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BANSA STATEMENT OF CONCERN ON CURRENT STATUS OF BBL

Posted on 26 August 2015 by cbcs_mike

August 23, 2015

BENIGNO C. AQUINO III
President of the Philippines
Malacañang Palace, Philippines

THRU:
HOUSE OF THE SENATE and HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

We the Officers and members of Bangsamoro Network for Solidarity and Accountability (BANSA), Sugoda Buayan – Southern Mindanao Regional Chapter based in General Santos and with a coverage area of the City of General Santos, Sarangani and South Cotabato provinces in its Regular Meeting hereby appeals to the members Congress to reconsider their substantial changes made to the original Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) contained under HB 4994.

In essence, BANSA had been witnessed how painful life is, how these people fighting between life and death. They didn’t feel the emptiness of their stomach because of the fear that in just a glimpse of their eyes, life ends. This is not a sarcastic event but a reality that everyone must be aware of. Not only the people of Mindanao who experienced this chaotic incident but also some parts of the Philippines who are still deaf and blind with the real happenings.

We can’t deny the fact that Mindanao is suffering in many challenges and one of this is towards achieving “peace”. The people of the land specifically the Bangsamoros are shouting for peace. It includes there their right to “Self-Determination”. It is in which we theBangsamoro can be able to determine and practice our political status and other identities because we really feel that we are politically, economically, socially and culturally deprived of our legitimate right to exist as distinct nation or people.

In connection with this, Bangsamoro Basic Law in accordance with the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was drafted as an alternative solution to this ongoing conflict. Thus, the original draft of the BBL will bring reconciliation and unity to the dreamed political entity the “Bangsamoro”. We strongly believed that all the provisions inclusive in the BBL will highlight the needs of the Bangsamoros.

Therefore, we are begging you to support and push the original draft of the BBL instead of the new versions. We are also encouraging you to join in our advocacy and be a catalyst of change and peace building with this place which we named as the “land of hope”. Hope for Peace, Justice, against oppression and wishing that one day no more youth will hold fire arms to protect their rights but a book instead to educate their selves.

We are really hoping that our agony will be put into realization!

(Signed by 24 Regional Officers and Members of BANSA constituting a quorum in their Regular Meeting)

By: Ebs Sandigan

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