• Attend sessions, groups ask lawmakers

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    VARIOUS groups on Monday issued a Citizen’s Call to Order to members of the House of Representatives because of their failure to attend plenary sessions.

    The Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Platform for Peace (MCSOPP), Philippine Council of Ecumenical Churches (PCEC) and United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) said time is running out for Congress pass a meaningful measure that will establish a Bangsamoro region.

    “We call on House members to honor their oath of public service by their consistent presence during the plenary sessions so that the House is able to conduct official business, especially in completing the debates over House Bill 5811, and hopefully, have it move to the next stages of the legislative process,” said Gus Miclat of MCSOPP and All-Out-Peace.

    “We find good logic in the proposal of chief government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer to have Congress extend session time every week, “ Miclat told reporters.

    “Ang agreement na ito ay makakabuti para sa buong bansa. Sana magattend ang mga mambabatas para makuha o maisagawa ang quorum, (This agreement will benefit the entire country. We hope that lawmakers will show up for a quorum),” said Dr. Aldrin Peñamora of PCEC.

    “Time has been no more precious than now when we are left with little space to ensure that the law is passed with enough leeway for a smooth transition between ARMM and the Bangsamoro. We are not simply creating a new local government unit, we are legislating a political settlement within the confines of the Constitution, which is the BBL satisfies. ” said Machris Cabreros, President of Akbayan party-list.

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