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BIAF-MILF National Guard Front urges comrades to support BOL

PIKIT, North Cotabato - The National Guard Front of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) hosted an advocacy on Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) last August 30 at Madrasah Kabambanan, Gli-gli, Pikit, North Cotabato

BIAF Commander Abdulgani Manibal of the 8th Brigade of the Field Guard Base Command (FGBC) organized the activity that was participated by 400 officers and members of BIAF and BIWAB. He urged their comrades in the NFG to support the BOL by registering and voting yes during the plebiscite.

Manibpal said that through the cooperation of various units and brigades of BIAF National Guard Front, the activity has been successful. “Sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan ng iba’t ibang unit at brigade ay naging matagumpay ang ating adbokasiya sa pagpapaunawa tungkol sa BOL,” Manibpal said in Filipino.

Gli-gli Barangay Chairman Sindato Tingli was very thankful that the program was held in his community.

Junie Mantol, National Guard Front Deputy Front Commander explained the Bangsamoro struggle until the signing of the BOL by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Manuntol said the Mujahideen and Moros have sacrificed much during the struggle. “The BOL is now the fruit of our sacrifice, therefor our generation should treasure this milestone that we achieved,” he said.

Shiekh Abdul Fatah Delna, an officer of BIAF said that the BOL will give way to further strengthen the faith of Bangsamoro Muslims. “Nyadin samaya su Shariah a makakukom salkitanu” (We have now the Shariah in the BOL that govern us Muslims.”

Shiekh Esmail Guiapal, a Muslim scholar in the area said that he remembers the courage of the late Ameerul Mujahiden Sheik Salamat Hashim.

For his part, Shiekh Luqman Sultan reminded BIAF and BIWAB officers and members to work and campaign hard for yes votes to win during the plebiscite. “Sapagkat kapag ito ay nabigo dahil sa hindi natin pagsuporta ay mawawalang saysay ang mga buhay na ibinuwis ng maraming Bangsamoro, “Luqman said in vernacular. 

He warned that if BOL is not ratified, the sacrifices of Bangsamoro become useless.

Meanwhile, Dats Magon, Deputy Secretary General for Administration of UNYPAD-National Chapter briefly discussed the Bangsamoro peace process. 

Magon highlighted the Political Component of the peace process, decommissioning and Security track of BOL and the challenges encountered along the way.

Magon, also a member of GPH-MILF Peace Implementing Panel Joint Coordination Committee said the struggle is not yet over. He believes that there are 15% remaining provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bansamoro (CAB) not included in the enacted law. One of them is the Bangsamoro police.

Mohagher Iqbal, Chairman of MILF Peace Implementing panel in some media interviews said that the BOL is only 85 CAB-compliant. There are still 15% more that needs to be asserted so that it becomes 100% compliant to CAB.

“To our young generations…we urge you to value the signed agreements, the FAB and the CAB, and keep on asserting that all the remaining provisions not included in the BOL shall be given to us, sooner or later. It is government obligation to deliver them,” Iqbal said during the Forum on Understanding the Bangsamoro Organic Law at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, Cotabato City on August 8.