June 22, 2012 News: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will hold a grand assembly of Moro leaders and mass supporters at it administrative base in Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao from July 6-9, 2012.
Officially dubbed as “Bangsamoro Leaders Assembly” and with the theme “Strengthening Bangsamoro Unity and Solidarity”, organizers expect at least 500,000 people from all walks of life of Moro society to attend the four-day affair.
The organizers also called this gathering by another nomenclature as “people’s assembly”, saying the civilians are the ones shouldering their expenses from their points of departure to the venue and back, including food and other basic requirements.
The MILF has invited as official guests Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ehsanoglu, and His Excellency Ambassador Sayed Kassem El-Masry, OIC Special Envoy for Peace in Southern Philippines; and the Malaysian Facilitator of the GPH-MILF peace negotiation, His Excellency Dato’ Tengku Ab’ Ghafar bin Tengku Mohamed.
Also invited are Honorable Secretary of the Presidential Adviser on the peace process (OPAPP) Teresita “Ging” Deles-Quintos, government peace panel chairman, Dean Marvic Leonen and his entire team, members of the International Contact Group (ICG), both states and none-states, MNLF Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari, MNLF-Committee of 12 Chairman Vice Mayor Muslimin Sema, Major General Dato’ Abdul Raheem bin Mohammad Yusuff, Head of Mission of the International Monitoring Team (IMT)-7, Madame Elezabeth Decry-Warner, president of Geneva Call, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of North Cotabato, Congressmen Tupay Loong, Bai Sandra Sema, Pangalian Balindong, and Jesus Sacdalan; Governors Abdulsakur Tan, Toto Mangudadatu, Sadikol Sahali, Mamintal Adiong, Emmylou Talino-Mendoza, Suharto Mangudadatu, Khaled Dimaporo, and Jum Akbar; Mayor Japal Guiani, and Mayor Datu Tocao Ahmad Mastura; and Datu Pax Mangudadatu, Rajah Buayan sa Buayan.
Members of the diplomatic community in Manila, heads of international and national non-government organizations, government aid agencies, the United Nations agencies operating in Mindanao, and members of local, national, and international media groups are also invited.
Members of the indigenous tribes in Mindanao especially the T’durays, B’laans, Subanens, and Manobos are also invited to the affair, and organizers expect them to wear their traditional costumes.
However, members of the media are requested to register and secure their accreditation first. Official identification cards will be issued to them bearing their names, positions. and media organizations.
Organizers disclosed to Luwaran that July 6 is the arrival of participants to Darapanan; July 7 is the opening ceremony where the official guests would render their messages. Chairman Murad will also render his State of the Bangsamoro Struggle Address. July 8 is exclusively set for the conduct of the Bangsamoro Leaders’ Dialogue. This time the civilians are expected to have started moving out Darapanan.
On July 9 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, a press conference will be held with Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim as the sole speaker. Mohagher Iqbal, head of the MILF information department and peace panel, will act as moderator.