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Seven Senators were here last Friday(Feb. 9) as part of their continuous public hearings with the Mindanaoans for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law(BBL) that President Duterte wants to push through for the sake of lasting and genuine peace here in Mindanao. Our two House Representatives, Dist. 1 Cong. Celso Lobregat and Dist. 2 Cong. Mannix Dalipe were there, too, to help our local gov’t officials led by our lady City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar articulate fully well the city’s uncompromising stand not to be included in any form of autonomy or self-rule government longed for by the MILF with the passage of the BBL by Congress under the present Du30 administration.

The MILF top brass and members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission(BTC) were also here for its 10th public hearing staged in the afternoon of Friday at the gymnasium of the ZC State Polytechnic College in Brgy. Baliwasan. It was a jam-packed crowd alright, but many went home apparently disgusted as not a single plain citizen in attendance was given the opportunity to speak out in defense of their side/s, as well.

Worse, they added, the senators failed to conduct the public hearing with ample time to ventilate well its BBL proposal that perhaps raises more questions than answers on its contentious issues.

“If they’re serious in the conduct of their public hearings for the BBL issue, they should have stayed much longer in our city to thoroughly listen to our people’s grave concerns with regards to this BBL. They should have stayed here overnight to adequately listen to our sides,” a public school mentor who attended the hearing rued.

Reiterating with strong emphasis the unyielding position of the ZC folks, our lady Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar led our local city officials in stressing a portion of the city’s official stand (from its prepared speech), “The city should never form part nor be included in the Bangsamoro now or ever.” She added, “Neither its 98component barangays nor any part, zone, sitio thereof should even be included in the Bangsamoro now or ever.”

Our lady mayor Beng, as I noted her ever since this BBL issue came to birth, has never changed her tone in emphatically and passionately stressing the city’s strong opposition for its possible inclusion in the MILF’s proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region(BAR) that’ll replace the existing Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao(ARMM).

The seven senators who arrived here for the Feb. 9 for the BBL public hearing were Senators Koko Pimentel(Senate President), MigzZubiri (Chair of the Senate subcommittee on BBL), Sherwin Gatchalian, Juan Edgardo Angara, JV Ejercito, Risa Hontiveros and Cynthia Villar.


The city spent a total of P3,027, 720.69 for the travel expenses of our sangguniang panlungsod members (city councilors) for the CY 2017.

Based on the official report of the Travel Expenses of the Sangguniang Panlungsod members from January 1, 2017 to December 31,2017(as prepared and signed by Edeline S. Miranda, Administrative Officer V; Elsa F. Pioquinto, Asst. City Secretary; and Atty. Kenneth Vincent P. Beldua, Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod), for transparency sake, here’s its complete list, as released to TV-13(in their alphabetical order): Cesar S. Iturralde- Vice Mayor(1 travel), P 10, 698.32(travel expenses), P 19,000(training expenses), P 29, 698.32(total); councilors: Myra Paz V. Abubakar (24 travels), P 293,402.30(travel expenses), P 172,000(training expenses), P 465,402.30(total); Rommel S. Agan (21 travels), P 301,509.48(travel expenses), P 32,300(training expenses), P333,809.48(total); Miguel C. Alavar III (2 travels), P5,660(travel expenses), P8,800(training expenses), P 14,460(total); Teodiver A. Arquiza (7 travels), P 92,405.44(travel expenses), P 34,000(training expenses), P126,405.44(total); Elbert C. Atilano, Sr.(20 travels), P 288,620.26(travel expenses), P 49,900(training expenses), P 338,520.26(total); Rodolfo M. Bayot (0 travel); Marxander Jaime N. Cabato (8 travels), P80,038.64(travel expenses), P 48,300(training expenses), P 128,338.64(total); Al-Jihan R. Edding (21(travels), P 338,599.78 (travel expenses), P 81,500 ( training expenses), P 420,099.78(total); Juan Climaco P. Elago II (6 travels), P 44,398.48(travel expenses), P 3,800(training expenses), P 48,198.48(total); Benjamin B. Guingona IV (4 travels), P 43,412.52(travel expenses), P 20,300(training expenses), P 63,712.52(total); Tungkuh B. Hanapi(1 travel), P 13,383(travel expenses), 0(training expenses), P 13,383(total); Cesar M. Jimenez( 22 travels), P 283,084.96(travel expenses), P 70,000(training expenses), P 353,084.96(total); Rodolfo R. Lim(14 travels), P 137,457.44(travel expenses), P 73,200(training expenses), P210,657.44(total); Charlie M. Mariano(3 travels), P 36,020.03(travel expenses), P 16,500 (training expenses), P 52,520 (total); Lilibeth M. Nuño (4 travels), P 36,562 (travel expenses), P 35,500(training expenses), P 72,062(total); Josephine E. Pareja( 4 travels), P 49,890(travel expenses), P 20,100 (training expenses), P 69,990(total); Jerry E. Perez( 7 travels), P 84,450.04(travel expenses), P 43,100(training expenses), P127,550.04(total); Jimmy B. Villaflores (11 travels), P 124,128(travel expenses), P35,700(training expenses), P 159,828(Total). -30-

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