Celso urges mass participation in Friday’s BBL Forum at Paseo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:09

Rep. Celso Lobregat of District 1 calls on different sectoral groups in the city to participate actively in the forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) scheduled by the Ad Hoc Committee on BBL on Friday, November 14.

The forum will be held at the Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar from 10am-5pm.

Lobregat, who is a member of the House Ad Hoc Panel on the BBL, underscored the significance of the Zamboanga leg of the BBL forum saying it will be one of the rare opportunities where Zamboangueños can express their feelings on the proposed BBL.

“I call on the people to speak up their minds and to submit position papers with regards to the Bangsamoro law,” the District 1congressman appealed. “Congress will be here to listen to us and so I appeal to all sectors to attend the forum and tell the congressmen their true sentiments.”

According to Lobregat, more than 20 congressmen headed by Cagayan de Oro City Representative Rufus Rodriguez, forming part of the House Ad Hoc Committee on BBL, are expected in the city on Friday.

He declared that the BBL is one very important legislation that should be properly understood and ventilated before Congress will finally decide on the issue. The solon has been very vocal on what he termed as ambiguities in some provisions of the proposed law.

The measure is formalized in HB 4994 entitled: “An Act providing for the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro and abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, repealing for the purpose Republic Act No. 9054, entitled ‘An Act to strengthen and expand the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and Republic Act No. 6743, entitled ‘An Act providing for the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,’ and for other purposes.”

The House Ad Hoc Committee is visiting key cities and provinces in the country particularly Mindanao to get the people’s pulse on the issue with the hope of coming up with an acceptable and “win-win framework” on Bangsamoro. — Melcah Yee