KABACAN, NORTH COTABATO – “The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is the most inclusive law we ever had in the country”, this was the statement of Atty. Haron S. Meling, the guest of honor and speaker of the Forum on Understanding the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
Lawyer Meling is the Executive Assistant of the Peace Implementing Panel on the side of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The presentation was extensive which means article by article.
Among the salient features of the BOL, not found in the Philippine Constitution are the vote of “no confidence”, the “wali”, the “council of leaders”, the system of governance which is “ministerial”, and others.
The distribution of power and the sharing of wealth are well expounded. The plurality of justice system is its unique paradigm.
Another topic concerning “violent extremism” was discussed in the forum. Morsidin Husain, a UNYPAD member of the Executive Council gave the full picture of the issue.
In the open forum, the audience clarified on the constitutionality of the law. Meling replied that there were many lawyer Bar topnotches in Congress, many Deans of Law schools in the country and the President of the Land said, the BOL is constitutional. “Those are enough to say, it is constitutional,” Meling said.
Other questions asked “would we benefit from it even if we reside outside of the area of the BARMM? The speaker also said, “yes, in the form of livelihood, infrastructures and others. Many other questions were asked in the gathering.”
The USM Vice President for Resource Generations and Entrepreneurship Dr. Alimen W. Sencil, Dean Prof Badrodin S. Abdulkadir, faculty and staff of the University attended the forum.
The forum was conducted on November 30, 2018 at the University Laboratory School Convention Center, University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Kabacan, Cotabato. The affair was jointly sponsored by the Asia Foundation and the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD).
The Battalion Commander of the 7 IB, Philippine Army and his men secured the venue. The same officer shared his words of full support for clean and honest forthcoming plebiscite.