People’s nod needed in creation of third district — Climaco, Fabian PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 April 2011 17:02

For the move to create another legislative district in the city to progress, a clear and united support of the local officials and the people are needed.

Thus emphasized District 1 Congresswoman Beng Climaco and District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian in separate interviews yesterday over “Buenas Dias Zamboanga” radio program anchored by Al Alhabshi on 91.5 WILD FM in reaction to the pronouncement of Akbayan in Zamboanga that its House representatives will file the bill creating the 3rd legislative district if the city’s two representatives will not do it.

“There’s no law that prohibits members of Congress to introduce any legislative measure. The question is will it progress?” Climaco said.

Climaco cited the bill she filed in the last congress that sought to create another legislative district which was not acted upon by a committee due to the absence of the needed support from the local officials, the people and Fabian.

“I have not changed my position. I am still for the creation of the 3rd district, but I cannot do this alone. The support of the local officials, Congressman Fabian and the people should be present,” Climaco stressed.

Fabian said he has no problem with the pronouncement of the Akbayan which is described by political analysts as a form of  pressure to push the two city’s lawmakers into favorably acting for the creation of the 3rd legislative district.

“I will listen to the people and not to anyone. I cannot be pressured into acting on something the support of the people and the local officials are unclear,” Fabian said.
Fabian and Climaco maintained that a consultation with the people should keep going to know the real sentiments on the matter.

Akbayan Sec. Gen. Neil Delena said in a press conference that their two congressmen—Rep. Kaka Bag-ao and Rep. Walden Bello will favorably act on the call for the creation of the 3rd legislative district and will file the needed bill in Congress if Fabian and Climaco will not do it.

The city’s two lawmakers expressed doubt whether Rep. Bag-ao and Rep. Bello of Akbayan will display a parliamentary disrespect to House colleagues.

“We have a very good relationship with Rep. Bag-ao and Rep. Bello. We can resolve this matter when Congress resumes its session,” the Deputy Speaker said.
“They know their principles and I don’t think they will resort to this way,” Fabian said.