Bills approved by the Bangsamoro Parliament since its creation in 2019

As the third regular session of the Bangsamoro Parliament begins tomorrow, here is an overview of the bills that have been passed into law. There are approximately 100 bills filed in the plenary. Eighteen of the proposed measures were passed. These legislative measures have established (1) the operation of priority codes, (2) the creation and…

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Bangsamoro Parliament eyes passage of remaining priority codes on third regular session

COTABATO CITY – The passage of remaining priority codes will be the Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s top agenda once the Parliament resumes its legislative duties for the third regular session, said Speaker Atty. Ali Pangalian Balindong. The three remaining key legislation cited in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) are electoral, local government, and revenue code.  The…

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How does a bill become a law: The Bangsamoro Parliamentary Process

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) defined the power of the Parliament to enact laws promoting and ensuring the welfare of the people within its jurisdiction—the Bangsamoro people and other residents living in the region.  Under the Rules of the Parliament, “No bill shall become a law in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region unless it has passed…

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What are the functions of the Bangsamoro Parliament Officers?

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) mandates the power of the Members of the Parliament (MPs) to appoint officers composed of the Speaker, Deputy Speakers, and the other officers.  The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) officers are chaired by the Speaker, followed by the Deputy Speakers, Majority and Minority Floor Leaders.  This governing body performs a significant…

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What are the functions of the Bangsamoro Parliament’s Committees?

Committees of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) are composed of Members of the Parliament (MPs), who are experts in recognized fields necessary for the fulfilment of the interim government’s duties specified in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). All committees have ‘oversight functions and responsibilities’, including setting legislative targets, reviewing the performance of offices, and securing…

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Senator Drilon urges Senate to expedite bill resetting BARMM elections

COTABATO CITY – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urged his colleagues in the chamber to speed up the passage of the legislation that would extend the transition period in the Bangsamoro until 2025 “to provide stability in the region.” “We cannot bungle and mess up with what is otherwise a simple postponement of the BARMM election.…

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If simplified, bill resetting BARMM polls to 2025 could pass Senate next week, says Senator Zubiri

COTABATO CITY– Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri recommended simplifying Senate Bill 2214 to just changing the date of the BARMM election from 2022 to 2025 as “it will be easier to stand the issue of constitutionality if somebody challenges this in the Supreme Court.” “I think, if it is just Section 1 of the…

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Senators Zubiri, Tolentino clarify: Proposed Senate Bill 2214 shows equitable distribution of positions in the BTA

COTABATO CITY – If the proposed Senate Bill 2214 is passed into law, “there will be equitable distribution of positions in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).” Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri and Senator Francis Tolentino, sponsor of the bill, made this clarification after receiving concerns from some individuals that the representation of settler communities and other…

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Senator Tolentino asks colleagues support for bill on extending BTA term

COTABATO CITY – Senator Francis Tolentino asked his colleagues in the Senate to support the bill seeking to postpone the first regular elections in the Bangsamoro region from 2022 to 2025. “I ask my colleagues in this august chamber to support this measure extending the term of the BTA (Bangsamoro Transition Authority), not the personalities involved,…

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Bangsamoro Parliament approves education code

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Parliament approved on Tuesday the Bangsamoro Education Code, a measure that will provide for the establishment, management, and support of a complete and integrated quality education system in the Bangsamoro region. By nominal voting, 61 Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) members voted in favor of the Cabinet Bill No. 70. “As…

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