FASTRAC, BLMI conduct Bangsamoro Youth Leadership Training

FASTRAC and the Bangsamoro Management and Leadership Institute conducted Bangsamoro Youth Leadership Training at Hotel T’boli, General Santos City on October 08, 2017. 

MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chairman and BTC Commissioner Mohagher Iqbal discussed the signed peace agreements and gave updates on the GPH-MILF Peace Process.

He lectured on the salient points of the Bangsamoro history including the coming of Islam in Mindanao, the rule of the Sultanates, the Moro resistance against the Spanish colonization and American occupation, the migration of the people of Luzon and Visayas to Mindanao, and the Moro uprising as the result of the long-standing oppression and suppression of the Moro people by the Philippine government. 

This continuous resistance by different Moro groups led to peace negotiations and agreements, first with the MNLF, and then with the MILF, Iqbal said.

Chairman Iqbal explained that the agenda of the 17-year negotiation between the MILF and the Philippine Government was how to solve the Bangsamoro problem or the Bangsamoro question. From this main agenda, nine issues and concerns to be addressed by the negotiation were determined. These issues and concerns comprised of ancestral domain, landless Bangsamoro, destruction of properties and war victims, human rights issues, social and cultural discrimination, corruption of the mind and moral fiber, economic inequities and widespread poverty, exploitation of natural resources, and agrarian-related issues. 

However, the Bangsamoro problem will not be solved unless the core of the problem is addressed, Iqbal stressed. 

“This core of the problem is self-governance or the right to self-determination. The signing of both the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) addresses the nine issues and concerns as well as the underlying core of the problem which is self-governance or meaningful autonomy”, Iqbal also said. 

“The drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as well as its submission to the Congress was also discussed by Chairman Iqbal.  He presented three possible scenarios of the BBL in Congress — a good BBL will be passed, no BBL will be passed, and a bad BBL will be passed”, Iqbal added. 

According to him, if a good BBL is passed, the struggle will still continue but it will be on the context of nation-building. He added that there will be a continued assertion if no BBL will be passed by the Congress and the MILF will outright reject a bad BBL. 

A bad BBL, he explained, is one that is lower than the ARMM, or equal to the ARMM, or above the ARMM but not compliant to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. He also talked about the development of the relationship between the MILF and the MNLF as well as the proposed transitioning of the Philippines to a Federal form of government.

At the end of his lecture, he presented the different ways to move forward in the Bangsamoro struggle. He mentioned the continuation of MILF programs as one of the ways as well as the strengthening of the Bangsamoro people. The strengthening of the Bangsamoro people should be focused in three tracks — the strengthening of Islam, strengthening of education, and strengthening of economic capability — and these tracks should not be inseparable. 

During the open forum, Iqbal explained to the participants the response of the MILF to the Marawi crisis as well as how the MILF leadership dealt with the emergence of other groups in Mindanao through initiation of dialogue with them. 

Lastly, he advised the young leaders on how they can help in the current struggle and peace advocacy through the use of technology, especially the social media. 

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