BIAF Chief Al-Mansoor: BARMM is better than ARMM

CAMP RAJAHMUDA, Pikit, North Cotabato (September 20, 2018) ---- Sammy Al-Mansoor, Chief of Staff of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said that Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), also known as Republic Act 11054 will be given utmost concern and priority during the plebiscite on BOL on January 21, 2019.

During the Advocacy on BOL sponsored by 128th Base Command of Eastern Mindanao Front held in this camp, Al-Mansoor emphasized that “Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is better than ARMM because the BARMM is the closest to our political aspiration.”

Al-Mansoor explained that Bangsamoro Parliamentary Structure is different from current Philippine Political Structure.

“Our political structure has Shari’ah, Islamic Banking System, Madaris System, Haj and Umrah that will be managed and run solely by the BARMM”, Al-Mansoor added.

 “Parliamentary System of Governance is nearer to right to self-determination,” he also said.

He further said that the first job of Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTA) is to draft a local government code, electoral code, revenue code and administrative code.

“All Moro people with ages raging 18 and above must strive to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming BOL Plebiscite,” underscored Al-Mansoor.

Al-Mansoor holds three key positions in the MILF, videlicet; BIAF Chief of Staff, Secretary General of United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) and as a Commissioner of Bangsamoro Transition Commission representing the Moro Front.

Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, Training Officer of Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), said “The BOL is the fruit of our long struggle against oppression.”

Abdula added “The BOL is the answer to our long-dreamed right to self-determination in our homeland.”

Abdula emphasized that, “BOL is the legal translation of Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2014.”

He explained that Moro struggle underwent three stages, to wit; armed struggle, political struggle (series of negotiations) and democratic struggle (implementation of signed documents that includes BOL).

Among the invited guest speakers who expressed messages of support on BOL ratification were Mohammad “Kelly” Antao, Board member, 1st District, North Cotabato province, Mayor Sumulong Sultan of Pikit municipality with his barangay captains, representatives of Pagalungan, and Datu Montawal LGUs, Base Commanders of 110th Base Command, 109TH Base Command and 108th Base Command.