Student and Youth Leaders issue Manifesto of Support for Passage of New BBL

A large group of student and youth leaders from various colleges, and universtities of Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, and Cotabato City gathered in a forum on September 17, 2017 at Cotabato City.

In their manifesto issued at the end of the forum, the twenty six (26) student and youth leaders reiterated their belief and expressed their trust over a peacefully negotiated settlement as the only just, realistic, costless and humane way to solve the age-old Mindanao conflict.

They manifested their strong support to the current peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is now on its 20th year. 

The student and youth leaders also congratulated the New Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) for having successfully drafted a comprehensive version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), and for having submitted the original copy of said BBL to the Office of the President.

They also thanked His Excellency President Duterte for the submission of said draft BBL to the House of Representatives, and the Senate counting on His Excellency’s word to certify the same to Congress as urgent bill.

They joined the honorable members of the BTC in the assurance that said version of the BBL has stayed and was made to stick with and within the parameters of GPH-MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) as well as the GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreement (FPA). It is the new draft enabling law that is likewise in accordance to and compliant with the agreed upon stipulations and provisions of these peace agreements.

In the last part of their manifesto, they strongly appealed and called on the honorable members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass it as soon as possible. 

They also joined in the popular call of the Bangsamoro to the GPH to implement the CAB and pass the enhanced BBL that reflects the Bangsamoro aspirations ahead of the federalization of the Philippines.