ZC Community Leaders express full support to passage of new BBL

Bangsamoro Community Leaders in Zamboanga City declared full support for the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), and called for its swift passage by congress as soon as possible. Like before, Moros community leaders in the city are consistently pushing for the reign of peace, and harmony long deprived of them at the onset of foreign colonialism to Moro Homeland by correcting historical injustice committed against them.

In their meeting on December 25 at Tulungatung West Coast Community in Zamboanga City, they once again expressed their unequivocal support to the GPH-MILF Implementation of signed agreement, and the immediate passage of the E-BTC drafted BBL. 

Crucial issues, and concerns of the Bangsamoro living in Zamboanga City were among the agenda discussed as well as the importance of peace advocacy, and holding of forum in community particularly in Moro dominated barangays aim to empower, and enlighten every Bangsamoro in knowing their basic rights, and the Bangsamoro struggle. 

Ustadz Taha Daranda, a member of Tarbiya (Education) Committee, and Officer of Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) in Zamboanaga City said that everyone must share their part in peace-building endeavor.

He quoted some verse from Noble Qur’an, “And among you there should be a group of people who invite to good and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, and it is they who are the successful”. [Al ‘Imran 3:104]  

Imam Omar, a local member of committee on Da’wah said let us not be weary in our struggle. It is a built-in component of our life, if we stop struggling, we cannot achieve our mission in life. The Bangsamoro aspiration for right to self-determination must be sustained until it is attained, In shaa Allah! 

He further said that If we are silent on our rights then those people who are hostile to Bangasamoro cause will take more advantage of it, and continue to deprive us of our rights. Be always aware of their treachery, and sweet words that designed to divert our attention, and realign our energy to other enticements so that we can divert from our original goal. 

“We, the Moros in Zamboanga City must uphold our rights, and identity as Bangsamoro. We should not be tainted by their psychological maneuvers using legal maxims yet unjustified, and adopted out of their prejudices, and hostility to the Bangsamoro,“ Pah Alex, a Moro village leader said.

“The passage and implementation of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that complies with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will be the best antidote to radical extremism, and will correct the historical injustices committed to Bangsamoro, and from then, we can live harmoniously with dignity, and respect; and retain our customs, and tradition,” Pah alex stressed. 

One peace advocate said “Let us sustain the gains of peace process by supporting the passage of a CAB- compliant BBL since it is the fruit of Bangsamoro struggle, and product protracted negotiations.

In regard to the unheard voice of some Moros in Zamboanga City on Bangsamoro issues, they are not meant that they are passive, and unmindful on Bangsamoro cause, a Moro community leader said. They will be enlightened in due time, he added.

The community engagements in Zamboanga City such as peace advocacy, for, and capacity-building activities with Moro community leaders, and residents are being conducted, and facilitating by key officers of Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), and other Moro NGO’s with the help of their respective counterparts in the communities who share similar vision, and commitment to the Bangsamoro cause.