WMSU-CPADS invites Celso to BBL forum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014 12:03

District I Representative Celso Lobregat on Sunday lectured some 100 Masteral in Public Administration students of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to help them scrutinize as well as evaluate the proposal’s nitty-gritty.

The event was a forum on public administration governmental management issues and trends and organized by the WMSU College of Public Administration Development Studies (CPADS) at the City Inn Hotel in Camino Nuevo from 9am to 5pm, November 16.

Lobregat restated that he is for peace, just, long and lasting peace. “We are not anti-peace and we want the Bangsamoro Basic Law to be fair, just, acceptable, feasible and consistent with the Constitution and existing laws.”

“If ever and whenever we raise certain issues, concerns, cite or even question certain provisions, it is because we want to clarify any and all ambiguities as this will not affect not only the areas that will be under the Bangsamoro but the entire Mindanao and the Philippines as well,” the congressman asserted.

He suspected that the BBL will pass as there are the numbers to pass it. “If you ask when the law will be passed, I would say most probably by the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter of 2015, or even a bit earlier, as both houses have committed to prioritize and fast tract its passage.”

However, the District I proclaimed that the more important thing is not the passage of the law and when it will pass but what kind of law will be passed.

Eventually, he stated there is a need to pass a law that can stand legal scrutiny and not end up like the MOA-AD that was declared contrary to l aw and the constitution by the Supreme Court.

“I reiterate we are for peace, just, long and lasting peace- we are not anti-peace and we want the Bangsamoro Basic Law to be fair, just, acceptable, feasible and consistent with the Constitution and existing laws,” he added.

Rep. Lobregat thanked the WMSU-CPADS for giving him the opportunity to speak before the students. His presentation touched upon a number of issues that were taken very seriously by the MPA students. Among the points discussed include the role of congress in the Bangsamoro, the issue on territory and plebiscite, sovereignty and national integrity.  Lobregat also touched on the constitution and the constitutionality of the Framework Agreement which has also been questioned by legal luminaries such as Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, Retired CA Justice Mario Guariña III and Retired Supreme Court Justice Manuel Lazaro, Chairman of the Philippine Constitutional Association (PHILCONSA).

Lobregat further discussed how the Bangsamoro Agreement may worsen the already difficult power situation in Mindano. Also discussed was, the repeated recognition of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) in the Annex on Normalization which raises red flags on the Agreement and the need for the national government to immediately purchase the Cabatangan property and turn it over to the city government of Zamboanga as stipulated in the existing ARMM law.

Officials present during the forum were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilor Charlie Mariano, WMSU President Dr. Milabel Ho, WMSU-CPADS Dean Dr. Ferde Morena and faculty members, other WMSU administration officials and numerous others. — Melcah Yee