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SOCSKSARGEN CSOs express support for the passage of HB4994/BBL

Posted on 19 August 2015 by cbcs_mike

Closed to 150 leaders and representatives of thirty six (36) Civil Society Organizations from SOCKSARGEN region expressed their support for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (HB # 4994) as drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) during a peace summit in General Santos City.

 Delegates to the CSO summit  posed for a souvenir picture

Delegates to the CSO summit posed for a souvenir picture

The CSO leaders comprised of Moro, Indigenous Peoples and Settlers from the provinces of South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and General Santos City urge the Philippine Congress to respect the peace agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The peace summit, held at the AVR of Mindanao State University- General Santos City Graduate School on August 9, 2015; was organized by the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA)-Southern Mindanao and with the strong support of Mindanao Convergence of NGOs for Social Protection (MinConSP).

BTC Commissioner Lawyer Raissa Jajurie invited as resource person explained to the participating leaders that the proposed BTC version of BBL under HB 4994 in comparison with the House Bill 5811 and pointed out the provisions in the said bill that violates the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

Jajurie said the BBL is a basic law and an agreement between the Parties, the government and the MILF, that is described as a social justice legislation that seeks to address the Bangsamoro question.

“That the HB 4994/BBL is the product of more than 17 years of peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF,” she said, “and most of the provisions of the original draft BBL were lifted verbatim from the CAB”, she added.

The resource person pointed out that the “BBL was drafted within the framework and flexibilities of the Constitution.”

The CSO leaders representing grassroots communities presented their respective positions.
The Mindanao Convergence of NGOs for Social Protection appealed to members of Congress to immediately pass HB4994 based on CAB to finally address the legitimate grievances, and correct historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro.
The Bait-Al Iman Association asked the Congress not to change what are stipulated in the original draft of BBL produced by the BTC considering it was crafted based on the grievances of the Bangsamoro and the current issues and concerns affecting the Bangsamoro communities.

By: Ebs Sandigan

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