Lamitan Council retaliates PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 16:03

The Lamitan City Council has passed two resolutions —  one expressing disgust on a recent resolution of the Zamboanga City Council which asked the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the Republic Acts that convert Lamitan and 15 other towns into cities, and another sponsored by Lamitan Councilor Joaquin “Boy” Puri expressing deep sense of gratitude and appreciation to six Zamboanga City councilors — Al-Jihan Edding, Rommel Agan, Mel Sadain, Rodolfo Bayot, Cesar “Jawo” Jimenez and Luis “Noning” Bie — for supporting the quest of Lamitan to become a component city under ARMM.

While they appreciated the gesture of these six councilors, Lamitan City Council, through its number one Councilor Hegem Furigay, approved another resolution expressing disappointment on nine Zamboanga councilors of the majority bloc — Myra Paz Abubakar, Vincent Paul Elago, Abdurahman Nuno, Lilia Nuno, Reinerio Candido, Jaime Cabato, Eduardo Saavedra, Joana Mas and  Percival Ramos — who voted in favor of the passage of a resolution, authored by Cabato, urging SC to declare as unconstitutional the 16 laws intended for the conversion of 16 municipalities into cities. Absent during the deliberation on the matter were Councilors Gerky Valesco and Rudy Lim.

“We really felt bad on their (majority bloc) action. We don’t expect them to pass that resolution because the High Court has already rendered a final decision on the matter,” said Lamitan City Councilor Puri.

Though it does not have any weight for the High Tribunal to reverse its February 15, 2011 decision, Puri said the Lamitan City Council has interpreted the resolution of the Zamboanga City Council as an insult to the Lamiteños who consider Zamboanga as their second home.

Besides, Puri stressed that Basilan was once upon a time part of Zamboanga City and it is but proper for the local officials, including the chief executive, to support any move that will bring development to the Basilenos, especially Lamitan.

The Lamitan City government thru Mayor Roderick Furigay is continuously begging Zamboanga City officials to give them a chance to progress by supporting their quest rather than putting pressure on them by telling SC of their disagreement on the cityhood issue.

“We don’t hate the Zamboanga councilors who hate to see us improving. Zamboanga is our elder brother…, and as brothers, we expect them to support us for this will not only benefit the Lamitenos but also Zamboanga City where we do business and our second home,” Puri said.

“To the six councilors who understand our stand, thank you very much. Lamitenos who have been staying in Zamboanga, for sure, will reciprocate your kindness in the near future,” Puri added. — Jimmy Villaflores