IN PHOTO- Some of the participants to the peace rally in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi holding their tarps that urge Bicam members to restore deleted, and/or amended BBL provisions

Bangsamoros of Tawi - Tawi hold peace rally, urge BICAM members to restore deleted BBL provisions

CAMP DARAPANAN, SULTAN KUDARAT, MAGUINDANAO. July 5, 2018 - The Tumpukan Bangsa Sama Inc. (TBSI) organized a peace rally dubbed as " ONE TAWI - TAWI " supports Bangsamoro Basic Law with a Theme: " Correct Historical Injustice, Now or Never " held at Datu Amilbahar Jaafar Convention Center, MSU Preparatory High School, Bongao, Tawi - Tawi on July 3, 2018.

Tawi - Tawi lies in the Southernmost part of the Philippines and have been traditionally referred to as the country's backdoor, just 30 km from Simunul to the State of Sabah in Malaysia. 

Prior to the peace rally, a motorcade of at least 200 vehicles including motorcycles was done and 3 motor launch (boat) coming from island municipalities arrived with their delegations.

The peace rally was attended by around 2,000 participants from different sectors of the province, men in uniform, students, academe, CSOs/ NGOs, religious leaders, traditional leaders, LGUs and from the professional group. 

Noteworthy to mention, those who graced the activity were: Dr. Alpha Amiruhadj, Prof. Abduljamil Ishmael, Datu Abdurahman Dakulah, Dr. Abdurajak " Jack Moro " Sandag, Dr. June Ahamad, Hon. Datu Nur-Gerry Wagas, Hadji Abdurahman Idris, Hadji Ishmael Haibaton, Dr. Sitti Amina Mohammad, Hadji Serata Dais and Al Trekee Dayan. 

IN PHOTO- Participants to the peace forum in Bohe Indangan, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi

Invited guest was BTC Chairman Ghazali Jaafar but was represented by his Chief of Staff Prof.  Raby Angkal. 

The Bangsa Sama leaders in their respective messages were in agreement to support the passage of BTC-drafted BBL and appealed to the Bicameral Conference Committee members to restore the deleted " Six Major Issues " of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. 

Prof. Abduljamil Ishmael in his message stated that, " This BBL is or maybe the last and ultimate way to correct historical injustice. "

After the rally, the BTC delegation proceeded to Bohe Indangan in Simunul where the first Masjid in the Philippines was established by Shiek Makdum sometime in 1380. They were met by Mayor Nazif Ahmad " Bonjing " Abdurahman who hosted a Peace Forum on BBL attended by almost 200 participants.