A Zamboanga City resident giving her thoughts on the issue of Bangsamoro Basic Law.
MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HoR) is set to hold another hearing on March 2 in Zamboanga City in connection with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
However, Zamboanga City residents believe lawmakers should no longer push through with the scheduled consultations.
Zamboanga local officials and residents have long been opposing the proposal to include their city in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. They noted that the consultations being held by Congress can no longer change their stance.
“Narinig na natin lahat. Nandyan na yung mga senador. Nandyan na yung Congress natin. Para sa akin hindi na maghi-hearing,” said Princess Dayang, a local resident.
(We have heard everything. The senators and congressmen were there. For me, there is no need for a hearing.)
Many of them also believe the consultations are politically-motivated.
“Nasa pag-uusap naman yan. Kung kailangan bakit hindi, pero usually kasi pagka ganyan political talaga yan,” said Maria Cristina Gil, a resident.
(It depends on the discussions. If it’s really needed, why not. But usually, these kinds of consultations are politically-motivated. )
The local government has already expressed disinterest to be part of the proposed Bangsamoro Region.
“In my talk with him [President Duterte] very, very briefly he told me that we are not included in Bisaya, and I think it pertains to the BBL,” said Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco.
“The LGU has not requested that the hearing will be conducted in Zamboanga City,” said Jawo Jimenez, secretary of the mayor.
They argue that the lawmakers and senators should just focus instead on the provinces and cities that expressed willingness to be part of the Bangsamoro Region. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue