Public interest mounts on Bangsamoro issue — Itu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:39

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde yesterday expressed surprise over people’s tremendous interest in hearing anew District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat speak about the controversial Bangsamoro Framework Agreement.

Citing continuous receipt of requests for invitation to attend Lobregat’s dialogue with the City Council on the Bangsamoro issue on July 1 regular session of the Council, Iturralde said, “the issue of Bangsamoro is not after all, a spoiled one, which some critics of the congressman claim to be”.

Iturralde said that after last Tuesday’s hotly-debated issue on whether or not to invite Lobregat to talk about new developments regarding the BFA, he started receiving calls and text messages from many sectoral leaders and associations, inquiring about the venue of said dialogue.

“I became more surprised, when Isabela City Mayor Cherilyn Santos-Akbar called me and confirmed her presence, along with her councilors’, who too, are interested to hear what Congressman Lobregat has to say about the controversial Bangsamoro Framework Agreement”.

Noting that similar requests of being invited kept pouring in over the weekend, the vice mayor thought it best, to invite all sectors, instead of only the academe and representatives from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) as earlier suggested by some majority and minority councilors.

“Among those we have invited are barangay officials, high-ranking military and police officers, religious leaders, and representatives from the academe, industrial, transport, and civic sectors”, said Iturralde.

Meanwhile, Iturralde enjoins all residents, be it from within or outside Zamboanga City, to also come and attend the said dialogue as it is open to the public.

At the same time, the City Council presiding officer appealed to those staying in their homes to spare some time listening to the 1st district solon’s piece, which would surely be covered live by media, “as some of the talking points there might be worth knowing and new to us, considering that the bangsamoro issue concerns us all”. — Philip Abuy