MILF calls Celso, Mannix "old friends" Print
Monday, 12 February 2018 11:59

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghadzali Jaafar has referred to Zamboanga Representatives Celso Lobregat and Mannix Dalipe as “old friends” during a speech at the Bangsamoro Forum held in Zamboanga city last Friday.

This as he invited local leaders to support the proposed Bangsamoro law.

Jaafar said that he was acquainted with Lobregat through his mother, the late Zamboanga Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, who served as Vice Mayor in Balabagan, Lanao del Sur in the year 1967.

Jaafar was also reminded of his days in the hinterlands of Lanao when he talked about Zamboanga Congressman Mannix Dalipe.

“Kahit noon binomba ng kanyang ama ang Camp Abubakar,” said Dalipe, referring to his father Manny Dalipe as a well-known pilot of the Philippine Military.

He however said that all that is in the past and recounted days when they even secured Mannix in Maguindanao.

“Yung nangyari na yon, kalimutan na natin yon.  Gusto natin mag success itong BBL para sa future,” said Jaafar.

He also joked about riding in a C130 which he thought, used to bomb the rebels’ lairs in Lanao.

“ Pinasakay kami ni General Galvez from Cotabato to Sulu.  Noon binobomba kami ng C130 ngayon nakasakay kami, maganda pala,” said Jaafar.

He said that he is also familiar with the name Climaco but did not refer to current Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco.

Jaafar referred to the mayor’s uncle, the late Mayor Cesar Climaco , who he described as brave.

He described his travel to Zamboanga for the BBL forum as his second historical visit.

He said that his first historical visit was in 1964 when he was in high school and a member of a Muslim organization for the youth.

“Nasa kasagsagan ang discrimination against the Moro, nagorganize ng student organization, Cotabato including part of Zamboanga del Sur,” he recalled, adding that many of the members of that organization became leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.  (Allen Abastillas)