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Congress bends on ending BBL probe by tomorrow

Robert Vinas/ Malacanang Photo Bureau)

The House AD HOC Committee on the Bangsamoro will try to end its hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law by tomorrow, Wednesday.

According to the Chairman of the Committee, Cagayan De Oro Cong. Rufus Rodriguez, members of the Constitutional Commission and local officials will appear once again at the hearing tomorrow.

There will be an Executive Session on Monday so that the committee can discuss all information gathered during the said hearings.

It will be included in the Committee report which will be given to the plenary.

The AD HOC Committee conducted several hearings in different provinces of Mindanao and Visayas to gather the public’s sentiments on the BBL.

Congress would like to ratify the BBL before the end of March.

Meanwhile, leaders of different organizations went to the Office of the President to raise their disapproval on the MRT/LRT fare hike.

In a petition letter submitted to Malacanang, the group headed by AKBAYAN Party List Rep. Walden Bello and Ibarra Gutierrez, they are trying to convince President Benigno Aquino III use his power of control to nullify the Department Order of the DOTC, ordering the increase in fare for both the MRT and LRT.

Gutierrez insisted that there are alternative ways instead of making the public shoulder the expenses.

One of them is if the government will just force employers through increasing the regional tripartite wage and productivity board in NCR that will implement the 13 pesos COLA for all employees.

Also, big time business owners can acquire stored value card for their employees commuting through the MRT/LRT.

For Bello, the President should order an extensive consultation on the issue of fare hike and have the private owners of the two massive transport systems investigated.    (with DZRH Leth Narciso-Abinales)

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