Public forum on Bangsamoro pact set today PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:34

A public forum on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement (FAB) and its annexes is set in Zamboanga City this afternoon intended to serve as a venue for residents to seek clarifications on contentious issues pertaining to the peace pact signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) led by Mohagher Iqbal will spearhead the panellist during the forum that will be attended by the cross-section of the community.

Originally, the BTC planned to have a courtesy call and an executive session with Mayor Beng Climaco and the members of the City Council.

However, Mayor Climaco thought it wise to have the BTC meet with the different stakeholders given the city’s united and firm stand on exclusion in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and any Bangsamoro entity as proven in two plebiscites held earlier.

The public forum, set at the Celebrity Hall of the Astoria Hotel at 2pm today, is intended to be a platform for the different sectors to present their views and comments on the proposed Bangsamoro Law that is now being crafted by the 15-man transition commission.

Mayor Climaco has enjoined all sectors to actively participate in the forum to reaffirm the city’s stand on the issue.

The BTC was created by President Aquino through Executive Order No. 120. The members of the commission are Robert Alonto, Abdulla Camlian, Ibrahim Ali, Raissa Jajurie, Melanio U. Ulama, Hussein Munoz and Said Shiek from the MILF side and Akmad Sakkam, Johaira Wahab, Talib Benito, Asani Tammang, Pedrito Eisma, Froilyn Mendoza and Fatmawati Salapuddin, the 7-man contingent from the government. — Sheila Covarrubias