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Posted on 29 October 2014 by cbcs_mike

Amidst the varying issues now filling the air both within and outside of the proposed coverage of the envisioned new political entity called the Bangsmoro Government which will find its pedestal in a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), it is now being deliberated and undergoing public hearings and consultations by the Congress. Anent to this, there is now up-surging of differing issues that can either be considered added value or negate the wisdom and intent of each provision of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission’s draft law. The caucus was held at KFI Training Center in Cotabato City on October 28, 2014.


Among those who participated in the caucus were leaders of the known Moro Civil Society Organizations (CSO) from the Bangsamoro Communication Network (BCN), Moro Women Association for Good Governance (MWAGG), Shari’ah Lawyers League of the Phils., Bangsamoro Network for Solidarity and Accountability (BANSA), Mindanao Alliance for Peace (MAP), United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), United Youth of the Philippines (UNIPHIL), ARMM/RRUC Bityara sa Kalilintad (BISK), Kadtuntya Foundation Inc., and the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS).

Guiamel Alim who initiated the caucus emphasized the imperatives of CSOs concerted efforts at this crucial period of emplacing the Bangsamoro through the passing of the BBL is a must. More so with the present situation where some groups who are cynical or short of calling them “spoilers” of the peace process are active both in the congressional hearings and written recommendations in asserting their own agenda. In order for the participating CSO leaders to have an overview of these initiatives of other groups that either of help or undermine the draft BBL, he presented two samples of the position papers – one signed by conglomeration of different Moro and non-Moro organizations obviously initiated and influenced by the latter. The other one which in the analysis of the participants could inflict deeper repercussions in the BBL was the one signed by some leaders of the Non-Islamized natives or the so-called Indigenous Peoples and their supporters.

At the outset, Mr. Alim queried: “Do we Moro CSOs need to have positions? Do we have to engage in the current Congressional hearings on BBL? Are the provisions of the BBL enough to satisfy the demands of the Bangsamoro? Or are we going to just wait whatever will be the fate of BBL?”. In the duration of the caucus, the above questions revolved the theme of the discussions. The participating CSO leaders committed to enhance gray areas discussed to their respective organizations and finally start deeper involvement in every phase of the congressional processes towards passing of the BBL into law.

By Mike Kulat

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