IN PHOTO-Prof. Raby Angkal being interviewed by local media in Cagayan de Oro City during the RPOC-10 meeting

RPOC-10 supports passage of BBL

The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), Region 10 held full council meeting on November 14, 2017 at Cagayan De Oro City attended by LGU’s chief executives, the military and police officers.

The purpose of the meeting was to submit report and evaluation in regards to the present peace and order situation in the region.

RPOC Chairman City Mayor Edgar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro City invited BTC Chairman and 1st Vice Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Ghazali Jaafar to give updates on the current status of the BBL, and the peace process. The RPOC 10 covered the five (5) provinces and nine (9) cities in Eastern Mindanao. 

Jaafar in his letter to the RPOC-10 read for him by his Chief of Staff Prof, Raby Angkal apologized for his failure to attend the significant occasion. “In behalf of the BTC Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, I would like to extend his humblest apology to the RPOC Chairman Honorable City Mayor Oscar Moreno and RPOC members, the military and police officers who are here today’, Angkal said.

The BTC Chairman has committed to attend the meeting with his entourage but President Rodrigo Duterte invited him through the OPAPP to attend personally in the ASEAN Summit on November 13-14, 2017 in Metro Manila. That’s the very reasons why BTC Chair Jaafar was not here on this very important occasion.

Prof. Angkal explained briefly the background of historical injustices committed against the Moro People before he discussed the new BBL and the current peace process through slides presentation.  Angkal caught the attention of the attendees while viewing his presentation and knowing for the first time the truth about the injustices committed against the Bangsamoro People.

Colonel Browner, Deputy Commander of the 1stTabak Division based in Cagayan de Oro City said in his presentation that the CPP/NPA was still the no. 1 threat in region 10. Then, followed by the Maute/ISIS-inspired group, and no, 3 arethe drug Lords. 

The MNLF and MILF were not figured out as security threats as they manifested their sincerity in the peace process, said Col. Browner. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expected the MNLF and MILF to send reinforcements to the Maute Goup at the height of the intense fighting but did not happen.

“The MNLF and MILF had manifested and proven their sincerity in the peace process during the Marawi crisis,” one observer said.

At the end of meeting, the RPOC-Region 10 issued a resolution addressed to the Two (2) Chambers of Congress expressing full support for the passage of the BBL, considering the signed peace agreement is an instrument to attain lasting peace in Mindanao and does not want that Marawi incident to happen again, reliable sources said.