We will make our political party a different one - UBJP official 

A ranking official of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) urged its members to strive hard in developing their organization and make it different from the traditional political parties in the country.

“We will make UBJP a different one. UBJP wants to be a Genuine Principled Political Party (GPPP),” Sammy Al Mansoor , UBJP Secretary-General, said in his message during the Training on Political Party Development held at Sun City Suites in  General Santos City on April 5-7, 2016.

He said becoming a genuine principled party entails efforts of its members.

“This is very challenging because we were exposed to politics anchored on money and use of force,” the UBJP leader said.

He related to the participants, UBJP key local officers from Southern Mindanao, the weakness of a Muslim political party in the past. 

“We had no trainings. No one knew how to run it,” he said. “Thereafter, It was taken by the traditional politicians and then we saw no changes at all,” he recalled.

Almansoor stressed that strengthening the UBJP is in line with the political objectives of the Bangsamoro people. 

“UBJP is our vehicle for us to implement our social responsibility to our people,” he explained.

He said the Bangsamoro people should be prepared to participate in political exercises in order to realize their political objectives. “We need to bring our issues up to Congress,” he added.

UBJP is a political party created by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in preparation for its engagement in political exercises once the Bangsamoro government will be established.

The MILF has been engaged in a peace process with the Philippine government for more than 17 years that resulted to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in 2014.

The peace deal provides the establishment of an autonomous Bangsamoro government through the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law which the Philippine Congress failed to enact during its sessions last February.

UBJP will join the polls for the elective posts in the Bangsamoro and its local government units. 

Other Moro organizations and individuals may form their own political parties to join the elections in the region.

Almansoor thanked the organizers of the training, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (AIG). 

“UBJP has come this far because of the KAS and AIG,” Almansoor disclosed. 

He also thanked the European Union for the financial support to the activity.