Hundreds attend BBL forum in Zambo Print
Saturday, 10 February 2018 16:43

By LIZA JOCSON

All roads led to the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) as hundreds attended the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) public hearing spearheaded by the Senate Sub Committee on the Bangsamoro.

At least 7 senators, including Senate President Koko Pimentel, arrived in Zamboanga City to conduct a public hearing on provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic law.

Senate sub committee on the Bangsamoro Chairman Miguel Zubiri described the law to be crafted as a landmark law and the public hearing “a once in a lifetime chance for us to be part in a landmark legislation.”

“Many of you still feel the hurt of the siege.. what is important is a final and lasting peace agreement with the MNLF and the MILF,” said Zubiri.

Senator JV Ejercito described yesterday as a “historic day for Zamboanga city” with the arrival of seven senators to hear the sentiments of Zamboanga residents.

Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Assitant on the Peace Process, said that President Rodrigo Duterte certified the Bangsamoro legislation as an urgent bill to be put in place.

“May agam-agam ang taga Zamboanga, Hindi namin kayo sinali pero pumunta ang comitiva dito dahil kayo ang katabi ng autonomous region, kayo ang dumanas ng kahirapan dahil katabi kayo,” Dureza said during the forum.

Other senators who attended the forum are Senators Cynthia Villar, Sherwin Gatchalian, Rissa Hontiveros and Sonny Angara.

The Zamboanga government was represented by local officials Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar, Representatives Celso Lobregat, Mannix Dalipe and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and city councilors.

Other participants include MILF Vice Chairman for Political Affairs and Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF Chair Al-Haj Murad, Bangsamoro Transition Committee members led by Secretary Jose Lorena and Firdausi Abbas, Western MIndanao Command chief  Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Police Regional Office-9  chief   Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, representatives from the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula, the academe, business and other sectors.

Prior to the Zamboanga public hearing, the senators went to provinces of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan . (LAJ)