RANAW CSOs, residents, Marawi IDP's conduct prayer rally in support to BBL

CAMP DARAPANAN, SULTAN KUDARAT, MAGUINDANAO. July 6, 2018 - The Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization of Ranaw Region, the Moro Consensus Group, Lanao and Marawi residents including IDPs held a prayer rally in support to the passage of BTC-crafted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) held at Jamait'ul Muslim Mindanao (JMM), Matampay, Marawi City on July 4, 2018.

An estimated 20,000 residents of Marawi and Lanao areas participated in the prayer rally that included traditional leaders, religious leaders, academe, students, professional group and leaders of different sectors. 

During the rally, resource speakers from different representation spoke the same message urging the Bicameral Conference Committee members to restore the deleted or amended provisions of BBL that form part of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

They argued that the CAB is a political agreement that ought to be respected and honored by implementing all its provisions.

Datu Agakhan Ben Ladin Shariff, Chairman of Bangsamoro National Movement for Peace and Development, Marawi City, appealed to Congress and Senate to restore the essential provisions of BBL that were either deleted/ amended during the 3rd and final reading of the bill on BBL.

“The Ranao Confederation for Peace strongly believed that Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) remains the most viable option for the cessation of conflict in Mindanao as it addresses the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro”.

For his part, Datu Musa Sultan, President, Ranao Cenfederation for Peace appealed to the twenty-eight (28) members of the Bicameral Conference Committee to restore the BBL to its original form and let the concerned constituents decide its fate through a plebiscite upon which we can meaningfully exercise our democratic right to make our choice whether or not to be included under the proposed Bangsamoro political autonomy.

We are also hopeful that the roadmap for political transition for Bangsamoro autonomy, as stipulated in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), will be implemented during Duterte’s Administration, said Datu Sultan.

Part of the activity is the gathering of signature campaign in support to BBL and drafting of manifesto appealing to the members of the Bicameral Conference Committee to reconsider the deleted or amended provisions which are part of the CAB. 

In their manifesto, they argued that " BBL is aimed at enhancing the power of the present autonomous government not only to meet its noble objectives to improve the lives of the people, end violence and foster national unity and reconciliation but to vest the new autonomous government with substantive powers capable not only to correct historical injustices but also to effect radical changes in the Bangsamoro. "

They also highlighted five (5) items that could apply to their peculiar interest as Meranaw, as follows: To make sure the final version of BBL is CAB-Compliant to avoid the creation of breakaway groups that would capitalize on non - implementation of CAB; 

To restore the BBL original version on INLAND WATERS, such that it must be within the exclusive power of the Bangsamoro; 

To restore the original provisions of HB 6475 on the power of the Bangsamoro Government to regulate power generation, transmission and distribution operating exclusively in the Bangsamoro and not connected to the national transmission grid; 

To restore the original provision of HB 6475 on the share of Bangsamoro Government in the national taxes collected in the Bangsamoro and its retention of the 25% share of national government within the period of 10 years; 

To restore the original version of HB 6475 on the periodic plebiscite; And in the event that it is impossible to restore the original provision of HB 6475 on the core territory of Bangsamoro to adopt the version of the Senate on the provision of core territory particularly on the six (6) Municipalities of Lanao del Norte so that it would no longer require the consent of the whole Province.