Iqbal, BTC exec orient Ligawasan Province on the Bangsamoro Organic Law

Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao - Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) member Mohagher Iqbal and BTC Chief of Staff Prof. Raby Angkal oriented the constituents of Ligawasan Province on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) held at  Maahad Mindanao, Fort Pikit, North Cotabato on November 11, 2018.

Iqbal, concurrently the chairman of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel narrated the peace process starting with the 1976 peace agreement under the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, the 1986 Jeddah Accord with Pres. Cory Aquino, the 1996 Final Agreement with Pres. Fidel Ramos, and the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA – AD) with Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

He also explained the two political settlements signed between the government and the MILF namely the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with Pres. Benigno Aquino III and passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law with efforts of incumbent President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. 

It may not be  a perfect law, however Iqbal stressed, “but it answers some basic issues that the Bangsamoro people aspires for that can be a spring board for sustainable peace and development in Mindanao and the whole country as well.” 

COS Angkal presented the salient provisions of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, its opportunities and challenges. 

On the part of the government officials present during the assembly, Mayor Sultan reiterated his unconditional support to the BOL and in fact consented to the inclusion petition of 19 Barangays under his jurisdiction to the COMELEC together with Board members Sultan and Antao.

The BOL is the legal translation of the CAB that will be ratified by a majority vote in a plebiscite that is scheduled on January 21 2019.

The measure provides the creation of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a political entity with more fiscal and political powers.

The assembly delegates included officers of the different municipal PolCom, MILF Information Committee, Dawah Committee, Civil Society Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and supporters and sympathizers of the Bangsamoro cause.