Cordi gains yet another autonomy ally in PLLO

>> Thursday, July 5, 2018

By Marlo Lubguban 

BAGUIO -- Undersecretary Ryan Esteves of Presidential Legislative Liaison Office  said the PLLO will be very supportive of Cordillera autonomy saying  the next four months will be very crucial in attaining this.
Esteves bared this in a workshop with the Regional Development Council last June 8.
            He committed PLLO’s support to the passage of the proposed Cordillera organic act and shared that it is more likely to be passed with the recent passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
           The workshop was made possible through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, RDC’s autonomy partner.
            The RDC through its secretariat, the National Economic and Development Authority agreed to reach out to PLLO as one of its strategies in advancing the proposed organic act since the latter is mandated to promote Presidential legislative initiatives and other Administration-sponsored priority policy reforms and development programs.
            Comparing with the passed version of the BBL, Esteves said “there are no constitutional objections in this [Cordillera] organic act”. He added, “In fact, we received a87 letter from DILG saying that they have no objections to the [Cordillera autonomy] bill. This was signed by no other than Secretary Año”.
           Esteves said while there is a lot of time for the campaign, the leaders and officials of CAR must be wary of the upcoming national budget preparations and national election season.
          Meantime, RDC chairperson and Baguio City Mayor Domogan said the consultative committee tasked to amend the 1987 Constitution is supporting autonomy for Muslim Mindanao and the Cordillera in the proposed Federal constitution.
         NEDA intensified its efforts in gaining allies for autonomy in the regional and national levels. It urged all Cordillera provinces, cities and municipalities to pass resolutions in support of autonomy towards federalism as a show of force to Congress. NEDA subsequently updated Congress on the status of the public hearings on House Bill 5343.
         The RDC and NEDA said autonomy for Muslim Mindanao has the exact same Constitutional basis as autonomy for the Cordillera. Thus, the autonomy leaders have requested the President to certify the House Bill 5343 as a priority bill.
          The PLLO and OPPAP promised to continue conducting events to further the advocacy and achieve Cordillera autonomy. 


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