Rodolfo Fariñas still confident Congress can pass BBL on time

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Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas on May 21 is confident President Rodrigo Duterte will be able to sign the the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July.

But the Ilocos Norte politiko admitted Congress is working on a tight schedule to be able to pass the proposed measure.

“To get it on 3rd reading, we have to finish it by May 30 or Wednesday next week, or we can hold sessions Thursday and May 31),” Fariñas said.

If both the House and Senate versions of the proposed BBL end up being the same, then there will be no need to convene a bicameral conference committee.

Fariñas also said Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez can ask the President to certify the BBL as urgent.

Doing so will allow lawmakers to approve the bill on 2nd and 3rd reading on the same day.

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