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Drilon, however, stressed that the Bangsamoro Basic Law must "supremely respect" the Philippine Constitution, as he vowed to take the forefront in congressional efforts to preserve and guard the nation's sovereignty amid the establishment of the Bangsamoro political entity in Southern Philippines.
The Senate chief made it clear after the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that national sovereignty will be the premiere concern of Congress as they prepare to work on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which they consider as a legislative priority.
Drilon also said President Aquino will play a big role in pushing the bill forward. He expects the President to certify it as an administration concern and subsequently certify it as an urgent measure.
But more importantly, he said he expects Aquino to use his political capital as he has used in several crucial legislative matters, when he has perceived they are for the good of the country and of the Filipino people.
"I will be at the forefront in seeing that our sovereignty is respected. I don't think that the Filipino people will forgive us if we rescind any part of our sovereignty. We must remain as one country, and one nation - as one Filipino people," Drilon said.
He also stressed that he is determined to see that the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be a policy for harmony and shared development.
“As long as I am here, it will not be an instrument of capitulation, nor it will be an affront to our constitutional integrity," he pointed out.