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Moro-Lumad Key Leaders of Mindananao Converged in Leveling-Off on Understanding the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Posted on 29 October 2014 by cbcs_mike

Sixty one (61) Key Leaders of different tribes of Mindanao converged in an aim to have deeper understanding of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and unify their appropriate intervention as their critical accompaniment of this important milestone in the peace process. The event took place at Camila Hotel in Pagadian City on October 22 -23, 2014.
The participating tribal key leaders comprising the delegates are coming from the T’duray – Lambngian tribes in Central Mindanano; the various sub-tribes of the Menovu race from the provinces of Southern Bukidnon and North Cotabato; the Tala-andig tribe of Northern Bukidnon; the Higaonon and Matigsalog tribes; the B’la-an and T’boli tribes of South Cotabto-Sarangani and General Santos City; the Sama-Bajau of Zamboanga City and the Bansa Subanen of the Zamboanga Peninsula. In each of the tribe coming from the same areas are Moro leaders as their counterparts in any of the decision-making needed in pursuance of their advocacy related to their unity and cooperation as blood-brothers in Mindanano.

In the rationale of the activity, Mike Kulat touched on some historical perspectives of the Moro – IP’s brotherhood and cooperation of both Islamized and Non-Islamized natives or the so-called “Talainged” of Mindanao. It was also stressed that at the coming of the colonizers and settlers, their once blood-brothers harmonious relations marred with “cracks and gaps” in the passing of time. However, with efforts currently being undertaken by the present generations, there were already considered milestones of achievement in repairing these severed relations between the two native inhabitants, being spearheaded by Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) in partnership with large IP organizations among them the Panagtagbo Mindanaw erstwhile headed by Datu Migketay Saway, the NATABUK Federation headed by Datu Wilmar Ampuan, the Organization of the T’duray-Lambangian Conference (OTLAC) headed by Timuay Melanio Ulama and the Pinagsalbukan Bansa Subanen (PBS) of Timouy Nanding Modaef of Zamboanga Peninsula. In each of the tribe and areas mentioned above, corresponding Moro leaders attended the assembly as their counterpart in every decision-making as well as in the platform or mechanism of cooperation.

The overview and objectives of the assembly had clearly elaborated by Guiamel Alim, chairperson of CBCS and who also acted as main resource person on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). He pointed out that the assembly is aimed at deeper understanding of the BBL and its effects to the lives of the native inhabitants of Mindanao; be able to level off in order to form a unified response and build constituency of the peace process and; strengthen and sustain the mechanism of cooperation and convergence between and among the various native’s ethnical groupings of Mindanao.

Before the presentation of the salient provisions of the BBL, the participants were given the chance in a workshop to present their views, opinions and outlook of the BBL which obviously can be categorized as majority their hopes and high expectations of peace and prosperity. Others are still skeptical as to the whether the proposed Bangsamoro Government brings good and lasting peace and the rest have still needs to understand deeper the content of BBL that shows more information campaign is needed.

The other interesting part of the assembly is the information sharing where tribe where given the opportunity to share their own histories, anecdotes on the Moro –IP kinships and their recommendations and stance on the current issue of BBL now being tackled in the houses of congress. Related to this, the assembly finally called their mechanism or platform of cooperation called “The Moro-IP Kinship Council: A Peace Force in Mindanao.” The council will serve as a venue of convergence and cooperation between the Islamized and Non-Islamized Native of Mindanao in facing major issues and concerns that affects their political, economic, social and cultural status. As their starting point in manifesting their unity and solidarity, both within and outside of the proposed core territory of the Bangsamoro, committed their support to the ongoing GPH-MILF Peace Process as embodied in their assembly statement and press releases now being circulated.

By Mike G. Kulat

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