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Climaco: Cabatangan buy ‘credit’ goes to Pres. Duterte

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If there is anyone who should get the credit for the intention of the national government to purchase the Cabatangan properties from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, then it should be President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

“So, we would like to thank Pres. Duterte for really having the intention of the people of Zamboana with regard to the Cabatangan properties. Of course, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone that worked for this,” Climaco said during the press briefing yesterday.

“I think credit should go to Pres. Duterte because he has intended to purchase the properties,” she quipped when asked about her thoughts on the so-called credit grabbing.

She also read a test message sent to her very recently by National Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenza, saying: “Both you and Celso (Rep. Celso Lobregat) have been lobbying that we buy the Cabatangan properties.”

“It hope that answers the question,” the mayor said as she repeatedly thanked Duterte for really putting the intention of the people of Zamboanga in order to purchase the Cabatangan properties. “Thank you also to Sec. Lorenzana,” she added.

The issue stemmed from Mayor Climaco’s statement Thursday that Sec. Lorenzana had sent her a text message about Pres. Duterte agreeing to buying Cabatangan properties.

Climaco was pleased to make such announcement as she has been consistently pleading, both in writing and even in her personal meetings with the President, for the national government to purchase the ARMM properties, measuring 630.032 sq.m (719,606 sq.km) with an estimated value of P359 million situated in Barangay Cabatangan.

She cited Section 1, Article 17 (Transitory Provisions) of RA 9054 or the Expanded ARMM Law, which states “The land and permanent buildings owned, controlled, administered or in possession of the ARMM located in provinces and cities, which do not vote favorably for inclusions of their respective areas in ARMM, shall be purchased by the national government. In turn, the national government shall, from its acquisition of said land and permanent buildings or strictures, sell, transfer and convey the said properties in favor the local government unit having territorial jurisdiction thereover, and willing to purchase said land and buildings or structures or portions thereof.”

Accordingly, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has given the timeline for the purchase to proceed after the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that will replace the existing ARMM.

“I said kung pwede natin bilhin prior to the BBL approval because this has been a long issue in the city of Zamboanga and there is really a law the provides for such purchase,” Climaco told the press briefing.

She further said “it is a very welcome development that we have a President who cares about us.”

Climaco said she even asked Sec. Lorenzana via a text message if the national government has funds for the purpose. “He said they will look for funds.”

This, as Sec. Lorenzana, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, majority floor leader Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr were discussing about the Cabatangan properties before Congress voted on BBL.-(Vic Larato)