Photo courtesy of the Office of the Chairman, MILF Central Committee

Ranaw Region holds Grand Rally for BOL

Thousands attended the “Grand Rally of Ranaw Region for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL)” held last December 22 at the Dimaporo Gymnasium of the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City.   

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim served as the Keynote Speaker during the Grand Rally where he expounded how important the Ranaw Region played in the history of the Bangsamoro struggle and even to his own life as a mujahid. 

He narrated some historical moments that made him, and the MILF so attached with the place. 

He recounted his being an engineering student in the prestigious university many years back. “I studied engineering, but did not able to finish it after devoting myself to the struggle; now I am an engineer for the destiny of our people,” he said. 

He also divulged that the Ranaw region was the first to declare support to the leadership of the late MILF Founder Sheikh Salamat Hashim after separating from mainstream MNLF. 

In photo- MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim addressing the big crowd who attended the Grand Rally for BOL at Dimaporo Gym, Mindanao State University, Marawi City

“In 1996, I was detained by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Amay Pakpak Hospital for three (3) days and thousands of people in Lanao rallied for my freedom,” he recounted.

Chairman Ebrahim, who shall head the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) as interim Chief Minister, also said that the Province of Lanao Del Sur is the “first ever area to declare open support to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) through a manifesto of its leaders and that inspired other provinces to follow.” 

He also revealed that the “rehabilitation of Marawi City is one of our priority programs in our future Bangsamoro Government.”

Meanwhile, Marawi City Atty. Mahul Gandamra addressed the people by saying that had the Bangsamoro Government been installed earlier, the Marawi siege could have been prevented.  

“If the Bangsamoro Organic Law has been approved before the Marawi siege happened, that horrible incident could not have come to us,” Gandamra told the participants. 

 “Come for peace and change; this must happen. In behalf of Marawi City Government, I would like to express our full support to the BOL/BARMM,” he categorically stated. 

“A big big YES to Bangsamoro Organic Law,” Gandamra stressed in his message.  

On the other note, TESDA Secretary Atty. Guiling Mamondiong appealed to the PHILCONSA to withdraw its petition against the Bangsamoro Organic Law because this is “the only time to ratify the BOL and no other time.”

 The 2nd Vice Chairman of the MILF Aleem Ali Solaiman formally closed the program by expressing an overwhelming gratitude to all the people behind the success of the program and the thousands of people from all walk of lives who attended the Grand Rally.

The crowd called out for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law and “Victory of YES” vote for the upcoming plebiscite on January 21 and February 6, 2019. The gargantuan crowd came from across the Provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte, and Marawi City.