House to hold BBL forum in Zambo on March 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 February 2018 16:36


The House of Representatives is scheduled to hold a forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Zamboanga City on March 2.

Congressman Celso Lobregat, who is a member of the BBL sub-committee, said that the combined house committees are currently doing the marathon consultations in Mindanao to obtain the respective positions and comments of the various sectors and constituents about the proposed BBL.

The combined House Committees led by Committee on Local Government chairman Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr, Committee on Muslim Affairs led by Rep. Mauyag Papandayan, and the Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity led by Rep. Ruby Sahali were in Luuk, Sulu yesterday.

The group is holding the forum today in Basilan while separate consultations are also scheduled to be held   in Tawi-Tawi on March 1, Zamboanga City on March 2, Tubod,Lanao del Norte on March 15 and in Marawi on March 16,  respectively.

Lobregat said that they have already consolidated House Bills 92, 6121, 6263 and 6475 for the BBL working draft in the sub-committee and have discussed provisions which were not agreed upon for the lead committees’ appropriate action.

“We have discussed the BBL working draft in Congress thru its four bills being consolidated, and we know what we are doing. We have discussed it provision by provision, and I am making sure that the best interest of Zamboanga City is being protected,” Lobregat said.

The solon said that with the presence of the House Committee members here in the region today, he expects the full cooperation and participation of the public in the deliberations and if possible submit their position papers on the matter.

Congressman Lobregat is hopeful that the House Committees  will take into consideration the strong position of Zamboanga city on the BBL issue.

He also urged the general public to rally behind him and the city officials of Zamboanga in expressing their strong manifestation of non-inclusion in the proposed Bangsamoro territories in its scheduled public consultation here next week. – Dexter Yap