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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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