Posted by: JWP | 12/17/2009

Zamboanga City Mayor Questions Peace Panel

Lobregat questions peace panel re Zambo consultation

The PhilSouth Angle 12/17/09

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/17 December 2009 by Sheila Covarruias—Mayor Celso Lobregat has strongly protested the manner the government peace panel conducted the two-day consultation in Zamboanga City on December 15 and 16 and deliberately did not attend the same to drive home the point that the activity was not an honest to goodness consultation.

Mayor Lobregat lashed out at people who “gatecrashed” the consultation, intended originally only for municipal and city mayors in the region, jeopardized the position of Zamboanga City.

In a protest letter addressed to Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero, dated December 14, 2009, Lobregat sharply reacted to various observations which he said made the event illegitimate. Among the observations that Lobregat cited were the very short notice extended to the intended participants; the lack of coordination with other GRP peace panel members such as Adel Antonino, who represents the local government units in Mindanao; as well as the tapping of some resource persons who were respondent-intervenors in the landmark case of Province of North Cotabato, City of Zamboanga, et. al vs. the GRP wherein the Supreme Court declared the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain as unconstitutional and contrary to law.

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Lobregat no-show at Zampen mayors peace summit here 12/17/09 @ Zamboanga News Forum

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