City gov’t strongly opposes move of 3 brgys to join BOL PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 November 2018 12:33

Mayor Beng Climaco once again appeared feisty yesterday when she echoed resoundingly the city government’s strong and unequivocal objection to a move by certain individuals pushing for the inclusion of at least three island barangays in the upcoming plebiscite that would ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Speaking before the officials of the city’s 98 barangays, purok leaders and volunteers, Climaco blasted the information she received that certain individuals, including some barangay officials, had filed petitions with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila for the inclusion of at least three island barangays in the plebiscite for the creation of the Bangsamoro.

“If verified to be true, we strongly oppose such move to dismember the territorial integrity of Zamboanga City,” Climaco said, stressing that the city is excluded from the coverage of R.A. 11054 or the “Organic Law for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).”

She pointed out that “neither is the city nor its island barangays contiguous to any geographical area of the present ARMM as the city had rejected being part of ARMM not only once but twice.”

Backed by members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the chief executive reiterated the steadfast stand that the City of Zamboanga should never form part nor be included in the Bangsamoro—now or ever; that neither of its 98 component barangays nor any part, zone, sitio thereof should ever be included in the Bangsamoro—now or ever.

She said the executive department and the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Zamboanga shall not issue any form of concurring documents to effect the granting of petitions of component barangays wanting for inclusion in the Bangsamoro.

Climaco called upon the barangay officials and all Zamboangueños—Christians, Muslims and Lumad—to stand united.

“Together, let us ‘Build a Better Zamboanga’ under one flag, one nation, one Zamboanga City, united and undivided 98 barangays,” the mayor said.

Unverified information revealed that the island barangays of Busay, Landang Gua and Tumaluptap had passed separate resolutions asking Comelec Manila to include them in the BOL plebiscite scheduled for January 2019.

“We resoundingly echo our strong and unequivocal objection to this move,” Climaco told the barangays officials, purok leaders and volunteers from the city’s 98 barangays attending the “Roll-out Training on Prevention of Criminality: Barangay at Pulisya Laban sa Krimen (BPLK) initiated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Zamboanga City Office.-

Also present were Councilors Rommel Agan, Kim Elago, Bong Atilano, Pinpin Pareja, Teodyver Arquiza, Jimmy Villaflores, and police officers-(Vic Larato)