Council recognizes Rep. Lobregat for advocacy on BBL, other allied issues PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2015 12:21

The City Council by a majority vote on Tuesday approved a resolution recognizing and commending District I Rep. Celso Lobregat for his “dedicated and selfless contribution in the enhancement of the Filipino people’s understanding on the provisions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law and other allied issues.”

This dedication and selfless contribution, the councilors affirmed, is “exemplified in his tireless, spirited and brilliant presentation and comprehensive discussion of the issues before numerous public fora and top-rated national television public affairs programs and major sectoral convocations on the subject aforementioned”.

Councilor Jerry Perez, representing the Liga ng mga Barangay in the City Council, sponsored the measure based on a resolution approved by the Liga which is composed of the 98 barangays in the city. The Council measure was approved by a majority vote with Councilors Rommel Agan, Melchor Rey Sadain, Juan Climaco Elago II and Josephine Pareja voting against it.

Perez said Lobregat deserves the recognition given his passion and vigor in constantly educating the public in every opportunity he can, about the issues surrounding the BBL.

Lobregat’s vast knowledge on the issue starting from the time of the Special Zone of Peace and Development (SZOPAD), the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) and peace agreements entered into by rebel groups and the government forged in the country or outside the Philippines make him an authority on the issue, according to Perez.

In 2008, Lobregat, then the city mayor of Zamboanga together with then North Cotabato Governor Jesus Sacdalan and then Iligan Mayor Lawrence Cruz and other personalities went to the Supreme Court and succeeded in having the MOA-AD declared unconstitutional and contrary to law in view of various provisions that are detrimental not only to the different LGUs but to Mindanao and the entire country.

In the proposed BBL, the District I Representative cites “ambiguities” that should be reviewed and revised. He maintains that the BBL should pass the scrutiny of the constitution and should be acceptable to all sectors not only in Zamboanga, Mindanao but as well as those in the Visayas and Luzon.

The BBL has become a focus of attention following the January 25 Mamasapano incident. It is now pending before the House of Representatives. — Jubels Santos