent of the anti-political dynasty provision

Sen. Frankin Drilon Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

Bangsamoro territory in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato still up for debate

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers anticipate difficult discussions on how these areas would be included in the Bangsamoro region

TERRITORY TALKS. Members of the bicameral conference committee on the BBL meet on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP. Photo courtesy of P Camero/CMB Engracia

Bicam drops anti-dynasty provision in Bangsamoro bill

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, some members of which belong to political families, has strongly opposed the ban on dynasties, saying it is a 'clear violation' of a person's right to vote and be voted

Bicameral Committee. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

BBL bicam OKs 75-25 Bangsamoro, central gov’t wealth sharing

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says the Bangsamoro Transition Commission has disagreed with the Senate proposal to decrease the current wealth-sharing terms to 50-50

BICAM. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri (R) and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (L) during the bicam meeting on the BBL on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Final version of BBL must pass ‘test of constitutionality,’ say bicam members

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:29 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law's constitutional issues must be resolved to avoid a scenario where the Supreme Court will later deem it unconstitutional

BICAM BEGINS. The bicameral conference committee members begin their week-long meetings on the proposed BBL. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bicam to reconcile conflicting provisions of Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 09, 2018 - 6:53 AM

The work is cut out for the lawmakers forming the bicameral conference committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, with its House and Senate versions proposing conflicting amendments

BICAM BEGINS. Legislators will spend a week to tackle the conflicting provisions in the House and Senate versions of the BBL

Congress 'absolutely needs' to clarify BBL will not grant secession – Carpio

Jun 23, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'If there is even a shadow of doubt, then the right to self-determination can be interpreted in the light of the long history of secessionist movements,' says Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

CLARIFY BBL. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio calls on Congress to clarify provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law which may open up the possibility of secession. Photo by Rappler

Duterte hopes for Nur Misuari's input in BBL

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:52 PM

"'Pag hindi naman tayo nagka-aregluhan, eh ako nasa gitna, mahirapan ako, sino'ng barilin ko?' asks President Rodrigo Duterte

MEETING WITH MISUARI. In this March 2017 photo, President Duterte hugs MNLF chairman Nur Misuari during their meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City. Malacañang photo

Peace talks, Leni on pesos, Trump salutes NorKor General | Evening wRap

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Vernise Tantuco

Final version of BBL holds fate of Mindanao peace process

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front seeks to restore deleted provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which implements a peace deal with the government

Difficult work ahead to reconcile Senate, House versions of BBL

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The ban on political dynasties, the powers given to officials, and the tax scheme in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law are only some of the contentious proposals that both chambers of Congress need to iron out

House approves proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

May 30, 2018 - 5:04 PM

(UPDATED) District representatives replace House Bill No. 6475 with a substitute bill containing the amendments they want to introduce in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

APPROVED. Lawmakers gave their nod to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 30, 2018.

Duterte certifies BBL as urgent, LTFRB on Grab, COA on OGCC | Evening wRap

May 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte certifies BBL as urgent a day before Congress adjourns

May 29, 2018 - 5:31 PM

(UPDATED) Congress is set to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on Wednesday, May 30, so the bill becomes a law before President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address in July

PEACE IN MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte poses with MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, MILF vice chairman for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar, and Bangsamoro Transition Commission members during the turnover of the proposed BBL in July 2017. File photo from Malacañang

Duterte on BBL, Inquirer and Mon Tulfo, Cayetano lectures DFA personnel | Midday wRap

May 29, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte to certify BBL as urgent on May 29 – lawmakers

May 28, 2018 - 11:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'Tawfiq (Agreement) reigns in the heart of the men and women who are true to the quest of the Bangsamoro,' says Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali after their meeting with the President

BBL MEETING. Representatives Ruby Sahali (4th from R) and Bai Sandra Sema (3rd from R) during their meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the BBL on May 28, 2018. Photo sourced by Rappler

Malacañang on Calida, Land Management Bureau fire, Sung Kim on U.S.-North Korea summit | Evening wRap

May 28, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Roque on blacklisted Chinese firms, PH in competitive rankings, House on BBL | Evening wRap

May 24, 2018 - 7:02 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Senate on BBL, Malacanang on Marawi rehab, Carpio and Del Rosario on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

AFP chief: BBL passage directly linked to peace

May 15, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law has a direct correlation to peace. It has a positive and direct correlation,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

BBL WILL BRING PEACE. Muslim women advocate the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

House joint panels approve proposed BBL without amendments

May 15, 2018 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) No amendments are included in the committee report on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law despite 22 hearings held to discuss provisions of the measure

APPROVED. Three committees of the House give their nod to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 15, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

FULL TEXT: AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr's speech at turnover rites

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:51 AM

'While we give primacy to peace, we will never hesitate to use our might when innocent civilians are threatened and attacked,' says Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the command saber from outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero to newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Zubiri wants Bangsamoro bill passed on Marawi siege anniversary

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri works out a timeline to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's wish to sign the law creating the new Bangsamoro region in June

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents attend a public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

In meeting with Duterte, lawmakers vow to pass BBL by May

Mar 28, 2018 - 5:10 PM

If Congress does not pass the Bngsamoro Basic Law, Duterte plans to use his 'residual powers' to help further the cause for peace in Mindanao, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghadzali Jaafar and MILF Peace Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal during a meeting in Davao City on March 27, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dividing Bangsamoro government needed to govern smaller islands

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Officials involved in the implementation of the 4-year-old peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front back President Rodrigo Duterte's proposal to divide the Bangsamoro entity

BONGAO COASTLINE. Tawi-Tawi's capital, Bongao, will be part of the Mindanao Development Corridor which includes a project for the province's freeport and economic zone. Photo by Mick Basa / Rappler

Duterte eyes dividing Bangsamoro entity

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wonders if the Bangsamoro entity should be further divided into regions representing tribes. He wants the issue resolved this year, by the time Congress passes the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) Executive Chair Datu Roel Ali Sr. after the latter delivered his welcome remarks during the 16th founding anniversary of STCPD at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018. Also in the photo is Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chair Eduardo del Rosario. Malacañang Photo

WATCH: Still no justice 50 years after Jabidah Massacre

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Half a century later, the names of slain young Moros remain carved on concrete walls while justice is still nowhere to be found

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Ateneo presidents urge lawmakers to 'immediately' pass BBL

Mar 17, 2018 - 4:09 PM

'We implore our legislators not to delay such passage any further,' Ateneo presidents across the country urge Congress

BRING BACK BBL. Muslim women advocate the passage of the contentious Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

Lanao del Norte bats for province-wide plebiscite for BBL inclusion of 6 towns

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:46 PM

A province-wide plebiscite election would determine whether 6 towns – Tagoloan, Balo-I, Pantar, Munai, Tangcal, and Nunungan – will be included or excluded from Bangsamoro Basic Law territories

PLEBISCITE? BBL hearing in Lanao de Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lawmakers tell Duterte they'll pass BBL by end of May

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:32 PM

Leaders of Congress say they aim to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law by May 30 of this year

Con-Com members point out challenges for BBL with federal shift

Mar 13, 2018 - 6:59 PM

MILF officials maintain that the Bangsamoro Basic Law should be passed before the ratification of a new federal constitution

Senate committee seeks to ban dynasties, turncoatism in Bangsamoro

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Read the other salient features of the Senate's proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to give political and fiscal autonomy to the region

LANDMARK MEASURE. Photo taken during the Senate consultations in Tawi-Tawi on February 8, 2018. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bangsamoro region will fail if dynasties are not banned, lawmakers told

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says 3 out of the 5 poorest provinces in the country are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and have a high share of 'fat dynasties'

BBL. Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says there is a need for an anti-dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or else it would be another failure just like the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

BBL should ensure wise fiscal spending in Bangsamoro – Dominguez

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:05 PM

'A lot of this you have to understand needs the acceptance of the public outside of the area. Because taxes from Luzon, Visayas will be provided here and if the people do not agree that this money is being spent correctly, then we will have a problem.'

Senate Hearing BBL 11th Session February 13 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler