KPI holds Peace Forum

The Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute Inc. (KPI) held a peace forum with the theme ‘’Understanding of Bangsamoro Peace Process, and Prospect of the new Bangsamoro Political Entity” at Datu Paglas on December 12, 2017.

“Our leaders are not stopping to find a way for the passage of new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The BBL is the most practical, and civilized solution to Mindanao conflict”, emphasized Professor Esmael A. Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute, and BLMI Training Officer, and member of BLMI Steering Committee. 

“We are not fighting because the Manila government is dominated by Christians. We are not against Christian Filipinos. We are not against religion of any kind. We are simply against oppression.  And to us the worst oppression is the long deprivation of the Bangsamoro of their inalienable rights to freedom and self-determination”, Abdula quoted MILF Founder Salamat Hashim’s saying.

He explained the three tracks of implementing stages: 1) Security-Related Measure (Bilateral Implementation), 2) Normalization Process (Bilateral Implementation), 3) Passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (Philippine Government’s responsibility – unilateral responsibility).

“As leaders of our organizations, our essential role is to advocate the significance of peace, and the immediate passage of the new BBL that will end decades of war, and correct the injustices against Bangsamoro”, he added.

Abdurrahim Molilis, MILF-CCCH member, Community leaders, youth leaders, religious leaders, and some representatives for the business sector of Datu Paglas, and Buluan, Maguindanao, and some leaders of the Indigenous People belonging to the B’laan Tribe from Colombio, Sultan Kudarat attended the peace forum.

Samer Mamalaguia, active youth leader, and Abdulaziz Talib, member of KPI Board of Trustees, organized the peace forum.