Celso’s ‘Déjà vu’ speech chosen for House’s 4th edition book PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 January 2015 13:08

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat’s powerful speech “Déjà vu”, delivered in the House of Representatives on July 30, 2013 about MNLF concerns in relation to the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro with the MILF, is one of the few selected discourses included in the fourth edition of the book “In the Name of People” published by Congress.

he book’s 4th edition, published in 2014 contains 22 selected speeches delivered during the 16th Congress and according to House Secretary General Marilyn Yap is “in respectful recognition of the struggles of the members of the House to serve, to the best they can, in the name of the people”.

“This fourth edition of ‘In the Name of the People’ continues our commitment to faitfully capture the voices of our legislators as they struggle to articulate their best ideas and their fiercest convictions in the service of the people,” Yap said hoping that the spectrum of issues discussed will provide the readers “a microcosmic perspective” on the national condition during the 1st regular session of the 16th Congress and “an avenue for appreciating breadth of the challenges legislators face to make legislation and the legislature authentic instruments for improving the national condition and life of the Filipino.”

The House Secretary General asserted that the congressmen’s engagement in legislative tasks and the thoughts and sentiments on diverse issues articulated in the Halls of Chamber are the “best evidence of their authenticity, depth and responsiveness of their actions to the needs and aspirations of their constituencies.”

“Déjà vu” was delivered on a matter of privilege, 41 days before the September 9 siege, asked the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the GPH negotiating panel to address the issues brought out by Nur Misuari concerning the tripartite review process and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro with the MILF.

The speech was prompted by the July 25 stalled declaration of an independent state by Misuari and his people in Zamboanga City which caused tension and alarm among residents. It was entitled “Déjà vu” as it was over 12 years ago when Lobregat, then a member of Congress delivered a privilege speech entitled “In defense of the President, the Constitution and the Republic” where he brought to the attention of the House of Representatives the agreement of peace between the GRP and the MNLF.

He said this Agreement was signed on June 22, 2001 in Tripoli, Libya without consultation with the stakeholders of Mindanao. This Agreement served as the road map and basis of the peace negotiations including the failed Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) and Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE).

In his July 30, 2013 speech the District 1 solon highlighted the events of the GRP-MILF peace process from July 25, 2001 to July 25, 2013 the day when Nur Misuari, disturbed the normalcy and tranquility of Zamboanga City by conducting his activities in the City and  threatening to declare independence should the Government pursue to put a closure to the tripartite review process. “Zamboanga City has twice voted overwhelmingly not to be part of the ARMM. To Nur Misuari we say, please conduct your activities and make your pronouncements in areas of the ARMM and not in Zamboanga City.”

“To have an honorable, just and lasting peace in Mindanao, we cannot simply have another peace agreement this time with the MILF without the inclusion and conformity of other stakeholders of Mindanao including Misuari’s MNLF”, Lobregat ended his July 30, 2013 privilege speech. — Jubels Santos