The Enactment of BBL is of national interest: IBS Forum Participants

The enactment of the Bangsamoro basic Law (BBL) is of national interest said the majority of the participants of a forum at EM Manur, Cotabato City on October 24-5, 2017. 

Their belief came out in the wake of many clarifications raised by some participants. 

Speakers and guests of honours of was the MILF Implementing Peace Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal and Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo.

The forum was sponsored by the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) led by Prof. Abhoud Syed M. Linga with the participation of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) headed by Prof. Reydan Lacson. 

Dr. Parido R. Pigkaulan and Prof. Sarah A. Radam acted as facilitators.

Many sectors were properly represented in the activity, namely Dr. Alimen W. Sencil, Vice President for Production and Entrepreneurship of the University of Southern Mindanao and Dr. Abdul Lantong of the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College representing the academe.

From the judiciary was Judge Datukaka Camsa of the Shari’ah Circuit Court while from the Sultanate were Datu Salem Abdula and Engr. Datu Mlang Madal. 

The Media was represented by Ali Anso of DXUP Teleradyo of Upi and Abdullah Abdulmaguid of the Homeland Media Agency (HMA). From the LGUs was Dr. Maugan Mosaid of Pikit, North Cotabato. 

The IPs group was represented by Archie Buaya of the T’duray tribe, who is also a staff of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). The religious sector was represented by Ustadz Hisham Nando. 

On the MILF side was Anwar Alamada and the political sector was represented by Kasanadil Pigkaulan of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party.

Chairman of MILf PIP and Commissioner Iqbal expounded on the new version of the BBL crafted by the Expanded BTC. He said: the former one was good but the present one is better. This is so because it accommodated the demands of IPs, the MNLF, and all other groups. It guarantees the basic rights. It is secular in character. It secures the vested property rights. It assures participation of the settlers. It is a parliamentary system where the executive and the legislative branches of government work harmoniously as compared to those in the unitary system.