Beng invites public to Senate hearing on BBL PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:21

Mayor Beng Climaco is appealing to all sectors to actively participate in the forthcoming Senate hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to be conducted in the city on Thursday, May 14 at the Royce Convention Hall, Grand Astoria Hotel in Mayor Jaldon Street.

The activity is set from 9am to 3pm.

The hearing, which is in preparation for Senate deliberations on the proposed Senate version of the BBL, will be presided by the Committee on Local Government chaired by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos.

Mayor Climaco urges particularly the barangays, parishes, civil society organizations, academe and all concerned citizens to attend the hearing and to remain united in the city’s stand on the Bangsamoro issue.

“Let us be firm in our stand on the city’s non inclusion to the BBL and let us support [peace] initiatives of the government,” the mayor declared during her Monday press briefing in City Hall.

Mayor Climaco has categorically declared that Zamboanga should never form part nor be included in the Bangsamoro, now or ever, as she reiterated the city’s collective stand on the issue of the BBL.

The mayor expects Congress to pass a law which is consistent and harmonious with and not contrary to the 1987 constitution and a law that truly addresses grievances that bring about secession and armed conflicts in Southern Philippines and not merely for appeasement. “A law that treats every MIndanaoan on even keel, a law that respects the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines.

She reiterates the city’s unwavering stand on the BBL issue declaring “the city should never form part nor be included in the Bangsamoro- now or ever, neither any of its 98 component barangays, nor any part/zone/sitio thereof should ever be included in the Bangsamoro- now or ever.” — Sheila Covarrubias