Celso briefs religious, lay leaders on Bangsamoro law PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 October 2014 13:22

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat was by religious and lay leaders of the Catholic Church from all over Mindanao to brief them about House Bill 4994  also known as the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Lobregat’s discourse was done on the third day of the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference October 22 held at the Centro Pastoral in Gov. Camins Avenue.

The congressman centered his discussion on the definition of the BBL, its contents and implementations. He likewise presented video clips of the committee hearing  being done in Congress regarding the BBL. An open forum highlighted the forum where questions and concerns were raised by the audience.

One of the nuns present thanked the Congressman for sharing information on the issue which she said caused relief. Through Lobregat’s presentation, the nun said, questions that clouded her have been clarified.

Most of the audience have not attended or took part in any discourses concerning the proposed BBL. However, they said, after the briefing, they were enlightened and clarified.

Lobregat urged the Catholic leaders to browse on the BBL pamphlets that he distributed and to not hesitate to suggest to their respective congressmen to study the law as well. “You can tell your Congressmen to study the provision line by line. You can express your concerns.”

The 15th Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference (MSPC), held from Oct. 20-23 was themed “MSPC XV: Celebrating the Giftedness of the Laity in the Church.”

The MSPC was aimed at deepening the Church’s understanding on the role and life of the laity in the “Era of New Evangelization” and seeks to “strengthen the commitment and mission of the laity in building up the Church” as well as “challenge the laity’s heroism in responding to the issues of peace and in mitigating the effects of climate change.” —Melcah Yee