The Confederation of Boholanos, USA and Canada (CONBUSAC) has always been involved in every Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibuok Kalibutan event, including the one happening this Julyâ€”contrary to what cropped up in the media circle recently.
Conbusac president Larry Galang, issued the statement in response to last weekâ€™s editorial of The Chronicle.
Galang pointed out that it was “not the the the first time that TBTK is hosted in Bohol, minus the CONBUSAC eventâ€.
â€œIn July 2009, CONBUSAC, then under Carlos Cagaanan, held its convention in Seattle, WA; a week after that TBTK was held. Almost the same thing is happening this time, CONBUSAC will be held here in Newark, NJ, and in about 2 weeks, TBTK in Bohol. But, just like in the past, CONBUSAC is there to support TBTK,â€ according to Galang.
He, however, expressed lament though that a proposal to hold the Conbusac in Bohol this year was forgotten to be included in the â€œagenda during the last convention in Chicagoâ€.
â€œTigum Bol-anon is the general assembly of CONBUSAC. Neil Bonje is the immediate past president of CONBUSAC, and for reasons I have no knowledge of, he forgot to include in his agenda during the last convention in Chicago, a proposal that CONBUSAC will be held in Bohol in 2015. At that time, Neil Bonje was already the incumbent chairman of TBTK,â€ according to Galang.
Galang also cited a provision of the CONBUSAC Constitution stating that â€œThe Tigum Bol-anon shall be hosted by a member organization and shall only be held within the United States of America or Canada, unless otherwise agreed by a vote of three-fourths of all members of the Councilâ€.
The provision he cited also emphasized that â€œevery member organization shall endeavor to host a Tigum Bol-anonâ€.
Galang also shared that TBTK started as just a program of Conbusac and the â€œbrainchild of Nick Lopez, Bernardo Mag-aso and Flory Gulleâ€.
â€œCONBUSAC held its convention in Bohol only twice running under the banner Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibuok Kalibutan, a name coined by Nick Lopez,â€ Galang added.
It was also under Lopez that the first was held in July 1999 based on the unanimous approval during the 1997 convention in Houston, Texas, he cited.
â€œThe second was in July 2003 under Bernardo Mag-aso, author of the TBTK Articles of Commitment, who got an overwhelming support during the 2001 convention in Las Vegas, NV,â€ he added.
Galang assured that Conbusac, being the initiator of TBTK, will always support the event.
â€œAs a matter of fact, there will be many familiar faces who will be missing in this yearâ€™s CONBUSAC convention as they are going home to Bohol earlier for the TBTK, Galang said.