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PASSAGE OF UNDILUTED BBL, A HOPE OF BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THE YOUTH

Posted on 15 December 2017 by cbcs_mike

The call of the youth to Congress was expressed by Ustadz Nuroddin Mantolino, Chairman of the Union of Youth Organizations of Zamboanga Peninsula at an “Interfaith Peace Assembly in Support for the Passage of the new BBL” held at Pagadian City on December 10, 2017. The assembly was attended by no less than two thousand participants coming from the municipalities of Labangan, Dumalinao, Dinas, Dimataling, Lapuyan and Tukuran in the province of Zamboanga del Sur and Pagadian City.

Ustadz Nuroddin mantolino whie reading youth manifesto  in an INTERFAITH PEACE ASSEMBLY held at Pagadian City on December 10, 2017.

Ustadz Nuroddin Mantolino whie reading youth manifesto in an INTERFAITH PEACE ASSEMBLY In support to BBL held at Pagadian City on December 10, 2017.

In their official statement they pinned their hope of “having a conducive environment to live in” for the youth only if the new BBL is enacted” into law without watering it down. But that status “would only be achieved by resolving the Bangsamoro Questions through the immediate passage and enactment into law of the newly crafted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) drafted by the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).”

He also stressed that the future of any country is largely dependent on the capacity and strength of the youth just as one of the Philippine Hero said: “youth is the hope of our motherland” and this is true in our country as well as to the youth of Zamboanga Peninsula.

They also believed that the passage into law of the new BBL as the only “most viable tool for healing and reconciliation of the long standing Bangsamoro Issues” that would redound to “more progressive and brighter future for our generation” or the youth of today and tomorrow.

He further emphasized that “the only thing that could bring about genuine smile to the Bangsamoro People” that will come from the bottom of their heart is enactment of undiluted BBL.”

In closing, Ustadz Nuroddin called on Congress and invoked on God’s intervention to listen to the pleadings of the youth to be given the privilege to have “a progressive and brighter future through the success of the BBL.”

By Mohaiya Pua
CBCS Area Coordinator for
Zamboanga Peninsula

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INTERFAITH PEACE ASSEMBLY-PAGADIAN

INTERFAITH GROUP OF ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA INITIATED ASSEMBLY IN SUPPORT TO BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

Posted on 14 December 2017 by cbcs_mike

More than two thousand people assembled at the Rotonda, Pagadian City last Sunday in an activity called “Interfaith Peace Assembly in Support to the Bangsamoro Basic Law” which was organized by coalition of groups headed by the Interfaith Forum for Solidarity and Peace represented by its Executive Secretary Ms Faye Mae Reyes; the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) represented by Mike Kulat and Ms Mohaiya Pua – Senior Program Officer and Area Coordinator for Zamboanga Peninsula respectively and the Ummah fii Salaam headed by its Executive Director Sultan Maguid Marohom.

INTERFAITH PEACE ASSEMBLY-PAGADIAN

The activity was made possible in close coordination and collaboration with the Bangsamoro Platform for Unity, Solidarity and Harmony (BM-PUSH) headed by Datu Kiram Cayda, its Clustered Province Convener, the Labangan Cultural Heritage led by Tarhata Daligdigan and the MILF Provincial Committee Officers of Zamboanga Peninsula headed by Naguib Mantolino.

The main resource person of the assembly was BTC Commissioner Atty. Raissa Jajurie who expounded that the BBL is a product of the negotiation between the government and the Bangsamoro. She said that the importance of the BBL is: “that it deals with allowing the Bangsamoro to run self-governance under the realm of the Philippine government.” In other words, “it is a genuine autonomy. Autonomy with substantial fiscal autonomy and Exclusive Power which is clearly delineated from that of the Reserved Power of the Central Government”, she added.

She also stressed that: “The importance of BBL is that it is an implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro which mandates the establishment of governance that suits the culture, ways of lives and beliefs of its constituencies”.

While Commissioner Jajurie clearly presented the significance of BBL, on the other hand she appealed to the participants to continue working hard for the passage of the bill in Congress and much work is still to be done.

“We need to express our sentiments and to be heard by Congress. We need to be present in every public hearings and consultations and assert our views and appeal to Congress for early passage of the BTC drafted BBL as soon as possible. We need to work hard not only in heart and mind but let’s shout our assertion for the passage of BBL” Commissioner Jajurie emphasized.

While in Lower House or House of Representatives BBL is already all set, the main problem is in the Upper House or House of Senate, since BTC drafted BBL was not yet filed. There was a BBL filed by Senate President Koko Pimentel but that is his own version.

This was followed by commitment and support of multi-sectoral leaders. Among those who have given their statement support were: Sheikh Esmael Kalalagan, the acclaimed Mufti of Zamboanga Peninsula, Mr Duma Mascud of the Mindanao Alliance for Peace, Mr. Nasser Pulindao of the coalition called #SignnewBBL and representative of Christian Communities of the Interfaith Group as well as the women group of Zamboanga Peninsula.

As last speaker, the Union of Youth Organization of Zamboanga Peninsula president Ustadz Nuroddin Mantolino read before the crowd their Statement of Support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

By Ms Mohaiya Pua

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SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA CONDUCTED FORUM FOR PEACE

Posted on 14 December 2017 by cbcs_mike

More than a hundred political science students of at least nine colleges and universities of Zamboanga Peninsula converged in an activity dubbed as “Forum on Human Rights, Violent Extremism and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)” in celebrations of Mindanao Week of Peace 2017.

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The activity was sponsored by Inter-Faith Forum for Peace represented by its Executive Secretary Ms Faye Mae Reyes in partnership with SCC-Kadugtong Community Involvement, Amnesty International, SCC Polisays and Artes Liberales held at Diocesan Pastoral Center, Balangasan, Pagadian City on December 9, 2017.

On the three major topics, Dr. Nora Agustero, vice president for Academic Affairs of SCC in her welcome remarks said that the theme and issues of the peace forum are timely and “heavy issues and topics” that will deal with a “social justices”.

Sultan Maguid Marohom, Executive Director of Ummah Fii Salam expounded the rise of violent extremists from global setting down to local level. He also gave its corresponding causes and effects of such extremism as that of the recent Marawi Crisis.

On Human Rights and International Humanitarian Laws was delivered by Human Rights Lawyer Atty. Kenny Sabellano who spoke of the basic rights of every individual person even in time of state emergencies or martial laws.

The resource person on updates on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was Mr. Mike Kulat, Senior Program Officer of Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) based in Cotabato City briefly described that: “BBL is giving social justices to the centuries old clamour of the Bangsamoro people for their right to self-determination”. And added that on matter of human rights he said: “the biggest human rights violation for the Bangsamoro is the wholesale and collective continuing denial by the government of their right to self-determination which will hopefully be addressed by the BBL.” The right to self-determination aspired by the Bangsamoro are within the ambits of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws and even by the domestic laws.

In conclusion, he appealed to the youth and students in supporting the current Government, MILF, MNLF and the broad stakeholders’ initiatives for peaceful political settlement of the Bangsamoro Question once and for all.

He also sighted among others our leaders pronouncements as: Former Congressman Ali Pangalian Balindong in his campaign materials that: “The BBL is our last Chance for Peace.” No less than President Duterte in his departure speech to Japan on October 29 emphasized on BBL that: “If we do not act on it expeditiously, I think we are headed for trouble. I will urge Congress to fast track it because the Moro rebels are getting impatient.”

No less than MILF 1st Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar stressed in a Press Conference with International Media held on September 22, 2017 stressed that: “If all political initiatives are exhausted, we will take up arms again.”

These statements coming from top leaders of both the government and non-state actors coupled with evident rise of extremisms are enough warning and looming situation when Congress fails to enact BBL immediately.

By Ms Mohaiya Pua

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ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA YOUTH STATEMENT OF SUPPORT TO BBL

Posted on 14 December 2017 by cbcs_mike

Assalamo Alaykom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuho.

We, the Union of Youth Organizations in Zamboanga Peninsula and as a component of the youth sector in the entire country, we unite ourselves primarily aiming for the transformation and development of the youth to become more beneficial to the society.

As a youth union, we strongly believe that the development and progress of our society is largely dependent on the status of its youth. And likewise, the Zamboanga Peninsula youth would not prosper without having a conducive environment to live in.

We believe that the state of existence would only be achieved by resolving the Bangsamoro Questions through the immediate passage and enactment into law of the newly crafted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

The Fey-Zap – as component of the youth sector, commits itself to the best of its capacity to be an agent of peace and societal transformation and Development.

It strongly supports the passage of undiluted BBL as the most viable tool for healing and reconciliation of the long standing Bangsamoro Issues, towards more progressive and brighter future for our generation, Insha-Allah (God Willing).

At this time, its very limited but valued time, the only thing that could bring about genuine smile to the Bangsamoro People which rooted from their heart, is handing over them the enacted and undiluted BBL.

We hope and pray that Allah Almighty will help us youth to be privileged with a progressive and brighter future through the success of the BBL. Ameen.

[Delivered by Ustadz Nuroddin Mantolino, Chairman of the Union of Youth Organizations of Zamboanga Peninsula at the “Interfaith Peace Assembly in support for the passage of BBL” held at Rotonda, Pagadian City on December 10, 2017 attended by no less than two thousand multi-sectoral delegates coming from different municipalities of Zamboanga Peninsula]

By Mohaiya Pua
CBCS Area Coordinator – ZamboPen

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