Senate consults LGUs on BBL: Beng reaffirms stand vs inclusion PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:44

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco is set to attend the Senate hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Manila Wednesday, June 3, where she will reiterate the city’s firm opposition to the prospect of including Zamboanga in the proposed Bangsamoro core territory.

Mayor Climaco along with other local government executives in Mindanao have been invited by the Senate to attend the hearing on the BBL as the latter prepares to discuss and eventually act on the proposed Bangsamoro law.

“We will never get tired of voicing out our sentiments on the BBL in any forum or venue for the best interest of the people of Zamboanga,” the mayor declared.

Like in the May 14 hearing on the BBL presided by Senators Ferdinand Bong-bong Marcos and Peter Cayetano in Zamboanga, Mayor Climaco is expected to present anew a position paper and the joint statement of the legislative and executive departments on the BBL.

The mayor has always emphasized that the BBL should be a comprehensive and inclusive peace pact that addresses all grievances and is consistent with the Constitution.

“We expect Congress to pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which is consistent and harmonious with and not contrary to the 1987 Philippine Constitution; a law that truly addresses grievances that bring about secession and armed conflicts in the 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 declared.

Climaco emphasized, however, that while the City is fully supportive of the peace initiatives of President Noynoy Aquino to end decades’ long hostilities in Mindanao, Zamboanga City remains firm in its position to be excluded from the Bangsamoro.

“The City should never form part nor be included in the Bangsamoro – now or ever,” Climaco stressed.  — Sheila Covarrubias