Friday, February 16, 2018

“Failure to pass BBL has big impact in the quest for peace in Mindanao”- BIAF men


From the Website of MILF


LUWARAN FILE PHOTO-JOINT BIAF, ARMY, PNP TRAINEES DURING THEIR GRADUATION HELD AT OLD MAGUINDANAO PROVINCIAL CAPITOL GYM. THEY WILL COMPOSE THE JOINT PEACE AND SECURITY TEAMS AS AGREED BETWEEN THE GPH, AND MILF PEACE PANELS. THE GRADUATION RITES WAS GRACED BY BIAF OFFICERS, PNP AND PHILIPPINE ARMY OFFICERS AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES OF INGO’S OVERSEEING THE PEACE PROCESS IN MINDANAO

“Failure to pass BBL has big impact in the quest for peace in Mindanao”- BIAF men

The frustrations among members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) on the ill-fated passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the 16th Congress has caused some doubts on the sincerity of the national government in finding a comprehensive and long lasting solution to the Moro Problem. 

This time, many stakeholders are still uncertain on the enactment of an enabling law for the creation of a new political entity called Bangsamoro Region.


The Senate for its part are about to terminate the public hearings and consultations saying they have conducted enough, but there is a slow pace of deliberations in the House of representatives (Hor).
To get the pulse of some stakeholders, we traveled to some parts of Maguindanao trying to ascertain what they feel, and perceive on the current state of BBL is congress.

While in Barira, we have talked to Datu Riga, a veteran of Camp Abubakar War who was then 20 years old when they tried to defend the village of Sapad in Matanog, Maguindanaon from members of the Philippine Armed Forces trying to open a gateway towards Abubakar.

Asked what he can say about the new BBL, Datu Riga told us, “We are carefully watching the development in congress, and if ever congress fails us again this time, then we are ready to go back to the battlefield, and fight the enemy,” he said. 

 I’m now 37 years old and still capable of fighting for the Moro cause. He admitted that for now he engaged in farming to support his family, but reports to duty when called by his superiors. 
He also admitted that at present, the AFP is no longer a threat to the Moro people, but radical elements who are trying to spread a wrong interpretations of the Noble Qur’an.

“If every there is Bangsamoro Region, then we can concentrate on these misguided elements until they stopped recruiting and brain washing Moro youths to join with them,” he said.  

In Dulawan, Datu Piang, Maguindanao, we had a chance encounter with Bapa Bedo in a coffee shop. He hails from Reina Rejente, former MNLF Camp but is now occupied by MILF Forces.

Asked to comment on the new BBL, Bapa Bedo told us, “We cannot accept another frustration this time. Congress failure to pass the BBL will have big impact in the quest for peace in Mindanao.”  Over a cup of coffee, he laments that the Moro have suffered enough, and it is time for them live in peace.

In Datu Odin Sinsuat, a progressing town in Maguindanao adjacent to Cotabato City, we have talked to Comdr. Bobby, a camp commander in the hinterlands of Sinsuat town.

“We believe President Rodrigo Duterte is sincere in addressing the Mindanao conflict, but he must exert extra efforts in influencing congress to pass an acceptable BBL.”

“For me, and my men, we will not accept a heavily-diluted BBL. They have to pass the new BTC version,” he added.

For now, many stakeholders are leaving the fate of the BBL to President Duterte, and congress, as its passage is unilateral on their part.

Whatever the fate of the BBL, only the Almighty knows. The Bangsamoro are not losing their enthusiasms for the smooth passage of BBL.




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