MANILA (Xinhua) – The Philippine government takes the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as a top priority in 2015, a senior government official said on Saturday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte expressed hope that Congress will continue to focus on the priority pieces of legislation of the Aquino administration.
“Being a separate and co-equal branch of the government, we will continue to work with them on the priority pieces of legislation that both sides would want to see coming to fruition for 2015,” she said in an interview over a state-run radio station.
“Of course, our priority is the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is already in Congress,” she added.
The enactment of the Bangsamoro bill is part of the peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the country.
Both sides have been pushing for the passage of the law by the first quarter of 2015 in time for the holding of the first election in the envisioned Bangsamoro entity by May 2016.