Celso: Move to oust Musa politically-motivated PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 February 2016 11:00


District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat said the move to oust Councilor Ismael Musa as the mandatory representative of the Zamboanga City Indigenous People Council of Leaders in the Sangguniang Panlungsod, is politically motivated.

Musa officially received on Feb. 1, 2016 a communication from the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) affirming a resolution adopted by the ZCIPC last Aug. 20, 2015 seeking to oust Musa as their mandatory representative in the city’s legislative body.   The communication was signed by NCIP Regional Director Timuey Woy Lim P. Wong.

According to Musa, the ZCIPC resolution cited loss of confidence and their objection to his swearing in as a member of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) claiming that the ZCIPC is supposed to be apolitical.

Musa was sworn in as LDP member by Party Chairman Cong. Celso Lobregat last June 16, 2015.

Musa explained that a day before he took his oath, he had consulted the Council of Leaders one by one, and they have him the free hand to decide which party he would choose to affiliate with.

According to Musa, among those who gave the nod were the very people now moving for his ouster. Musa said his decision to join the LDP was because he saw in the LDP a good track record of performance especially under the leadership of Congressman Lobregat.

Musa revealed that before he joined the LDP, he was being courted to join the Liberal Party under Mayor Isabelle Climaco Salazar which he declined.

And as a consequence, Musa said, his official travel was denied by the Mayor on several occasions.  In fact, Musa said, last December, he personally saw Mayor Beng to request for authority to travel to attend the Indigenous People Summit in Ipil, Sibugay on December 16-17, 2015, which request was not acted favorably by the city’s chief executive. (Lea LM)