BBL good for entire PH, give it a chance -- Albay gov

LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY - With the pending passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Albay Governor Joey Salceda recently expressed support for its passage saying it should be given a chance because it promotes good governance and addresses Bangsamoro aspirations for self-determination and self-governance.

"It is only proper for us to stake (our support) in the BBL because something good could come out of this. We need to make this thing work as a nation. This is not only for the Bangsamoro but also for the benefit of the Filipino people," Salceda said.

He pointed out that the Bangsamoro would be different from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) because of the unique government structure that would ensure balance in the political power for all sectors and ensure proper representation for all stakeholders in the new political entity.

"The difference of BBL and ARMM is good governance. This situation is a general power play. Dapat nating binibigyan ng kapangyarihan ang mga karapat-dapat at responsableng tao na mamumuno sa atin (We should be giving power to the right and responsible leaders)," Salceda expressed.

The Bangsamoro government would be parliamentary in nature and democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the government through their representatives and that each sector must be equally given the chance to be represented, Salceda noted.

Through this government structure, 10% of the seat would be reserved to sectoral representatives, 50% for the party seats and 40% for district representatives. If the Chief Minister fails his mandate or is no longer acceptable to the public and the parliament, a vote of no confidence by the parliament would be enough to remove the person from the position.

"BBL is worth it and good for the country. ARMM is not responsive to the aspiration of the Bangsamoro people. Wala ng mandate para baguhin ito kaya kailangang gawan ng bagong batas (There are no mandates to change it so we need to create a new law), he explained.

"I am hoping for good governance in the Bangsamoro. I want us to look at ARMM as a lesson to be learned. It is not a mistake that should be repeated," Salceda concluded.

Source: Eden Gonzales