President Duterte vowed inclusive BBL

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte vowed before a crowd of over 1.2 million that an inclusive Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be passed soon during the culmination of the Bangsamoro Assembly  on November 26 and 27, 2017 at Old Capitol, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

The crowd were from the Bangsamoro dominated communities of Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat Province, South Cotabato, Lanao provinces, Davao provinces, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga provinces, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

President Duterte was the guest of honor and speaker of the assembly. He was joined by his Defense Secretary, Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza and other members of his cabinet.

On the side of the Bangsamoro were Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Chairman Ghazali Jaafar of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and MILF 1st Vice Chair, MILF 2nd Vice Chair Aleem Ali Solaiman, Commissioner Mohagher Iqbal of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and Chair of the MILF Implementing Peace Panel, and other MILF officials.

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was represented by its Chairman Yusoph Jikiri and Muslimin Sema.

The religious sector was lead by Mufti Abuhuraira Abdulrahman Udasan, Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI DD, and BTC Commissioner representing the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Timuay Melanio Ulama.

The Bangsamoro political leaders in the group were Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Gov. Datu Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu of Maguindanao, Rep. Bai Sandra Sema of Maguindanao, Rep. Ruby Sahali of Sulu, former Mayor Datu Tucao Mastura of Sultan Kudarat, former Mayor Datu Midpantao “Antao” Midtimbang of Guindulongan.

The members of the BTC, Atty. Nabil Tan and other government officials also participated in the gathering.

The Presidential Security Group (PSG), Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philip[pine National Police secured the venue jointly with the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF).

The common interests expressed by the top leaders in the assembly were that they are against extremism and violence, they support the enactment of the BBL, they are pro peace and development, and they advocate for the rectification of the historical injustices suffered by the Bangsamoro people.

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