Zamboanga City Moro Community Leaders, CSO’s hold Peace Advocacy

TULUNGATUNG, ZAMBOANGA CITY. July 6. 2018- Moro Community leaders here have joined together with Civil Society Organizations in peace- building through conduct of advocacy, forum and information drive campaign to sustain the gains of peace process. 

On July 5, a peace advocacy was conducted at Asta Moro Madrasa, Barangay Tulungatung, Zamboanga City. 

A Moro community leader Imam Akub Asta spearheaded the activity together Moro Peace Advocates and Moro line agencies that aimed to raise public awareness through participation in Peace-Building endeavor to understand the Bangsamoro legitimate struggle and the knowing more the trending issue on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) 

The activity was attended by peace advocates, women, youth, and Moro Religious leaders from different Barangays of Zamboanga City.

In his welcome message, Imam Akub Asta, host of the activity expressed his gratitude to the participants and the resource speakers for their responsiveness by attending the peace advocacy despite their work and busy schedule. 

Islamic orientation on the significant of unity through love and respect was delivered by Ustadz Benjabar Daris, Head of Asta Moro Madrasa. He said that every Muslim Ummah should show their love and concern to fellow Muslim as source of unity and strength as said in the Noble Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). 

Resource speaker Hadji Atiola Jamsuri, a Peace Advocate and one of the senior officers in the early Bangsamoro armed-struggle expressed his alarm on the deleted provisions of BTC Draft BBL that supposedly granting the Bangsamoro a real autonomy based on signed peace agreements as the answer to Bangsamoro aspiration. However, he is still hopeful that those deleted provisions can be restored during the Bicameral Conference Committee meeting. 

For his part, Brother Phix Samsaraji, Officer from United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) delved on, “The Youth contribution in Bangsamoro struggle and Peace process.”

He said that the youth represents a larger portion of the society. The Bangsamoro youth should use their time productively through active participation in peace-building for the realization of the Bangsamoro aspiration. He also talked on the fate of BBL which is still in its critical stage after the House of Senate and the House of Representatives deleted and amended essential provisions of the BBL crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). 

Brother Phix also submitted a position paper of UNYPAD appealing to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to fulfill his promise to Bangsamoro to correct the Bangsamoro Historical Injustices and implement the signed peace agreements.

The Youth Organization also appealed to the Bicameral Conference Committee (BCC) to restore the deleted, and amended BBL provisions drafted by BTC in conformity with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)  

From the women sector, Hadja Rashyieda Majid, Officer from Mindanao Women Advocacy for Good Governance (MWAGG) also made the same appeal to the Bicameral Conference Committee. 

“We have learned many lessons from the pass and we are fed up of false promises and deceptions. We have to unite and pray that the deleted provisions of BBL can be restored,” she said. 

The organizer acknowledged the presence of a special guests from Nissa Ul- Haqq of Central Mindanao who observed the activity and delivered their respective messages related to Bangsamoro Struggle and the BBL. 

Mam Connie talked on Bangsamoro History by stressing the importance of knowing one’s history, identity and the painful sacrifices and series of massacres of innocent Bangsamoro, while Miss Janin presented the salient provisions of BBL provisions. She corrected the misconception on Sulu Sea and the Bangsamoro Water in the BBL provision 

Miss Shalom, Executive Officer of Nissa Ul-Haqq talked on deleted provisions of BTC-Draft BBL. She said that 85 % provisions of BTC draft BBL were deleted by Congress. Such is not acceptable to the Bangsamoro people since only 15 % remained in the original BBL. 

Ustadz Taha Daranda, a Peace Advocate Focal person and member of Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) talked on the comparison between the BTC Draft BBL and the one passed by congress in 3rd and final reading on May 30

He encouraged the Bangsamoro to do their obligations and stand in defending their rights through peaceful and lawful means in articulating their lawful grievances. 

In his closing message, Mr. Morsalin Jorsalin, a Moro community leader expressed his profoundest gratitude to the resource speakers for their time spent, and knowledge shared, to the organizers and the participants who are always supportive to the Bangsamoro quest for right to self-determination. 

The activity was organized and facilitated by Tirso S. Tahir from Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) and Brother Phix from UNYPAD. 

Brother Tims acted as master of ceremonies with participation of Information Director Mr. Arasid (Dan) Daranda as documenter.