Kabacan, North Cotabato – The non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress is a great challenge to every Bangsamoro. This was the statement of Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Mohagher Iqbal as he is giving updates on the peace process to the Bangsamoro people of North Cotabato in a peace advocacy on March 20, 2016, at Barangay Magatos, this town.
Iqbal recalled the long struggle of the Bangsamoro people in quest for the solution to the Bangsamoro problem that opened door for peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Since 1997, the MILF has been engaged in peace process with the government which resulted to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by the two parties in 2014.
Iqbal, concurrently the MILF Peace Panel Chair, also explained the ups and downs of the journey of the peace negotiations between.
The BTC chair expressed his sympathy to every Bangsamoro who until this time feels the disappointment in the failure of passing the BBL in Congress.
He further emphasized that he himself was dismayed with the inconsiderate actions of some members of the Congress.
Congress ended sessions last February 5 without passing the BBL. As stipulated in the CAB, it is the sole obligation of the government to pass the measure which is hoped to bring meaningful autonomy for the Bangsamoro people.
Iqbal encouraged the Bangsamoro communities to strengthen their ideological, political and organizational aspects and learn not to rely on others’ help as this would be of great advantage in the quest of genuine peace in Mindanao.
He also pointed out that the Bangsamoro leaders need to build strong camaraderie with their members and cited that “A good leader creates more leaders.”
The Peace Advocacy Program with the theme “Advocacy on the Bangsamoro Peace Constituency Building” was spearheaded by the local Political Committee and Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces.
A total of 1,500 participants from North Cotabato attended the event coming from the BIAF, Social Welfare, Political , Information and Da’wah committees that include women and other sectors.