Nuño: Security, not politics’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2011 13:58

Liga ng mga Barangay president and Councilor Abdurahman Nuño yesterday stressed that security and not politics prompted him to call off the scheduled trip of the 98 barangay chairmen to Dapitan for the regional assembly set from November 16-18.

In fact, the councillor also recommended to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) the deferment of the assembly but apparently the response came rather late, as the activity already started yesterday.

Nuño said some well-meaning citizens and friends who travel from Zamboanga to Dapitan may be risky following recent clashes between government troops and lawless elements in Zamboanga Sibugay.

As president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, Nuño said he is responsible for the safety and comfort of the barangay chairmen. It was on this basis that he recommended the calling off of the barangay officials’ trip to Dakkak Park and Beach resort in Dapitan where the assembly was set to take place.

Nuño recalled that it was last September when Marjorie Jalosjos, president of the Liga ng mga Barangay-Zamboanga Peninsula conferred with him about the planned assembly, which was later authorized by the DILG. 

Immediately informed of the scheduled activity, Mayor Celso Lobregat, according to Nuño, signed the travel order of all barangay chairmen. However, it was late October when the series of clashes took place in Zamboanga Sibugay that caused apprehensions on the safety of travellers to the area. 

“I recommended to the mayor that we call off the barangay officials’ travel to Dapitan,” the councilor said adding “there is no truth that politics is the reason, kosa politics alli?”.

He also chided some sectors who are insinuating politics as the reason for the aborted travel and who are putting the blame on Mayor Lobregat.

Meanwhile, Nuño said he would not know if there are barangay officials who pushed through with their travel to Dapitan but stressed that if indeed there are, these barangay officials are attending the assembly on their own.

The assembly is supposed to be attended by barangay chairmen from Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay. — Sheila Covarrubias