COTABATO CITY – The Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) held an inclusive political dialogue at EM Manor Hotel in Cotabato City on October 24-25 participated by representatives from various sectors where they tackled the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the legal measure that is hoped to provide the Bangsamoro people an ideal autonomous political entity.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Implementing Peace Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal and Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo were the resource persons.
Iqbal elaborated on the enhanced BBL which was crafted by the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission.
“The former one was good but the present one is better,” said Iqbal citing the new BBL version “accommodated the demands of IPs, the MNLF, and all other groups.”
He said, “It enshrines the basic rights including the vested property right. It is secular in character. It is a parliamentary system where the executive and the legislative branches of government work in unity as compared to those in the unitary system.”
After clarifications were raised, the participants arrived in a common conviction that the enactment of BBL is of national interest.
Present in the forum were IBS head Prof. Abhoud Syed M. Lingga, Prof. Reydan Lacson of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), lawyer Parido R. Pigkaulan with Prof. Sarah A. Radam who facilitated the activity.
Representing various sectors in the said affair were: Dr. Alimen W. Sencil, Vice President for Production and Entrepreneurship of the University of Southern Mindanao and Dr. Abdul Lantong, Professor of the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College from the academe; Judge Datukaka Camsa of the Shari’ah Circuit Court from the judiciary; Datu Salem Abdula and Datu Malang Madal from the sultanate.
The media were represented by Ali Anso of DXUP of Upi and Abdullah Abdulmaguid of the Homeland Media Agency (HMA); the LGUs by Dr. Maugan Mosaid of Pikit, North Cotabato; the IPs by Archie Buaya of the Tiduray tribe; and the religious sector by Ustadz Hisham Nando.
For the MILF side, it was represented by Anwar Alamada and the political sector by Kasanadil Pigkaulan of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party.