Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (November 28, 2017) – President Rodrigo Duterte will “work very hard” to address historical injustices committed against the Moro people adding further that the southern peace talks will be inclusive.
“I plead to all Filipinos listening now to understand the problem,” Pres. Duterte said in reference to the centuries-old Bangsamoro struggle. The president was in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao on Monday, November 27, for the two-day Bangsamoro Assembly that started on Sunday.
The event, organized by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), was attended by more than a million people that include high-ranking officials from the government, nongovernmental organizations, indigenous peoples (IPs), religious leaders, and representatives from other groups such as the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
The assembly was aimed at drumming up support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law’s (BBL) immediate enactment. For his part, Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said he is one with the Bangsamoro people.
“Pumunta ako dito hindi lamang upang magpakita ng simpatya at suporta sa inyo, kundi naniniwala po ako na kabilang ako at kasama niyo ako sa kampanyang ito,” ARMM governor Hataman said. He reiterated his commitment to vacate his post whn the BBL is enacted.
Several officials and sectoral leaders also delivered their messages of support for BBL including 1st district of Maguindanao and Cotabato City Representative Bai Sandra Sema; Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali; Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu; MNLF chairman Yusoph Jikiri; Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, OMI DD; Bishop Noel Pantoja of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches; BTC Commissioner Timuay Melanio Ulama for the IPs; Datu Midpantao Midtimbang; and Aleem Ali Solaiman.
Murad Ibrahim, MILF chairman, said his group must now transition into a social movement. “From fortification of camps with arms, we venture into the development of our communities with new sets of learned skills and prepare the leadership from a revolutionary mindset into transformative leaders and managers,” Chairman Ibrahim said.
He added that the MILF will continuously push for the enactment of the BBL “because we are convinced of the justness and legitimacy of the Bangsamoro cause.”
Ghadzali Jaafar, first vice-chairman of MILF, read the Bangsamoro Assembly’s. manifesto. “We strongly appeal to the President to expedite the passage of the BBL,” he said. Vice-chairman Jaafar added that the BBL is the Bangsamoro’s articulation of self-determination.
SOURCE: (Bureau of Public Information)
November 28, 2017 @ 15:47