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MANILA, Philippines — Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, along with the city council, reiterated her call for the exclusion of her city in the territorial jurisdiction in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

While she supported the aspiration of long and lasting peace in Mindanao, Climaco said there are several provisions of the bill that are inconsistent with the Constitution.

Climaco also emphasized that the people of Zamboanga City have already spoken overwhelmingly in two plebiscites against inclusion in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) or any succeeding political entity similar to it.

She likewise asserted that municipal waters belong to all Filipinos and not only to any tribe. She also  pointed out that the power to levy taxes, being the lifeblood of government, should not be given to the Bangsamoro as it might reduce the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the local government units.

As a show of support, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and members of the City Council stood beside Climaco as she read the city’s official position paper on the Bangsamoro issue last Friday (Nov. 14).