COTABATO City –A network of Civil Society Organizations and grassroots community leaders launched the #SIGNnewBBL Movement on Friday (Sept 29) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORG compound, Cotabato City, to pitch their call for the immediate passage of BTC’s crafted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)
The event was participated in by thousands of peace advocates from various organizations and communities in Mindanao. The Sustainable Initiative of Grassroots and Networks for BBL (SIGN for BBL) movement had urged the members of the Philippine Congress, both from the lower and upper houses, to fast track the passage of new BBL into law.
The Movement believes that the enactment into law of the BBL and eventual establishment of the envisioned Bangsamoro entity is the “only effective way in suppressing the rising violent extremism and narrow-down adventurism of the younger generation of the Bangsamoro. They further believe that genuine peace and development will reign in Mindanao and whole country as well once the Bangsamoro people will have their own government.”
Congresswoman Ruby M. Sahali of Tawi-Tawi Lone District announced during the event that the BTC version are already filed officially in the earnest division of House of Representatives with House Bill No. 6475.
“Officially, the hierarchy of House of Representatives most especially Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, (who were) the principal sponsor of this bill and Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas…Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, and Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema,” Sahali said.
Sahali, however told reporters that challenges await the Bangsamoro law. She said members of CSOs and communities must be mindful during the process in the Congress. Sahali said she will make an update every time on the status of BBL through her Facebook. Duma Mascud, chairman of the #SIGNnewBBL disclosed that they will continue their advocacy, and lobby mission until the BBL that is based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is passed