POLITICAL WILL! Duterte admin lauded for ‘accomplishing the impossible’

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Davao City 1st district Rep. Karlo Nograles has credited the Duterte administration for helping accomplish legislative tasks that have been previously deemed as “Mission Impossible.” He specifically cited the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the National Identification (ID) Law as measures under this category.

“These measures had previously experienced rough sailing in both houses of Congress because of the issues surrounding them. The National ID law, for example, was first proposed over 20 years ago but never saw the light of day; the BOL, on the other hand, has been the subject of intense debate for several congresses,” Nograles said.

Duterte admin lauded for ‘accomplishing the impossible’

A House leader has credited the Duterte administration for helping accomplish legislative tasks that have been previously deemed as “Mission Impossible.” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Davao City 1st district Rep. Karlo Nograles specifically cited the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the National Identification (ID) Law as measures under this category.

The Mindanao lawmaker was invited to the ceremonial presentation of the two laws scheduled on Monday afternoon in Malacañang.

“One could say that passing these bills was Mission Impossible,” added the Nograles, referring to the blockbuster franchise headlined by action star Tom Cruise.

“But when the President threw his support behind these measures by certifying them as urgent, Congress acted and what was once Mission Impossible is now Mission Accomplished––a feat that was achieved because the President enjoys the support of a Legislature that embraces his legislative agenda,” he pointed out.

According to Nograles, the passage of the BOL and the National ID law reflected the President’s commitment “to bring peace and progress to the country, especially to his fellow probinsyanos (countryside residents).”

“Mindanao, especially, needs the BOL to bring peace and stability to the region. The National ID Law, on the other hand, will ensure quicker and easier access to government services for those in the regions who need them,” he said.

Republic Act (RA) No. 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law will be presented to the Palace Monday, while Senate Bill Number 1738/House Bill Number 6221 or “An Act Establishing the Philippine Identification System” will be signed by Duterte.

Signed by the President on July 26, the BOL creates a new entity, the “Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), to replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The BARMM will be headed by a chief minister and two deputy ministers, to be elected from the parliament.

The National ID law mandates the issuance of a National ID card to every Filipino. It is a machine-readable government card that will store important data about the cardholder and will be the only ID needed for government and private sector transactions.

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