Thursday, July 12, 2012

550,000 attend Moro leaders’ assembly in Darapanan; OIC, Malaysian officials, Sec. Deles in attendance


From the Website of MILF - Moro Islamic Liberation Front
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550,000 attend Moro leaders’ assembly in Darapanan; OIC, Malaysian officials, Sec. Deles in attendance



July 10, 2012: Five hundred fifty thousand people from all walks of Moro society and from as far as Palawan had started to arrive at Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao as early as July 6 to show their unity and solidarity behind the efforts of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to seek their views on the need for a common stand in the face of the difficult situation facing them as a whole and on the ways the MILF handles the peace negotiation with the Government of Philippines (GPH).
However, not included in the figure were the guests and visitors and their respective entourages, because they were not required to register as a sign of respect and protocol. Also the vendors who number by hundreds were not included in the registration.

At least 84 distinguished guests and visitors, some coming from abroad, graced the occasion and expressed their support to the peaceful efforts of the MILF and the Philippine government to settle the Moro Question and the armed conflict in the possible soonest time.

However, due to time constraint, only handful of the guests was able to deliver their messages. They all, however, congratulated the MILF for the successful holding of the assembly, especially the arrival of Moro leaders, irrespective of their organizational and party affiliations.


Even Mlang Mayor Lito Piñol, the brother of former North Cotabato Governor Manny Piñol, so far the harshest critic of the MILF, and former Executive Director of the Office of the Muslim Affairs (OMA) Engr. Zamzamin Ampatuan, who was also a former critic of the MILF, were among the early guests who arrive earlier. Former Partylist Congressman Satur Ocampo did not make it on the second day but came on July 8 and was requested to make his message, which he did sincerely.

Ocampo also attended the press conference by MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim July 9 where hordes of media people   including correspondent of the International Crisis Group.
Among the prominent guests were He Taher Ahmad Saif, Personal and official representative of HE Ekmeleddin Ehsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); HE Dato’ Tengku Abd’ Ghaafar bin Tengku Mohamed, Malaysian Facilitator of the GPH-MILF peace negotiation; Secretary Teresita “Ging” Quintos-Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP); Hon. Sritomo Wirodihardjo, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indonesian Embassy in Manila; Hon. Saad Zamuna, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Libyan Embassy in Manila; Dean Marvic Leonen, Chairman of the GPH Peace Panel, and all members of his peace panel; David Gorman, Country Representative of the Center for Humanitarian, and coordinator of the International Contact Group (ICG), as well ICG members from Japan, Turkey, Indonesia, The Asia Foundation, and the Conciliation Resources; Maj. Gen. Dato’ Abdul Waheed bin Yussuf, Head of Mission of the International Monitoring (IMT) and his entire team sites’ heads, including the newly-arrived Indonesian contingent ; Maj. Gen. Bernardo Ardo, Commanding General of the Army’s Sixth Infantry Division  in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat; Congressman Jesus Sacdalan; Congressman Pangalian Balindong; Congressman Bai Sandra Sema; Congressman Simeon Datumanong; Former Congressman Didagen Dilangalen; Former Congressman Datu Guinid Matalam; Former Partylist Congressman Satur Ocampo; Former ARMM Governor Zacaria Candao; Former ARMM Vice Governor Ben Loong; Atty. Laisa Alamia, Chairperson, Reg’l Human Rights Commission; and Vice Governor Esmael “Dustin” Mastura of Maguindanao.(Click here for list of important guests and visitors)

The Moro leaders’ assembly drew-in around 1,000 leaders from various organizational and party affiliations including from the traditional sultanates. Among the prominent personalities who attended the assembly were Congressman Simeon Datumanong, Former Congressman Didagen Dilangalen, and Dr. Abdulrahman Amin of the MNLF. Hadji Akmad Bayam, former spokesman of the MNLF, Vice Governor Esmael “Dustin” Mastura, Mayors  Datu Mando Mastura of Sultan Mastura municipality, Haji Nasser Nandang, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, and Datu Seam Jr. of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

Also present were Bai Ali Endayla of the Kawagib Human Rights group, a militant organization, and scores of indigenous natives.


After the whole day assembly, they unanimously passed a manifesto or statement, containing all the agreed points, which they approved openly.

Text of the manifesto follows:

STATEMENT OF BANGSAMORO LEADERS

In obedience to the commandment of Allah (S.W.A.) for believers to unite and to hold to the rope of Allah and in accordance with the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.H), and in order to hasten the resolution of the armed conflict between the Bangsamoro people and the Philippine Government, we the Bangsamoro leaders gathered here at Darapanan this 8th day of July 2012 AGREE to unite and call upon all Bangsamoro leaders coming from all tribes, political parties, organizations, groups all over the Bangsamoro Homeland to unite in purpose and action.


We further agree on the following:

We are in agreement with the position of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that in order to address the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people and to attain their aspiration there is need to redefine their relationship with the Philippine State in a State-Substate assymetrical relationship;

We believe that there is need to establish new political entity and other institutions to replace existing ones for the Bangsamoro people to achieve peace and development;

We support the MILF and express our confidence in its leadership  in articulating and working for the realization of the aspiration of the Bangsamoro people for justice, freedom and self-determination, as well as in the MILF peace panel in negotiating political solution to the armed conflict between the Bangsamoro people and the Philippine Government;

We urge Bangsamoro leaders to take complimentary steps in support of the MILF efforts;

We commit to be vigilant in protecting and promoting the human rights of the Bangsamoro people; 

We call on the international community to continuously support the GPH-MILF negotiations; and

We call on the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to work for the implementation and operationalization of unity agreements between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front, particularly the establishment of the Bangsamoro Coordinating Forum, which were signed under the auspices of the OIC.

Statement issued by the participants to the Bangsamoro Leaders Dialogue held on 8 July 2012 at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao participated by 1,000 Bangsamoro leaders from Palawan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Ranao, Maguindanao and Cotabato Region, Davao Region, Northern Mindanao and Metro Manila representing  local government units, Philippine Congress, NGOs and People’s Organizations, Moro National Liberation Front, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, traditional leadership, Indigenous People, and other sectors like the youth, women, religious, professional, farmers, fisherfolks and business.




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