Kabacan, North Cotabato—Representatives of multi-sector Civil Society Organizations in North Cotabato met on February 21, 2016 in the evening at 8th Avenue Resort Hotel, Kabacan, North Cotabato to assess the current situation after congress failed to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
The assembly was led by the Moro Movement for Honest election and Good Governance (MMHG), a CSO affiliated with the Cotabato Alliance for Moro Concerns Inc. (CAMCI).
Key government officials that attended the gathering were Board Member Mohammad “Kelie” Antao of North Cotabato, North Cotabato Deputy Governor for Muslim Affairs Edris Gandalibo, Party-list leader Loreto Kabaya of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and Mike Intao of the Department of Agriculture, Region 12.
The religious sector was represented by Ustadz Abdulgani Tumalao and Ustadza Zahara Zumbaga Taya. Traditional leaders were represented by Datu Genda Simpal.
Prof. Abdulgani A. Yusop, the outgoing president of the MMHG welcomed the participants in a quite lengthy message. He said, “We had a sad experience in the past where peace and order crisis exploded in this province after the government’s failure to sign the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) due to a court’s restraining order”. He hoped that similar crisis will not happen again after another fiasco was committed by Congress on the internationally supported Bangsamoro proposed law.
Board Member Antao recalled that Congress’ failure to pass the law was due to their lack of concern for peace and general welfare of the Bangsamoro people. TUCP Leader Kabaya challenged the audience to make a good decision in the forthcoming political exercise by way of supporting the right representative of their respective communities.
In the later part of the meeting, election of officers was conducted where Ahmad Maguid was elected as new president of the MMHG and Abdulgani Yusop as the Vice President.