Friday, February 20, 2015

Bangsamoro People of Socsksargen urge legislators to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law

From the Website of MILF

Bangsamoro People of Socsksargen urge legislators to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Around 8,205 Bangsamoro people from the City of General Santos and provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani held a Peace Rally at the Oval Plaza in General Santos City calling the members of the House of Representatives and Senate to enact the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Coming from several groups comprised of women, youth, Asatidz (Arabic teacher), students, Kadatuan and Imams, the rally participants aired their common voice - No to all-out-war and pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law.”

Selected Moro leaders delivered their messages calling for sobriety amidst the high emotion on the fate of fallen 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members. They also urge the two chambers of the Congress for the immediate passage of the BBL.

The rally participants displayed their messages in placards and streamers saying: 

All-out-war is killing, All out peace is LIFE; Justice to fallen SAF, Justice to martyred BIAF and innocent civilians; Support BBL; Don’t junk the peace process; Enact BBL now!; and PNoy is right, BBL is the solution to Mindanao problem.

In a position paper, the Bangsamoro Initiatives for Emergency and Development Assistance Program, expressed their support to the BBL and cited the yearning of the Bangsamoro people for lasting peace which “can be addressed by the proposed law for the Bangsamoro people.”

The group said the Mamasapano incident should not be a hindrance for the deliberation and immediate passage of the Bangsamoro law by Senate and Congressmen.

A Muslim youth leader, said the BBL, which is a fruit of the 18 years of peace negotiation betweenthe government and the MNILF is hoped to bring bright future to the Moro youth. 
He added that the success of the proposed Bangsamoro new political entity, if given a chance to be realized, will be the success of all the people in Mindanao.

The House of Representative recently suspended the deliberation of the BBL to give way to investigation to the Mamasapano incident.

Various peace advocates organizations are urging the lawmakers not to delay the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

The BBL, once put into law will pave way for the creation of Bangsamoro, an autonomous political entity that will replace the current ARMM.