Akbayan solons to file 3rd district bill, if... PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 April 2011 17:07

Akbayan Party list representatives in Congress will file the bill needed to create another legislative district in Zamboanga City if the city’s two House Representatives — Erbie A. Fabian of District 2 and Beng Climaco of District 1 will not do it by August or September, Akbayan Secrtary General Neil Delena said in a press conference yesterday.

However, Delena said their two lawmakers — Atty. Kaka Ba-ao and Professor Walden Bello would talk first to Fabian and Climaco as a matter of courtesy.

“Of course, they (Bag-ao and Bello) will talk to Reps. Fabian and Climaco. This is our last resort in the event Representatives Fabian and Climaco will not file the necessary bill,” Delena said.

“Right now, we are hoping that the two representatives of our city will file the bill themselves,” said the Akbayan Sec. Gen.

Delena said Akbayan can muster the needed support of the lawmakers to get the bill going in the Lower House.

He cited the impeachment of Ombudsman Merciditas Gutierrez as one of the Akbayan’s maneuverings in Congress.

“Akbayan has many allies in Congress so I think, the bill (on third district) will progress in case” Delena said.
He said Akbayan is now in the process of holding consultations with the people in the city.
“The voice of the people is the most important thing to Akbayan,” Delena said.