Beng to OPAPP: Solve issues of diverse groups PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 July 2013 13:41

Mayor Beng Climaco has called on the Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to address issues of diverse groups pertaining to the proposed framework agreement and to confine all collective efforts within areas under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and not Zamboanga City.

“Zamboanga City is for peace and supports the government stand on peace process in Mindanao, we uphold our stand on non-inclusion in ARMM and thus call on OPAP to address issues of diverse groups and confine them in ARMM as ZC is not part of ARMM,” Mayor Climaco said yesterday, as she revealed about a City Council resolution  and a letter sent to the OPAPP regarding the matter.

“We will stand by the desires of the Zamboangueños”, she declared.

The mayor last Tuesday, July 23 formally wrote Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles of OPAPP, copy furnished to the Office of the President, seeking intervention through the provision of another avenue where these groups can truly and freely ventilate their grievances in a forum where their sentiments can be shared and felt—which she said should be held in ARMM areas only.

“While it is beyond my comprehension of the MNLF decision that the supposed venue be held  here in the city, it must be stressed that Zamboanga City is not part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a political resolution made known, through an overwhelming votes cast by our constituents, in a plebiscite called for that purpose”, she said in the letter to the OPAPP.

The mayor was prompted to write the letter in the wake of reports of an alleged consultative meeting/ assembly by MNLF forces at the residence of former ARMM governor and MNLF chair Nur Misuari in his residence in San Roque.

Misuari, accordingly met the media yesterday morning where he questioned the building up of troops in Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu and declared the proposed framework agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as without basis.

Authorities in Zamboanga City were on alert yesterday, as various text messages causing undue alarm among the people, circulated the city.

While the convergence is not a violation per se, Mayor Climaco said the authorities remain vigilant to ensure safety and protection of the civilians who have been traumatized because of the 2002 Cabatangan incident.

“We still remember this and we do not want to further traumatize the people and the children of Zamboanga City and so if possible, we strongly request that the OPAPP come in and have these dialogues and other activities done in ARMM,” she added. —Sheila Covarrubias