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Is CLL a hero or a villain?

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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q. HOW DO WE DIG THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST?

A.) “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; FOR IN THEM YE THINK YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE: AND THEY ARE THEY WHICH TESTIFY OF ME.” (JOHN 12:48). Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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MANY are now asking,”Is Cong. Celso a hero or a villain, as far as the Bangsamoro Basic Law(BBL) issue is concerned?”

The BBL that’ll eventually grant our Muslim brothers in the ARMM their own new form of self-rule, has already been given  the thumbs-up by the Lower House whose version was overwhelmingly voted upon, except for a few, to include our very own Dist. 2 Cong. Mannix Dalipe, who vehemently voted against.

(As of the latest reports, the Senate likewise voted (unanimously) in favor of the BBL that  PRRD has certified as urgent, and for the latter to highlight its approval when he delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) by next month of July)

By now, almost every Zamboangueño already knew the stand of our Dist. 1 Cong. Celso Lobregat. However, yesterday morning, still a few asked me about Cong. Celso’s vote. “Up to now, you still don’t how he voted? For your info, our good Cong. Lobregat abstained from voting,” I told them.

Their faces fell. And one of them was..hep, sorry, he begged me not to name him. Ok, no problem.

Nonetheless, here we are, while some if not a host of them said they were shocked on hearing Cong. Celso as having wavered his known strong stand against BBL every time he spoke in forums to discuss the BBL issue, yet they felt our city solon from the first district redeemed himself when he managed to explicitly elucidate for having abstained from voting.

“I was shocked last night (May 30) on hearing the news that he abstained from voting. Let’s respect his views. Perhaps, he has his own good reason,” a top local business executive reacted. Another prominent resident here said, “He has my deepest respect, but that does not mean I agree with him.”

What I gathered, as I failed to watch Cong. Lobregat being interviewed on TV last Thursday morning, he did come up with his abstention from voting, so that he’d have a latitude into becoming a member of their bicameral committee during which both their BBL versions–that of the House and of the Senate—will have to be reconciled, in a bid to come up with its final version that’s said acceptable to all.

BUT, wait, here’s one expert in legislative measures of this government, whofelt dumbfounded as to why our battle-scarred city solon from Nuñez Rd., abstained from voting. “This is a big blunder on his part. How can he now say that his abstention from voting will give him a leeway to be a member in its bicam when he now has lost his strong footing to get involved or even participate in its bicameral committee in a bid to craft its acceptable final version of the BBL? When you abstain, you lose steam to strongly argue your case, anymore. Your stand is considered weak, and in any legislative body, what more with Congress, they won’t allow you anymore to participate in any of their compromise accords or agreements, like the passage of this highly-contentious BBL issue. You look funny there, if you try to still assert your side for abstaining your vote. They’ll no longer entertain you, seriously, even if they allow you to speak for a short period of time. Once you abstain from voting, that weakens your position to still argue your case,” he opined.

C’mon Cong., your rebuttal, please. (By Jun Feliciano) (30)




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