COTABATO City—Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chairman Mohagher Iqbal apprised the officers of different Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) affiliated with the Cotabato Alliance for Moro Concern (CAMCI) during a gathering held on December 19, 2015 at 8th Avenue Hotel and Resort, Katidtuan, Kabacan, North Cotabato concerning the current status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and other related issues.
Iqbal gave similar answers to queries made in the past by some international and national leaders on Bangsamoro’s optimism and hopes for the passage of the BBL.
He said: “On the part of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), optimism has quite long been dead and buried based on our observations on the happenings in Congress. However, hope being dependent on the will of the Almighty God, is still existing”.
Political leaders present were: North Cotabato Board Member Mohammad “Kellie” Antao; former Kabacan Municipal Councilor and now candidate for Provincial Board Member Habib Guiabar; and former Barangay Chairman, now North Cotabato Deputy Governor for Muslim Affairs Edris P. Gandalibo.
CSO leaders in the gathering were Nasser Ali, the President of the CAMCI; Datu Guinda Simpal, CAMCI officer and representative of Moro traditional leaders; Abdulgani Yusop, President of the Moro Movement for Clean and Honest Governance (MMHG) and many others.
A question was raised by member of the audience on what would the MILF do in the case there will be a great diminution on the content of the original BBL with corresponding reduction on the autonomy as stipulated in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
The BTC and concurrent MILF Peace Panel Chair said: “We will continue to ask the government to comply with their obligation.
He further said that “We will follow the right tract. We in the MILF had been on armed struggle from 1972 to 1979. We are on political struggle from 1979 to the present. And, we will be entering democratic struggle to commence from the passage of an acceptable BBL”.
Chairman Iqbal also narrated his observations while being part of an audience in Congress during the deliberations on the BBL on December 16.